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First time home owner -- How to shop around for hardwood floor installed

JackD121 984 961 September 23, 2013 at 02:21 PM
Hi All,

I bought a new construction home in Frisco, TX. The house is not ready yet. The builder gave a very high quote for hadwood floors ($17.75 per sq ft, handscraped nailed down) so i decided that i will get the standadrd carpet installed from them and then before moving in i will get hardwood floors installed (i asked the builder and they would not let me allow a contractor go in before getting a certificate of occupancy from me, so i will have to get carpet from them)

I was wondering if you guys have any suggestions regarding what is the best way to shop around and what to look for in the quotes from various contractors ...

I looked at home depot and lowes and there prices are around $10/11 per sq ft installed . Do you know if it would be cheaper to get a contractor and buy the hardwood from lumber luquidators ? and if so, could you please suggest as to how to find good contractors in a particular area. Any suggestion would be a greaat help..

Has anyone ever gotten a quote from Costco's hardwood flooring ? i think they have tie up with Shaw flooring. Wondering how comparable is their price with HD/Lowe's.

thanks a lot

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Hi All,

I bought a new construction home in Frisco, TX. The house is not ready yet. The builder gave a very high quote for hadwood floors ($17.75 per sq ft, handscraped nailed down) so i decided that i will get the standadrd carpet installed from them and then before moving in i will get hardwood floors installed (i asked the builder and they would not let me allow a contractor go in before getting a certificate of occupancy from me, so i will have to get carpet from them)

I was wondering if you guys have any suggestions regarding what is the best way to shop around and what to look for in the quotes from various contractors ...

I looked at home depot and lowes and there prices are around $10/11 per sq ft installed . Do you know if it would be cheaper to get a contractor and buy the hardwood from lumber luquidators ? and if so, could you please suggest as to how to find good contractors in a particular area. Any suggestion would be a greaat help..

Has anyone ever gotten a quote from Costco's hardwood flooring ? i think they have tie up with Shaw flooring. Wondering how comparable is their price with HD/Lowe's.

thanks a lot
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One thing, check with your builder and confirm whether you installing your own hardwood floors voids any part of your homes warranty. In a neighborhood I lived in I was told it voided one of them (something with the walls if I recall). Probably not a big deal but I would ask just to be sure.
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From ClarkHoward.com [clarkhoward.com]:

o Be very, very careful picking somebody to remodel your home. Do not hire people who drop fliers off in your mailbox, or who ring your doorbell and tell you your roof or gutters need fixing.

o For a minor renovation job, take recommendations for a remodeler from friends and neighbors. For a major renovation job, anything above $10,000, get recommendations from the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) or the Remodelors Council of the National Association of Home Builders.

o Ask candidates for your remodeling job for the last 10 homes they've worked on, a description of what they did, the dates they started those jobs, the dates the jobs were completed, and how to contact each owner.

o Ask what kind of insurance each contractor carries. Protect yourself by hiring people who have a current certificate of insurance or by making sure you have enough liability coverage in your homeowner's policy in case someone who's uninsured is hurt on your property.

o Don't sign a standard builders supply house contract for a remodeling job. Instead, consider using a contract from the American Institute of Architects (AIA).

o Get subcontractors to waive their right to place a lien on your home if they aren't paid by the contractor.

o Never agree to any contract that calls for a large payment up front. Devise with the contractor a reasonable timeline and pay schedule, under which the contractor is paid as work is completed. In the contract, include penalties against the contractor for failing to complete the job on time.

Here's additional information regarding resources and contacts [clarkhoward.com].
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Is there anything they could put down instead of carpet? Before they put down the carpet, I would consult with an outside source. To put down something you really don't want doesn't seem to make since. Maybe they could just put down plywood, or cement, or whatever the underlayment is. They seem to be giving you a hard time. But carpet is just so toxic, and hardwood floors, not laminates, are so much nicer and worth the investment. Then, if if they do put down the carpet, and you pull it up, it is just going to wind up in a landfill, unless you recycle it, and carpet recycle companies are not that easy to find.
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carpet is just so toxic
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When I purchased my home I subscribed to angies list. I've heard various things about their reviews but have always had good luck with the higher rated companies. You can reach out to them directly on the website and often times there are deals for angieslist members. Hope this helps!
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Thanks all for your valuable input. I have asked the builder multiple times and they have said that they will not let any contractors go in and put hardwood floors and they will have to put carpet and get certificate of occupancy. It is such a waste of carpet, around 1200 sqft of carpet .... i was hoping they would let the contractors go in and save the carpet money.

