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How to Prepare for Flooring Installation

How to Prepare for Flooring Installation

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Congratulations on your new Harper floors! Here are a few tips from our team to ensure you are well-equipped and prepared for your upcoming flooring installation. 


  1. Create a checklist of material and tools that you'll need to complete your installation.
  2. Give yourself about a week before your actual installation date to make sure your space is well-prepped. 
  3. Sweep, sweep, sweep – before, during, and after installation.
  4. Set aside time to BE PRESENT during installation, especially at the very start of your installation where you will be deciding how to directionally lay out the planks and stagger any repeating patterns. 


  1. Identify your installer and know exactly what you’re paying for. Things like subfloor demolition and furniture removal are usually included in your project quote for typical flooring installations, but that may not always be the case. While you are vetting installers and comparing quotes, inquire about the cost and timeline for these pre-installation procedures. Things like moving large furniture pieces, subfloor preparation and leveling, disposal of old flooring and garbage created during installation, installation of moldings and accessories like baseboards – avoid surprise fees that can easily get tacked onto your bill after the fact. 
  2. Remove breakable items from the installation area. Remove items that can get accidentally nudged and damaged during installation. Remove hanging mirrors, glass frames, paintings, and drapery.
  3. Disconnect gas appliances if needed, such as your washer and dryer if you’re installing new flooring in your laundry room. 
  4. Clean your subfloor – mop, sweep, and vacuum as needed to minimize grit, dirt, and dust on your current floors. A clean and level subfloor is key to a successful installation.
  5. Prepare a space to receive your new floors in the room that you will be installing in, to allow the floors to acclimate. Ensure you are maintaining consistent living conditions (temperature and humidity levels). 
  6. If you will be installing your new floors on top of a concrete subfloor, verify the moisture content in your concrete subfloor with your installer and keep this for your records. Ensure a proper vapor / moisture barrier is used as needed. 

Last but not least, be sure to review the installation guide provided with your new floors for any additional steps required for your specific product. 

For additional information, guidance or questions, reach out to us at Thank you for allowing us to be a part of your renovation journey! 

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