Prevent DIY Regret

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7 Questions to Ask to Prevent DIY Regret

Getting your floors done right starts with deciding between DIY or Do-It-For-Me. Here's how to have no regrets. 


There are few activities as fulfilling, and potentially frustrating, as a home improvement project.  Although HGTV and TikTok may have convinced us all that we're just a few hours away from a DIY job well done, reality can hit much harder. So before starting a flooring project yourself, we're breaking down a few things to consider, ensuring that it goes as smoothly as possible and leaves you with your desired results, not regrets. 

1. What's the type of flooring?

Different types of flooring require different tools and skills to install. Make sure you understand the specific requirements of the materials you've chosen and that you have what's needed to install it. 

A person laying a pink square floor tile on grout with spacers

2. What's the condition of the subfloor?

The condition of the subfloor can affect both the installation and longevity of flooring. Make sure to inspect the subfloor for any issues, such as leveling or moisture issues, and address them before installing anything new on top. 

Light gray wood tone floor planks being laid out on sub flooring

3. What's the layout of the room? 

You'll need to measure the room and plan the layout of the flooring before starting installation. This will help you to determine how much flooring you will need and where to begin the installation. Don't forget to consider patterns in the flooring material so it doesn't repeat in an inorganic way. 

A person laying herringbone patterned wood floors wearing gloves and using a balancing tool

4. What's the installation process?

Make sure to understand the installation process and any specific requirements for the type of flooring you have chosen. This includes proper acclimation, expansion space and gluing, nailing or stapling installation techniques. 

A person installing carpet floors using a cutting instrument and ruler against a wall surface

5. What's the amount of time it will take?

Flooring installation can be a time-consuming process. Make sure to set aside enough time to complete the project and to factor in potential delays.

6. What's the expected cost?

Flooring projects can be costly, even if you're doing the labor yourself. You'll want to budget for the cost of the flooring material and any additional materials or tools that may be needed. As silly as it may sound, you may also want to stop and consider what your own time is worth.

7. What are the safety precautions?

Flooring installation can involve the use of power tools and heavy lifting. Make sure to take the necessary safety precautions and have someone assist you if needed. 

A man using tools to install patterned tile floors wearing protective head and ear gear

By considering these things before starting a DIY flooring project, you can ensure it goes smoothly and that you're not only happy with the end result but also the effort it required.

It's also important to know your own limits. If you don't feel comfortable with the installation process or the potential risks, it may make more sense to hire a professional. Whether you're looking to master your DIY skills or ring the Do-It-For-Me bell, our Flooring Experts are here to help. Stop by one of our showrooms or schedule an In-Home Shopping appointment today to learn more.