A Beginner’s Guide to Creating a Flooring Budget

Any housing project is going to be huge and even daunting, especially for new homeowners. There is no doubt that these projects can are both expensive and necessary. It can be easy to try to find ways you can do it yourself and save as much money as possible. And that actually leads to one of the most common mistakes first timers make in that they overestimate their abilities, go cheap and do their own floors, and as the project goes on, they are met with a ton of surprises that blows their project way over budget.

We don’t want that.

So we made this guide to help you as you go through budgeting for your flooring project.

Start Planning Early

As with any housing project, you want to plan for it over a long period of time. If possible, see if you can start putting in a little bit of money every month do that you can save ahead instead of spending over a period of many years later. The earlier you start saving, the easier this process will be.

The good thing about your floor is that it decays very slowly, so you can be aware of the warning signs and start saving over a period of many months and you can expect the floor to still be usable until you replace it.

Get an Accurate Measurement for Your Room

Floor prices vary depending on the amount of floor space you’re modeling. One common mistake new folks make is that they estimate their floor measurements. Don’t eyeball it, just do the work and get an exact measurement for your room in square feet before moving on. You want your budget to be accurate.

Research Supplies and Get Samples

Don’t be afraid to take your time and compromise between the floor you want and the floor you can afford. You’re going to be happiest when you can sacrifice a little bit of both, but not go too far on one side. So that means allowing yourself to spend a little bit extra on a floor you like while also not overspending on a luxury you can’t afford.

When doing this, you want to meet with a professional. Having a professional to consult early on will not only help you as you adjust your plans and your budget, but it also helps us because we know you’re serious and responsible about this project.

Once you’ve done your research, you should be able to calculate how much money you will need for materials. The professional you consult with also give you a quote for the whole project.

Be Patient, Save Your Money

Don’t gamble by doing the project yourself. When you budget with a professional, the amount you spend becomes a lot more similar to the amount you were expecting to spend. Once you get a few quotes from various professionals, allow yourself some time to save up the money, negotiate quality and price, and also work with your professional flooring service about pricing options.

It’s best for you to save your money ahead of time, but you can often take a loan with the company to pay off the floor over time. Most folks do both, they save for quite a while so that they can take a much lower loan. That decision is up to you and how much you trust yourself to save along with how urgent the project is.

A new floor is a huge investment, but these first steps should help you get started,

Is DIY Flooring Cheaper than Professional Installation?

Is DIY Flooring Cheaper than Professional Installation?

We understand the temptation to do a floor yourself. After all, it’s just ripping out what’s there and putting the new thing on top right? Wrong. While it can be tempting to do the floors yourself, it can actually be more difficult, more time consuming and even more expensive than hiring a professional Here’s why.

Time

Being in a home without a floor installed is annoying, to say the least. It puts a strain on the whole family and will force you to do a lot of extra work. Professionals don’t just do the work faster, but much faster. We can have your floors done in no time, meanwhile, your work alone could take weeks.

You know the saying, “time is money.” Any money that could be saved from DIY flooring is then spent on the amount of time you take to install the floor. You will get to work fatigued for many days in a row, your housemates will be annoyed, and the stress will certainly pile up.

Skill

Installing floors is a skill. It requires a lot of work and experience in home building and remodeling. Proper installation requires expertise that not everyone has. And the skill shows. Even something as simple as putting carpet tiles on concrete requires a professional to look good.

Unless you have a lot of experience in home remodeling yourself, chances are very high that everyone will know your flooring project was DIY. Only a professional can make a floor look like a solid floor. Amateur skill shows, and you don’t want it on a floor that lasts 10+ years.

Cost

You might think that DIY is cheaper than hiring a professional, but that’s only true if you yourself are a professional. While professional costs do include the costs of labor, we also have better deals on materials and know the right manufacturers to buy from. We also make fewer mistakes, which cost money. If you break a piece of material you buy, that’s on you to then buy more and fix the issue.

Mistakes due to lack of skill are costly, and the price can very easily become greater than hiring a professional service. So why take the risk for something that’s not even guaranteed to be cheaper? Instead, hire a professional, we’ll work out a payment plan, and make sure you get the floor of your dreams at the budget you want and we’ll get it done quickly.

I don’t know about you but I think that’s worth the labor cost. Call us today at (703) 898-5912.

Do these Colors Match?

Do these Colors Match?

When designing your house, it’s important to consider how different elements blend together. You want your floors and walls to match, and you want your furniture to blend in as well. You want a variety of colors and a nice blend of cool and light. You want everything to look balanced and organized, without being too bland. Figuring out what works for your living space is very tough – that’s why interior designers can be very useful. But not everyone can afford an interior designer, nor is one always necessary. You can always learn a few useful tips to make sure your furniture, walls, and floor all work together nicely.

Floor Comes First

One of the first decisions you should make is between your floor and your walls. The first rule is to always start with your floors since that’s the most permanent aspect of the room. Make sure you have a floor you love and can draw a lot of inspiration. Everything else will come from the floor.

Subtle? Or Bold?

