Who doesn't love fresh, polished, gleaming hardwood floors? There is nothing like it and nothing feels quite like it as well. Of course installing hardwoods is not as easy as you may think, and of course the more expensive the floor the more important it is to have a professional install it.

Consider some tips for when you need to have a professional install your hardwood floor so that it gets done right the first time around.

Understand your floors!

  • Do you know why you might want to opt for hardwoods and what the cons are as well?
  • Is hardwood a good choice for your home or that particular room?
  • Can you properly care for hardwood once it's installed?
  • Have you done some price checking for hardwood floors?
  • Have you decided on a type of wood and the shade or color you'd like?

Understand your own concerns!

  • What is your budget? Can you afford this project?
  • Are you looking to get this done now or do you have a schedule in mind?
  • Can a general contractor handle this job or do you need a specialist that handles wood floors?
  • What other questions might you have that need to be covered with the contractor?

Understand your contractor!

  • Is your contractor licensed to practice in ?
  • How much experience does he or she have in this type of installation?
  • Have you gotten referrals about him or her from other professionals?
  • Have you checked their references?
  • Are they a long-standing member of the community? Do they belong to the Chamber of Commerce or other organizations?

Ask questions!

  • Can you see photos of their prior work?
  • Can you check their references?
  • Do they belong to any professional organizations?
  • Will they provide a free written estimate of the cost and time it would take to complete the job?
  • Do they offer a warranty as well?

Your contractor should also offer tips for taking care of your new hardwood floors so that it stays looking brand new. Don't just believe every product you see on the market as sometimes bargain products can dull your hardwoods. And be sure to test a corner of the floor with any product so you see how it reacts and responds. Your dealer or manufacturer should also have recommendations for the floor, so be sure to follow those!