So, you’re ready to revamp the flooring in your home, but what’s the cost of new flooring? Here’s everything you need to consider to create a budget for your flooring makeover!
What is the cost of new flooring? Here’s a checklist of what to include in your budget.
- Flooring Material
- Underlayment (if required for the flooring type)
- Moldings – Trim (Quarter Round, Baseboards) and Transition
- Installation and Labor
- Sub-Floor Repairs or Leveling
- Removing and Disposal of Existing Floors
The first step of estimating the cost of new flooring is to get an idea of your material costs. You’ll want to start by knowing how much flooring you’ll need by measuring the area of your room.
Multiply the width by the length to get the area in square inches, then divide by 144, which will equal the area in square feet. It’s a smart practice to add about 10% more flooring than your area to account for waste. This total equals the amount of flooring you need for your project. Take this amount to your local retailer to get costs on the flooring types you are considering. Need more help measuring? We have a great blog post about how to measure your floor right here.
In addition to the flooring material, you should also budget for underlayment (if the floor you select requires it), transition pieces (between other flooring types/rooms) and trim (such as quarter round and baseboards).
Once you’ve budgeted for materials, it’s time to start thinking about installation. If you’re going to hire a professional installer, it’s best to call around to get estimates from multiple companies to compare and contrast pricing and offerings. Keep in mind that installation costs vary widely depending on where you live and the particular needs of your project.
Don’t forget to ask about the cost of removing and disposing of existing flooring, moving furniture, wallbase repair, as well as any possible sub-floor preparation or leveling needs.
DIY-lovers, you always have the option to install new flooring yourself to save money. If you’re thinking of a DIY floor install, here are some things to consider.
Take the above tips to help make shopping for flooring simple and fun! New floors not only greatly improve the look and feel of a room, it’s also a worthy investment that can increase the property value of your home. Ready to start getting inspired? View our floors now and start daydreaming your flooring makeover!
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