When you finally make the decision to remodel your home, this is just the first in a series of equally important decisions. As in, what do we do now?  What is our budget?  Should we use a General Contractor?  The expertise of an Interior Decorator?  The services of a Professional Remodeler?  Should we Project Manage the job ourselves?  Hire painters, or do it ourselves?  Should we use a big box retailer for our flooring or hire an independent flooring company?  These are just some of the big decisions as you begin this process.

Here are some helpful hints for the flooring portion of your remodel.
                    Use the internet to search all options available to you as there are so many from which to choose. Be aware that all flooring company options are not created equal.  Sometimes outfits with the lowest prices will often have smaller inventories and products. In fact, many times the reason for their low prices is that the products they offer have been discontinued by the manufacturer.
                   
Read reviews of flooring companies on Google searches, Houzz, Angie’s List, and other sites. Be informed that there is a stark difference between big box realtors and independent flooring companies--more than likely, you will be provided a greater level of experienced advice from an independent company. And, seasoned advice is a tremendous value added to a large investment like new flooring.  What most people don’t realize is that independent flooring companies have long-established relationships with product manufacturers.  These relationships help to provide the highest-level of on-time delivery, service, and product value.
                    
Create a list of things you need versus a list of things you want. A quick and easy way to decide what is a must and what might be a maybe is to make a list with two columns. Write down everything that you need in one column and what you would like in the other. This allows you to see where you can dedicate most of your time and spending. Don’t worry if your want list is longer than your need list:  You can always add more to your design later.
                     
Regarding your budget, it’s important to know what you can afford. Having an idea of what you can spend also allows you to save up money or take out loans if you need to. Rushing to do so at the last minute can be stressful. Having a plan can save you from that stress.   
                     
Finally, double-check to make sure that whatever flooring company you use for your material and installation is a reputable organization that has been in business for some time.  
                    
In the long run, these decisions and action points will help to make your flooring installation go smoothly and allow you to enjoy your refurbished home for years to come.