If only life were like HGTV. Rooms would be transformed in 30 minutes. Debris would magically disappear. And all the work would be done by model-quality contractors. Reality can be much different — especially when it comes to installing hardwood floor.
If you’re ready to update your flooring, here are some considerations to help you decide if DIY or hiring a pro is the way to go.
What type of floor do you want?
Laminate flooring, like Pergo, can be fairly easy to install on your own. These boards arrive pre-finished and install without nails or glue. Real wood is not only more expensive, but much more difficult to install. Your decision to hire a contractor might depend on how much you can afford to spend fixing mistakes (after the cost of materials).
Are you comfortable with power tools, or is your electric toothbrush a challenge?
True wood flooring that needs to be finished on-site requires more technical skill. If you decide to forgo a contractor, make sure you have enough knowledge of power tools to be safe during installation.
What is your time frame?
Life happens. A day job, unexpected visits from the in-laws or running out of materials can all add delays to a project. Are you okay living with an unfinished floor in the meantime? A good contractor can complete the job within a set timeline, so you can get to enjoying your updated home sooner.
When in doubt, call a pro, at least for an opinion and a quote. I can also help you decide which home improvements are worth the investment and find reputable professionals to work with if you decide to go pro.