The house we’ve bought has laminate flooring that is extremely Fugly and we were hoping to have it ripped up and nicer-looking laminate laid down. It’s pretty much going to be the whole house except the kitchen and bathrooms.
We have a dog so we were hoping for the AC3 or more rating of laminate. We went out to one of the flooring places in Mitchell and the quote that they gave us was for at least $19,000 – including materials, installation and presumably ripping up the old floor. The price made us blink but apparently that’s standard 😛
Today we went to Bunnings who were of course pushing the DIY angle and suggesting that we attend one of their home improvement workshops and do the flooring ourselves. If we were good at DIY, we could potentially get the materials and do the whole house for $4,000 or less.
The thing is, we really do not want to do it ourselves. Even though they kept telling us that the snap and lock laminate is easy peasy, they also said be careful of tradies that don’t follow instructions and don’t leave the right spacing etc. The way we see it, we’re likely to worse than a bad tradie … 😛
It seems like the best compromise is for us to buy the materials ourselves and then ask a tradesman to rip up the existing floor and lay the new floor. We know we can look in the yellow pages or the Chronicle but it’s hard to know who’s going to do a good job and who isn’t. Do people have recommendations for tradesmen who can put in laminate flooring and do a good job? Thanks very much in advance!