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Hiring a tradesman for floor sanding or restoration
Sanding or fully restoring a floor can be very worthwhile for the value of your property, so it pays to invest your time in hiring the right tradesman for the job. Plentific allows you to generate a list of the best tradesmen in your local area that offer floor sanding or restoration services and will also give you access to their customer reviews to help you make your final decision. Best of all, each and every job booked via Plentific will be covered by the Plentific Guarantee.
What do you need to know about floor sanding or restoration?
Depending on the condition of your floor and the material it is made of, there can be several different jobs involved in floor sanding or restoration. Sealing, filling, coating and varnishing are all possible tasks, so be sure to have the job assessed beforehand, ideally by several different tradesmen. This will also ensure that they have the right equipment for the job, which means less back and forth and a speedier finish. Before selecting a quote ask for a price breakdown, as this should list the required jobs and you may be able to find some that you can do yourself to save money, such as moving furniture out of the room or disposing of waste.
Certain jobs may require specialised skills, such as gap filling or applying certain coating. In this case, in addition to checking customer reviews for each of your options, it is especially important to check their credentials. They may have completed an apprenticeship scheme or a college or industry qualification. It is a good sign if they are part of a national tradesmen’s association such as the Wood Flooring Association (BwfA), as these organisations usually enforce high standards and codes of conduct for their members. Look over previously projects for your choices, especially for flooring made of the same materials as yours, and try to judge the quality of their work.
Before making your final decision on who to hire you should make sure that your tradesmen are adequately covered for accidental damage and liabilities, especially if you are having them move your belongings from the room requiring work. They should also have a policy in place for if you are unsatisfied with their work.
How much does floor sanding or restoration cost?
The cost of floor sanding or restoration is typically measured in square meters after your tradesman determines what jobs are necessary. Usually it can cost around £9 to £12 per square meter, though with certain coating or sealing jobs this can increase to over £15 per square meter. Staining, dying and other jobs will all contribute to this, as will the type of wood your floor is made of. There are certain things you can do yourself to save money, such as removing furniture from the room or removing waste materials, but it is unwise to scrimp on the quality of the main job to save money in the short term. A high quality wooden floor that has been well restored and maintained can add a lot of value to your property.
Remember to have your job assessed, ideally by more than one tradesman. Such assessments are usually free, and will give you an idea of how to proceed price wise. Ask for price breakdowns and compare your options before making a final decision.