Hiring a Hardwood Flooring Contractor
The decision to install hardwood flooring or to refinish your existence hardwood floors is an exciting one for homeowners, as it allows you to breathe new life into your home and change up your home’s design aesthetic. However, it can also be stress-inducing. You’re on the hunt for a hardwood flooring contractor who has experience installing hardwood floors and will get the job done perfectly the first time.
We’re here to help. Here are some tips and tricks for hiring a hardwood flooring company to meet your specific needs.
Evaluating Contractor Estimates and Bids
The first to consider when looking to hire the correct hardwood flooring contractor for you, is ensuring that the company you wind up hiring is capable of completing the job and doing so within a reasonable budget. However, these aren’t the only considerations that need to be made when comparing the estimates provided by contractors.
You should also evaluate the information and services that are included in each estimate and listen as contractors explain their process for hardwood installation or hardwood floor refinishing.
Are there steps that are being taken by some contractors that aren’t being taken by others? This could be a red flag that some contractors are cutting corners that could impact the longevity of your floors. In addition to evaluating these estimates, it may also be in your best interest to seek out references who can attest to the quality of the work done by a contractor. Once a bid is finalized, be sure to get it in writing and keep it in a safe place.
Verify Licenses and Insurance
Hardwood flooring contractors are required to be licensed in the state where they work. Be sure to ask for the license number of the contractors who will be completing the work and ensure that they are in good standing with the Connecticut licensing authority. Reluctance to provide this information is an immediate red flag.
Additionally, any reputable hardwood flooring company will hold insurance that covers any damage that may occur during the course of work. Ask the contractor meeting with you about the workers compensation and general liability insurance held by the company and the extent of its coverage.
Split Your Payments
Once you decide on a hardwood flooring contractor to hire and agree to the bid they’ve laid out, be sure to verify that payment will be made to the company in separate payments; commonly, this means paying a portion of the fee before any work begins and paying a second portion after the work is completed to your satisfaction.
If you feel any pressure to pay all costs up front, reconsider your choice of contractor. No reputable contractor or hardwood flooring company will pressure you into paying a lump sum up front.
If you’re looking for a contractor who will check all of these boxes for you, look no further than AGW Hardwood Floors!
Since 1961, we have specialized in hardwood floor refinishing and installation, and provide complimentary in-home consultations and estimates for your hardwood installation needs. On top of our free consultations and estimates, we have a 100% satisfaction guarantee on our work! We are properly insured, our company has the appropriate credentials for operation in Connecticut, and all of our installers are licensed. Give us a call today to discuss all of your hardwood floor refinishing and installation needs!