Did you purchase a new home with plans on upgrading the flooring? Perhaps you are looking to spruce up your current home with new flooring options. No matter what the reasons are, new flooring can be an exciting way to bring life into your home. Installing new flooring can both give your home a signature look and increase its overall durability. However, new floors can wind up being extremely expensive if you don’t know exactly what you’re looking for. Here are a few tips for saving money on new floors that will help you to keep your budget lo while letting you get the right flooring for you.
Look for Deals on Materials
Many big box stores, particularly those that specialize in flooring, engage in a process known as “power buying.” What this means is that they go out and purchase large quantities of a specific type of flooring material with the hopes that it will sell. Sometimes, however, their stock doesn’t sell as quickly as they would like and they are forced to offer customers like you big markdowns in order to clear their stocks. This can be especially beneficial if you’re not too picky about exactly what type of flooring you want in your home. If you do you research, you can often get big deals on your materials that will drastically lower the overall cost of your flooring installation.
Have a Plan in Mind
Do you know what rooms, hallways or other areas of your home you’re planning on installing your new flooring? If not, this can be a good starting place to both get an idea about your budget and to find ways to save money. First, you should know the size and approximate square footage of the room or rooms you are going to be installing your new flooring in. Accurate measurements will allow you to purchase the correct amount of materials and supplies without going over your budget.
Additionally, having a plan in mind will also keep costs low because you won’t be switching in the middle or changing your mind once the project starts. Develop a firm plan as to what you would like to accomplish and stick to it, which can help prevent escalating costs as the project progresses.
Get Plenty of Samples
Flooring materials can look very different in a store showroom or on a website than they might in your home.. You want to make sure that at the flooring you select is going to be the right color, texture and look for your home. Buy samples and take them home with you. Place them on the floor in different rooms and decide how they look, based on the amount of lighting in the room. Sometimes the colors of certain materials look different based on the intensity of the lighting. It’s better to know ahead of time which flooring is going to work for you, as returning materials or starting over half way through the process is a waste of your time, energy and money.
Saving Money on New Floors Can Be Fun and Easy
Starting on a flooring project can be one of the most exciting times that you’ll experience as a homeowner. In addition to deciding which rooms of your home you’ll include in your project and picking the perfect materials, you also want to do everything in your power to save as much money as possible. Fortunately, as we have seen, saving money on new floors is actually really easy when you have the right material sources and have a rock solid plan for your project.