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How to budget for new flooring

How to budget for new flooring

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Deciding to buy new flooring for your space is an exciting time – there are so many fun decisions to make, from the type of flooring you pick to the colour that best matches your walls. However, there is also the other side of a project like this that we don’t like to think about as much – the budget we have to work with. With all of our budgets being a little tighter in recent days, all it takes is a little bit of knowledge and savvy to ensure that you can have the flooring of your dreams without putting a strain on your bank!

We’ll help you every step of the way with this guide, explaining all the different costs you should budget for, as well as how to save up for that budget, and some cost-saving efforts you can make to keep the costs down. You can also speak to our expert floorologists, whether you pop into your local Tapi store or even organise a free home visit for us to come to you and talk all about budgets.

How to budget for the cost of new flooring

The first step you should take when budgeting for new flooring is to take stock of how much you can reasonably afford to spend on the entire process. Every penny needs to be accounted for when it comes to purchasing something big for your home, and flooring is no exception! Here are our top tips to help you out:

  1. Measure carefully – ensuring that you have enough flooring in the first place will help keep your budget down, so you don’t have to fork out for delivery costs more than once. Our handy guide on how to measure a room can help you make sure your sums are correct.
  2. Take advantage of deals – if you can buy your flooring in bulk, chances are you might be able to get a discount on it, which can relieve some of your budget for other costs.
  3. Save money with higher quality flooring – remember that the price is not the only thing you should look at when you buy new flooring! If you opt for higher-quality flooring, then the chances are that you may pay a little more now, but you can save money in the long run by not having to replace it sooner than you think.
  4. Use our carpet calculator to help you get a good idea of how much it could cost for your favourite options. 

How much does flooring cost?

When you’re creating a budget for new flooring, there are going to be several things you need to keep in mind that will cost you money, such as:

  • The type of flooring you choose e.g. carpet
  • Room measurements (not something you need to worry about with Tapi’s free measurement service)
  • Labour costs
  • Additional expenses like finishing touches

You will also need to budget for our delivery and care package, and potentially for the removal of your old flooring.

How much does floor installation cost?

Different floorings will have different costs, and the cost will also vary depending on the size of the room and where the floor is going to be laid. You could also expect that it will cost more to put flooring down in a room that is an unusual shape or to put down flooring in a more complicated pattern such as a herringbone or chevron style. We have indicative costs of how much it can cost to buy and fit your new flooring with Tapi on our fitting services page.

Extras to remember

There are extra costs on top of your flooring that you will need to remember to budget for, including:

  • The cost of fitting
  • The cost of our delivery and care package
  • The cost of flooring accessories like underlay, adhesives, and coverings like door bars
  • Additional fees for an irregularly shaped room or staircase, for both fitting and cutting the flooring to fit

How to save money on the cost of flooring

There are some ways you can ease the strain on your budget, by saving money in some areas. You can try:

  • Waiting for your chosen flooring to go on sale
  • Getting a Tapi floorologist to give you a home visit, complete with a full survey your room and a quote for everything you will need.
  • Re-use your old flooring accessories like door bars and carpet grippers (if they fit)
  • Fit your flooring yourself – we would always recommend using our amazing fitters, but our DIY guides can help you out if you choose to fit your floors yourself.
  • Opt for cheaper underlay than the best of the bunch if you can find other ways to keep your space warm in the colder months.
  • Use Tapi’s interest-free credit options to help you get the flooring you love at a monthly price that works for you.

If you want to take the next step to make your new flooring dream a reality, then pop into your local Tapi store today to chat with our friendly floorologists – they’re always happy to help! We’re so keen to get your new flooring sorted for you, that you can also arrange a free home visit for our experts to come out and see your space to help you decide which flooring works best in your space.

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