Your very first installation step. Hire a professional.
Today’s laminate flooring does an amazing job of mimicking real hardwood, stone and ceramic. But installing it is a complicated process you can’t fake your way through. That’s why we recommend hiring a professional installer. The few steps for you are simple.
Move it out and take it off. You’ll need to move all the furniture out of any rooms where you’re going to be adding laminate flooring. If you have baseboards or molding that extends to the floor, you’ll need to remove that too. For little extra, your installer can do that for you.
But do note that you will need to remove any items that are in or on that furniture yourself. Like knick knacks, books and collectibles.
Be home but be safe. You need to be there the day of the installation, not only to let the installers in but also in case they have any questions. By the way, laminate installation really isn’t a spectator sport. So be sure to keep your kids and pets out of harm’s way.
A tiny bit of touch-up on the trim. Whether you removed the baseboards and molding yourself or had the installer do it, the process of taking them down and putting them back up might mean you have to do a teensy bit of touch-up painting here and there.
But it’s those finishing touches that will make your new room picture-postcard perfect.