Choosing floors for your home is a big decision, so be sure you avoid these four common mistakes before you have the installation done.
Going for the “Latest and Greatest”
The flooring industry is just like any other, meaning that we see all kinds of hot trends and “must have” options come and go. While plenty of them certainly have their benefits, it’s important that you don’t get swept up in the hype when making your decision. Doing so is a surefire way to end up regretting your choice after installation is over.
Always think about your unique needs first and foremost. That really has to be at the foundation of your choice for flooring. If you have kids, pets, entertain a lot, live an active lifestyle, etc. – these are all things you must think about before proceeding.
Trends come and go, but the right floor for your home is something that is based on your consistent requirements.
Choosing a Bargain (and Paying for It Later)
Putting in a new floor can be a big investment. There’s no denying that. As such, a lot of people look to save money wherever they can. There definitely isn’t anything wrong with doing so.
Still, you need to be careful and make sure you don’t end up cutting corners. Otherwise, you may be left with poor flooring that won’t last very long. In the end, your attempt to save money could actually become the source of another big expenditure.
To be clear, this pertains to installation too. You may have the perfect flooring for your home, but if you don’t pay to have experienced professionals install it, you’re going to be in trouble.
Not Learning About the Flooring Beforehand
Sometimes, flooring seems so perfect for your home that you just go ahead with the purchase before thinking things through. Other times, you may believe you already know everything relevant about a particular option, giving you lots of confidence as you move forward.
Installing new floors is a big decision and one you should take plenty of time with. Even if you know exactly what kind of floor you want, it’s definitely worth thinking it all the way through and even learning about the material some more before you spend any money on it.
You’d hate to find out, once it’s too late, that the option you were so confident in is actually subpar for your purposes.
Only Looking at a Small Sample
Try to see as big a sample as possible for your floor before moving ahead with the installation. Something like a 2×2 inch piece just isn’t going to be enough. Obviously, floors are quite large so something that looks great in the palm of your hand may look absolutely horrible when it’s lying beneath your feet.
Also, think about how the light will hit. When you hold it in your hand, directly under the light, that’s not how it’s going to look when it’s farther away on the ground.
The big takeaway here is just to take time with this process. Consider all your options, make sure you have a sufficient budget and then pay for quality.