Can I Use My Own Installer?
This is a question that we are frequently asked when it comes to flooring installation, particularly with tile, hardwood and luxury vinyl planks. While the short answer is "yes", there are some things to consider before hiring your own installer, especially if you are just trying to save some money.
1) You might not actually save money
It's a good idea to have the company you purchase the flooring from actually give you a bid that includes the installation. If they're willing, have them breakdown the cost for you so that you can know what the cost of installation is. That way you can compare what your installer would charge.
2) Consider your time frame
Seems simple enough, but you and your installer might not be on the same page as far as timing, especially if they are running other jobs you know nothing about. Generally, when you purchase flooring from a flooring store and plan upfront to have them install it, they work to get it install as soon as possible, or even a couple weeks out if that’s what you need. There have been many times we’ve received call backs weeks, and sometimes months later, asking if we can install flooring purchased from us because the installer flaked out.
3) What experience does your installer have?
A jack of all trades sometimes works out great, but can turn your flooring job into a nightmare if they don't actually know how to install the type of floor you purchased. You’ll also need to consider how much demo and prep work needs to be done to your sub floor. If you’re having carpet installed, there usually isn’t too much to worry about. But if you’re having hardwood, LVP, LVT, or tile installed, make sure your installer knows how to level your floors and ensure that they will make proper cuts so the flooring fits.
4) Warranties & Licenses
You may want to check the warranties on the flooring that you purchased prior to hiring your own installer, along with checking their license. Many flooring warranties can be voided if the flooring is improperly installed or installed by someone without a license. This is also important to consider if you are planning to install the flooring yourself.
After you’ve done your research and taken everything into account, you’ll be more prepared to decided whether or not it’s worth the “shortcut “of having your own installer do the work for you.
As always, if you have any questions regarding flooring, installation, or issues on a project, we’d love to be of help! Just visit our Contact Page to get in touch.