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Pre-Installation Checklist

New flooring is exciting - you're about to see your vision and style come to life! But before your installers arrive, there are a few things you, as a homeowner, need to accomplish in order for the installation to happen as efficiently and smoothly as possible. If you have ANY questions, please reach out to your First Street Flooring project manager who will do everything possible to make installation as hassle-free as possible.

  1. Heating in your home. Make sure your home is heated to 65 - 80 degrees for 48 hours prior to installation. 

  2. Water & Electric. Ensure that there is water and electricity working and available in the home.

  3. Acclimation and temperature control. Your project manager will discuss acclimation of your product ahead of installation. If you have questions, please contact us.

  4. Remove all furnishings and breakables. In addition to decor that needs to be moved to another room, this could mean light fixtures, mirrors, artwork, photos, etc. Anything that could be in the way or is breakable should be moved. Curtains and window treatments should be removed or lifted.  

  5. Determine who removes furniture and appliances. If we have quoted furniture moving in your estimate, your installer will take care of large pieces of furniture. (See our Terms of Business.) You are responsible for removing smaller items, family heirlooms, trinkets, etc. Please clear closet floors and empty cabinets. Move books from shelves that will be moved. Your installer is a flooring specialist, not a moving specialist. If we have not quoted furniture moving, you are responsible for having rooms cleared by the time your installer arrives. 

  6. Clear out closets and storage areas. Everywhere that new flooring will go will need to be cleared out and free of debris.

  7. Disconnect all gas appliances and electronics. For many homeowners, this is a simple task, however if you have any doubts or concerns, this should be done by a professional.

  8. Prepare for dust control. If your new flooring involves sanding and/or cutting, you will want to seal off any rooms that are not being worked on. Consider masking doorways with plastic sheets.

  9. Prepare or designate a staging/cutting area. Ideally, this area should have a GFCI electrical outlet, a hard work surface, protection from weather, good lighting, and easy access to the installation area. Water may be necessary.

  10. Secure your pets. Installations are noisy and disruptive, you might consider having a friend or neighbor pet sit, if possible.

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