Another question i have is .. do you guys have any recommendation with respect to Glued down or Nailed down hardwood. I am leaning towards glued down. We are not planning to have hardwood in kitchen so spills is not going to be an issue. Nailed down ones are so nice but are around 30% more expensive plus we were told that since we are going to have it installed after construction, it will be even more expensive because they will have to raise the baseboards and cut the doors from the bottom etc etc .
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Thanks all for your valuable input. I have asked the builder multiple times and they have said that they will not let any contractors go in and put hardwood floors and they will have to put carpet and get certificate of occupancy. It is such a waste of carpet, around 1200 sqft of carpet .... i was hoping they would let the contractors go in and save the carpet money.

Another question i have is .. do you guys have any recommendation with respect to Glued down or Nailed down hardwood. I am leaning towards glued down. We are not planning to have hardwood in kitchen so spills is not going to be an issue. Nailed down ones are so nice but are around 30% more expensive plus we were told that since we are going to have it installed after construction, it will be even more expensive because they will have to raise the baseboards and cut the doors from the bottom etc etc .
I'm not a flooring expert by any means but I would definitely avoid glue. Also, you can put a hardwood floor in a kitchen. Since it will be sealed, it shouldn't be a problem. If I were you I would consult a lawyer asap!

Hardwood floors might be more money in the beginning, but it is definitely worth the investment.

There's another good site called www.brownstoner.com. It mainly deals with those living in Brooklyn, NY, but I'm sure it will give you more info than slickdealers searching for a deal, like me.
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Also, you can put a hardwood floor in a kitchen. Since it will be sealed, it shouldn't be a problem.
Just my opinion but I never would. It's not about the spills from people IMO but rather it's about the leak that your fridges water supply line will have, or if a dishwasher line leaks, etc..

It's those slow leaks that over time, and not much of it, can easily ruin hardwood floors. Or atleast when both the things I mentioned happened to me it did. Replaced kitchen floors with tile and no problems since Big Grin
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When I purchased my home I subscribed to angies list. I've heard various things about their reviews but have always had good luck with the higher rated companies. You can reach out to them directly on the website and often times there are deals for angieslist members. Hope this helps!
Consumer Reports doesn't trust Angie's List [consumerreports.org].

From the review:

". . . almost 70 percent of the company's revenues come from advertising purchased by the service providers being rated."
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I'm not a flooring expert by any means but I would definitely avoid glue. Also, you can put a hardwood floor in a kitchen. Since it will be sealed, it shouldn't be a problem. If I were you I would consult a lawyer asap!

Hardwood floors might be more money in the beginning, but it is definitely worth the investment.

There's another good site called www.brownstoner.com. It mainly deals with those living in Brooklyn, NY, but I'm sure it will give you more info than slickdealers searching for a deal, like me.
Sorry , but i don't understand why you are recommending to consult a lawyer .... ConfusedConfusedConfused
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Consumer Reports doesn't trust Angie's List [consumerreports.org].

From the review:

". . . almost 70 percent of the company's revenues come from advertising purchased by the service providers being rated."
I know this is unrelated to the discussion, but I actually thought about subscribing to Angie's List. Thanks for the heads up. So who do you trust. Yelp has been shady in the past, not sure if they still are. Any ideas about a reliable sources for reviews were companies don't pay for good reviews, and dishonest practices like that.
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Just my opinion but I never would. It's not about the spills from people IMO but rather it's about the leak that your fridges water supply line will have, or if a dishwasher line leaks, etc..

It's those slow leaks that over time, and not much of it, can easily ruin hardwood floors. Or atleast when both the things I mentioned happened to me it did. Replaced kitchen floors with tile and no problems since Big Grin
That all depends on what type of fridge he has. Also water spills from doing dishes, or water bowls form furry friends, can easily be remedied with a mat.

But if you really have reservations about putting wood floors in the kitchen, the only other option I feel are ceramic tiles, which actually cost more, and you have to find someone very skilled to do that. Oh, and stay away from porcelain.
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I know this is unrelated to the discussion, but I actually thought about subscribing to Angie's List. Thanks for the heads up. So who do you trust. Yelp has been shady in the past, not sure if they still are. Any ideas about a reliable sources for reviews were companies don't pay for good reviews, and dishonest practices like that.
My post above has advice on how to choose a contractor/remodeler.
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