After you’ve made the exciting decision to either install or refinish hardwood flooring, it’s time to prepare. Compared to other flooring choices, hardwood takes longer to refinish and install – so you’ll want to have a plan in place to make sure you’re out of the house during this time. In addition, you won’t want to be around for the dust and fumes – and you certainly won’t want to damage the work by walking on the floors.

After you’ve made your getaway plans, make sure to prep your house to make the process as smooth as possible.

Have a Plan for Moving Furniture


It’s best if furniture doesn’t have to be moved up and down stairs. So if you plan to do the whole house, you could, for example, do the all of the downstairs plus one room on the top level. That way, you’ll have a spare room to put the top-level furniture in when the time comes. You could also consider hiring a third party to help with moving the furniture – especially for heavy pieces and appliances.

If you are installing new hardwood floor or some is needed for repair work, keep in mind that the hardwood will need to sit in your house for several days before installation so it can acclimate to the temperature and moisture conditions of your home. So clear aside some space before the new hardwood is delivered.

Provide Dust Control


You can expect a lot of dust to be created and circulated during a flooring installation or refinishing. Floor installers will do their best to minimize the dust, but it’s a tricky thing to contain. We recommend you take some precautions yourself:

● Seal off rooms that won’t be sanded: Close the doors and cover the doorway with plastic held on by masking tape.
● Cover the gaps under doors by rolling up towels.
● Cover heating ducts and other openings to prevent dust from spreading throughout the house.
● Remove window treatments or cover them carefully in plastic.
● If you own a piano, consider moving it into temporary storage. If that’s not an option, definitely move it into one of the closed-off rooms.

Provide an Outdoor Cutting Area


A great way to reduce dust and debris is to set up an outdoor area for the installers to cut flooring and plywood. When deciding where to put the cutting station, keep in mind that the installers will need:

● Access to an outdoor, GFCI-protected electrical outlet
● A hard work surface like a garage floor or a concrete patio
● Protection from the elements (e.g., a garage or carport)
● Good lighting
● Close proximity to an entry door to the home

It’s a good idea to consult with your flooring professionals about anything else they need from you prior to installation or refinishing. There may be additional steps for you to take, such as removing doors and baseboards.

It may seem like a lot of work to have hardwood installed or refinished. But we promise it’ll be worth it. Why? Compared to other choices, hardwood flooring lasts for decades. In addition, it’s safe, clean, low maintenance, sustainable and, of course, beautiful.

At Loudoun Valley Floors, we work hard to make this process as easy as possible on you. We can take care of most of the moving and prep work. We’ll let you know exactly what needs to be done and which responsibilities fall on us when we come to your home to measure for an estimate. Not only will our experienced professionals guide you through the process of choosing the best hardwood for your home, but we will make sure you have the best installation experience possible.