||Flooring (main) : Flooring Checklist
When you’re ready to start a flooring project, this checklist will help you keep on top of things.
If hiring a professional, be sure to book the installation as soon as possible
Three weeks before
- Check the flooring you want is available in the quantity you need.
- Ring your flooring expert to confirm installation date.
- Start moving smaller objects from the room.
The day before
- Prepare the room for renovation. Remove all furniture, soft furnishings and wall hangings.
- If you’re installing parquetry, ensure windows can be easily opened and shut for ventilation.
- Ensure there is a clear, unobstructed path through the work area for easy tradesman access.
- Make sure the space is clean and empty.
On the day
- Be punctual to meet your flooring specialist.
- Leave them to the job, but stay on hand to answer any questions or address unexpected situations.
- Ensure there is adequate ventilation.
- Be there to see your specialist out at the end of each day.
- Check with your specialist when the floor will be ready to be walked on. And when furniture can be moved back in.
The day after/When your specialist advises:
- Clean the room of any accumulated dust and grit.
- Begin moving your furniture back into the room.
- If you’ve had parquetry or treated concrete laid, make sure the room is not overpowered by chemical smells.
If you’re tackling the task yourself:
Three weeks before:
- Be sure you have all the necessary skills and tools required to complete the task.
- Purchase all required materials in quantities above what you expect to use.
- Sketch out the shape of the room and measure the degree of any non-right angles.
- If original flooring must be removed, begin this now.
- Make sure you have a way of disposing of your off-cuts.
The day before:
- Ensure all furniture, soft furnishings and wall-hangings are removed from the room.
- Make sure there is adequate ventilation.
On the Day
Note: Each floor and flooring project is different, and checklists will differ accordingly
- Handle all materials with care.
- Check and re-check all your measurements before cutting materials.
- Ensure your chemical ratios are as accurate as possible for the best finish.
- If you decide you cannot complete the task, don’t panic! You can always call a professional to finish.