This can feel like a very difficult and stressful time. I can attest to having just been through this recently. You have to love the feeling of not knowing where a single thing is, your cupboards feel like they are bursting at the seems and everything seems now to be out in the garage. I never realized what goes into painting and replacing the flooring.
I am the do it yourself kind of girl with an attitude of nothing in the world will ever slow me down. I decided to rip out my carpet myself including all the underlay and all the staples. Now, there is a reason having a professional do this is so popular! It took me 2 days, I asked one of the installers how long it would have taken, he said 45 minutes… yeah I was a bit embarrassed. I can pretty much fix a car, but have never had a lot of experience with renovating a house. I was sweating and puffing while removing all the pieces of carpet all the while being afraid of cutting myself! So through my experience I want to give you a few female friendly pointers!
1. Give yourself plenty of time to move all your belongings out of the closets, off the floor, down to your basement or garage. If you are a second story house dweller with some intense stairs you're going to not have to worry about the gym for a couple of days! Who doesn't like to burn some extra calories?
2. It’s a process. Be kind to yourself and don’t be afraid to ask for help from the professionals! I can sometimes be a stress ball! I decided to let my better half choose the carpet and colors, and I aided him in the choices of the main floor Luxury Vinyl Plank
3. Let the professionals do the rip out and installation. There is a reason they go through schooling! They will have your old carpet and flooring out in a blink of an eye and you’ll have free time to do things that you’re best at.
4. Bring samples home and look at them at different times of the day. Make sure you love it at 6pm as much as you do at 10am and midday. Flooring can pull different colors in different lighting from warm to sunny, and certain rooms will look different too. I laid mine out at different times against the wall and baseboards to ensure I was picking the right color and texture.
5. Always remember your end goal so you’re not overwhelmed!
Handy man or not, the professionals are always there to help!