So, you know that it’s time to replace your flooring. You have a budget and you want to stick to it so what’s the best way to go about it? What must you remember to include in your project budget and are there any tricks that could help you stay on budget – or even under? Here we give you some advice and pointers on what to think about to make the most from your money:
A common mistake that people make when ordering flooring is to measure the area to be covered incorrectly. This is the first and most important step in your floor-buying journey. If you make a mistake here you could end up ordering far too much flooring which will end up being a very costly mistake indeed. A great solution to this is to book a free, no obligation home consultation with one of our flooring experts to make the whole experience that bit easier. These visits cover measuring, estimating and planning and our specialists can answer any questions you may have about anything from carpet to engineered wood.
- Which room is the flooring for?
Where you plan to fit the flooring can make a big difference as to the type you need. For example, a room with minimal traffic like a bedroom doesn’t need the highest grade laminate or the most hard-wearing carpet.
- Which type of flooring?
Again, dependant on the area of your home that needs the flooring, it may be that you can afford to reduce the price of your chosen floor. Are you after an engineered wood floor? Laminate flooring can give you the look of engineered wood flooring at a fraction of the cost. Similarly vinyl flooring is available in countless designs and is so realistic it can replicate many flooring types at budget busting prices. Or think about the carpet grade you want – do you really need that high quality feel or deep pile? Quite often the same look can be achieved with a similar carpet of a slightly lower grade which will still give you the quality you need for the living space being carpeted whilst saving you pots of money.
The chances are you will need new underlay so it’s worth remembering to include the cost of this in your budget. It’s surprising how many of us forget and budget for our floor without it, then get a bit of a surprise!
- Sub-floor preparation
It’s always worth taking your old flooring and underlay up and checking your sub-floor. Do you need to make any repairs? Do you need to replace any floorboards or screed the floor? All of these jobs increase the overall cost of your project so it’s best to know in advance exactly what you need to be done and how these jobs will affect your budget.
Whilst we strongly advise that all flooring is installed by a professional fitter, if you are adept at DIY it may be possible to fit it yourself. We have created some fitting guides to help you should you choose this route.
- Is your flooring in the Sale?
Once you have decided on your flooring, keep an eye on the price. Wait for the next sale or promotional period and see if its cost goes down. You could make a substantial saving.
- Interest-free credit
If you have set your heart on some flooring that is maybe a bit pricier than you originally wanted to pay, why not spread the cost by paying monthly? With no interest added you really can have the floor you dream of without breaking the bank.