Whether to DIY your own hardwood flooring or to hire a professional can be a tough decision. Considering we have been on both sides, I wanted to give you some things to consider before deciding. Several factors went into our decision each time we were getting ready for this project and as you know, we have gone down this road several times.
Time, Tools, and Knowledge
Here are a few things to consider: do you have the correct tools, enough time, and the knowledge to be able to install your own hardwood flooring? The tools and knowledge are easily attainable, but do you want to spend the time doing it?
Most tools you will need to install hardwood flooring can be rented or even borrowed. You may even choose to purchase the correct tools if you think you might use them again. Keep in mind, even with purchasing the tools, you will spend lots less than hiring a professional.
The biggest problem many face when considering to install their own hardwood flooring is not knowing how to install it. I always say, if we can do it, I know you can too. It seriously isn’t that hard and there are many online step-by-step tutorials that can easily help you get the job done. If you are willing to learn, you can save some money.
We have taken on this project several times and know it is a place we can save when building and remodeling. The tools and knowledge was never an issue for us. Henry loves buying new tools and learning new skills. It was always time that was the problem, but we were willing to put in some long hours to get it done.
In all honesty, putting down hardwood flooring is not that hard. I even got in on the action on most installations.
How Much Does It Cost to Hire a Professional?
So, I keep telling you it will save you some money and now I bet you want to know how much. Has it really paid off for us to DIY this project up until now? The answer is quite shocking! Installing engineered hardwood can range anywhere from $3.00 to $6.00 per square foot. This depends on the complexity of the layout, type of hardwood flooring, and your location. Another big factor is whether or not there is existing flooring to remove.
Considering we did not have any existing flooring and we had a clean slate our price was a little cheaper. We are paying on the low end at around $3.00 per square foot to have our engineered hardwood installed. For us, we had around 3,000 sq ft. It took the installers around 5 days of work to install and cost us around $9,000 dollars.
As you can see, that would have been a pretty big savings to do it ourselves. However, this time around it didn’t make sense. Our schedule did not allow and we couldn’t take on anything else at the time. Depending on your budget and schedule, you have to decide which is more important to you: time or money?
That being said, it is now two years later and we still see the benefit of DIYing it. We have already installed a majority of the hardwood in our new new flip house project. A combination of saving some money and not being able to find workers definitely led us in this direction this go around.