Purchasing new floors can start off fun and exciting, but oftentimes, the options become overwhelming. So many questions pop up like, “What kind of flooring do I want? What style am I trying to achieve? Will it match my cabinets? How durable does my flooring need to be?” Let's take a look at some tips that will help you have a fun and enjoyable buying experience.
Step 1: Get inspired
Maybe your inspiration is something already in your home like a piece of furniture, your cabinets, or maybe you want to match flooring you already have. If so, bring pictures or maybe even a cabinet door or piece of your flooring from what you’re trying to match. If you don't have any inspiration at home, search through magazines for inspiring pictures or web sites like Mohawk Floors, Shaw Floors, HGTV, or Pinterest for good ideas. Brining your pictures, samples, and color swatches will make shopping much easier, and if you think you've found what you’re looking for, ask your sales representative if you can take a sample home. Seeing the sampled flooring in your home can help you know for sure if it’s the one for you.
Step 2: Think about what will fit your lifestyle.
You want your new flooring to be durable and suitable for the level of traffic in your home. Examine how your previous flooring has performed: did it work well, or do you have some concerns with that kind of flooring? In addition, you should consider the following: Do you have kids or pets? Are you empty nesters? Is this your forever home or are you fixing it up to sell or rent? Keep these things in mind and share them with your sales representative so you can find the flooring that best fits your wants and needs.
Step 3: Figure your budget.
The above tips will help in picking the right flooring for you, but you’ll also need to know your budget. Figure a budget for flooring that you’re comfortable with and be sure to take into account costs for installation materials and labor.
Buying new floors should be a fun and exciting experience. Don't let the options overwhelm you. Preparation is key. If you follow the above steps and share your thoughts and ideas with your sales representative, getting your dream floors can be as easy as 1, 2, 3.