One of the first decisions you need to make about your home is whether you want to go subtle or bold. More specifically, do you want colors that stand out? Or would you prefer everything to really blend together? Bold designs involve a lot of contrast, such as dark hardwood with light walls featuring lots of primary colors where subtle designs might be closer to light hardwood and traditional wall colors such as off-white. Talk to your family and see if you can find something where you can all agree on, perhaps you can go bold but not too much, or you’re all enthusiastic about displaying your favorite colors. Usually, these compromises create the best looks.

Find the Right Colors

When looking for the right colors to match, you want to pick one that is present but also hidden. For example, hardwood floors have one or two main colors, but they also have hints of other colors as well. Maybe you can find a hint of yellow, or blue. Look at your floors and see if you can find the most hidden color – that will be the color of your wall.

From there, look at the colors present in both the wall and the floor, and do the same process. Look around for those super hidden colors and use your furniture to bring them out. Based on how bold or subtle you want to be, you can either embrace the most different colors or try to blend them all together.

Designing your room doesn’t have to be a chore. Work out with your family about what designs and colors you want, and see what will work with what you have. Especially when kids are involved, you can make this a lot of fun, and find ways to add everyone’s personality to that room.

3 Signs You Need a New Floor

Any homeowner should be prepared for a major home improvement or repair project when the time comes. You do not want to go cheap on something as essential as your home floors, so be sure you are aware of the signs so that you know when your floors need to be replaced and how you can prepare. Here are 4 signs you need a new floor.

Your Floors Are Old

Chances are likely that you will only need to replace the floor in a given home once. Floors last a while, especially hardwood, concrete, or stone. But if you have a floor that’s not one of those three, like carpet, bamboo, or vinyl, then your floor is more likely to last under 10 years.

The exact lifespan of a floor depends on the quality of material and installation (which is why you should never do your own floors). If your floors are were installed back in the flip-phone era, that’s a good sign that you should start preparing for a floor replacement.

Your Floor Has Cracks

Cracks are one of the clearest signs that you need a new floor. They are much worse than an eyesore. They’re also a tripping hazard, they create more cracks, and are an inviting home to bugs and fungus. They are a major nuisance and the best way to get rid of them to is replace the floor.

You also want to keep watch on the age of your subfloor. Cracks can also be produced on the subfloor and still present a major issue.

Your Floor Has Water Damage

If your floor has any dark spots, discoloration, or is warped, then that might be a sign of water damage. Especially in the Northern Virginia region where moisture can get quite high. Water damage is another significant concern for any homeowner.

Moisture is another warm invitation for bugs and fungi to spread which can become a health hazard in your home. Once your floor has water damage it needs to be changed.

And when you are ready to change your floors, be sure to hire a professional flooring service. Having your floors professionally done can add years to your floor life. Not to mention that you will lose money through trial and error doing the floors yourself, so there’s not even a financial advantage.

How to Keep Scratches Off Your Hardwood Floor

How to Keep Scratches Off Your Hardwood Floor

Hardwood floors are beautiful and among the trendiest flooring options available. The right hardwood floor on your house can give your home a modern, homey personality, while also increasing the value of your home. It is one of our top recommendations for any client looking for a new floor.

All floors require some upkeep. You want them to last a while, and to look as new as possible for as long as possible. For hardwood floors, part of the trick is to avoid any scratches. Scratches are easy to notice and can quickly change the aesthetics of the entire room. The good news is that you can easily prevent scratches from gathering with these helpful tips.

Don’t Push the Furniture

The biggest and most noticeable scratches come from moving furniture. Pushing your furniture can be tempting, especially when it’s heavy. But we urge you to use caution and find alternatives to pushing your furniture so that you can move it around easily without scratching your floor.

Consider Using Furniture Pads

One solution is to use pads. These attach to the feet of your furniture and slide gracefully on the hardwood, no scratches and no need to grab a friend or two to move your couch.

Use a Proper Vacuum

Sometimes vacuums have thick thistles that can scratch your floor. Most vacuums work well on hardwood, you just need to be wary of some of the heavy duty ones. You need something strong to dig into a carpet, but that same setting on the hardwood can lead to an unnecessary, scratchy mess.

Keep Your Pets Well Groomed

If you have pets, you’re most likely keenly aware that they have paws. We would never suggest declawing your cat, but their nails can be cut and they can be groomed. If you keep them well trimmed, then they are less likely to scratch the floor as they’re running around.

Keep it Clean

Be sure to clean up any spills, especially if you drop glass or china on the floor and it shatters! The cleaner you keep your floor, the longer it retains its fresh look.

No Shoes

One way to help this is to keep your shoes at the door. Your floors become significantly cleaner because you aren’t tracking in so much dirt, muck, and shards from outside.

Consider an Area Rug

Many families are opting for a rug with hardwood instead of a carpeted floor. It’s a wonderful, balanced combination, and your rug can handle a little more damage and is more easily replaceable.

You can take care of any expertly installed floor, so long as they’re expertly installed. When you’re ready to add hardwood to your home,  give us a call.