However, we can’t always tell if something is unforeseen. We’ve had situations where we lift the floor and discover that it’s damaged underneath, necessitating a replacement, or there’s mold or asbestos tile that we couldn’t have known about or anticipated. So, while you can’t always anticipate what your contractor will find, be understanding with him or her and remember that he or she may not be able to tell until after the floor is ripped up; recognize that your previous installer (or previous owner’s installer) might have made mistakes. At the same time, ask your contractor about what could go wrong – in order to be proactive.
The best flooring contractor should know how long the job should take.
- This can help you figure out how long your location is down and what might have caused the outage, as well as offer you some of the things that may go wrong and precautions you should take on your end. When putting the details together, be sure to ask about their availability to begin. Also confirm how long it will take (e.g. for product to be purchased/delivered and adjusted). Make sure you know how the project will develop – whether they’ll be there every day or skip days (note: some days may be required for drying time and many contractors don’t operate on Sundays).
The best flooring contractor must know how to contain dust and clean up.
- There are several ways to limit the dust and debris, so get ahead of the game and prepare. Offer plastic protection for areas that aren’t being worked on, as well as drapery, chandeliers, and appliances. Make sure they’ll clean up after themselves. I’m speaking from experience when I say that not all contractors follow this advice.