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How to buy wood flooring

Finding a wood floor fitter

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Finding a wood floor fitter

Find out how best to choose who will lay your wood floor and what to do ahead of time to make the process easier.

Follow our tips to make sure you get the right person for the job, pay the right amount and have a smooth fitting process once they arrive.

How to find a professional floor fitter

  • Check Which? Trusted Traders for recommended fitters in your area who've been vetted by assessors.
  • Ask your retailer for a recommendation, as it may have a contract with a local company or provide its own fitting service.
  • Ask local friends and neighbours whether they have had a positive experience with a local trader.

Get an estimate from a couple of fitters

If you’re paying a professional, you’ll usually first be visited by an estimator, who will work out how much you need and how long it will take. 

Get a couple of quotes before you commit to a fitter to avoid paying over the odds.

The initial estimate usually assumes that the sub-floor on which the new floor will be laid is in good condition. However, this is not always the case – if, once your existing floor is lifted, you find that floors are uneven or floorboards are missing or squeaking, the duration of the work and the price can go up. Ask your fitter about this in advance if you have particular concerns. 

Prepare your floor in advance

Once you've agreed on a fitter and arranged a date, ask them what they'd like you to do to prepare.

You'll usually find that it's up to you to remove all your furniture and existing floor coverings, and check that all the existing floorboards are fixed.

Make sure the floor is clean and dry, and that all nails are knocked in.

Once a floor is laid, it is difficult to get to features under the floorboards. So if you are likely to need to access your central heating pipes or run cables under the floor for a surround-sound system, wired security monitors or telephone, you should do this before the floor is laid.

To get the best finish, remove skirting boards and put them back after the floor has been laid. Your fitter may do this for you.

Tips to save time

You'll save time in the long run by pointing out any potential problems to the estimator who comes to see your property. For example, let them know if rooms have been knocked together, or chimney hearths have been removed, as this could affect the level of the sub-floor.

Hidden features, such as sunken or raised hearths, or floors at slightly different levels will take more time to lay over as the fitter will have to create an even surface first.

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