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How do I start a wood flooring business?

Updated February 21, 2017

Homeowners are finding that replacing carpet or tile with hardwood flooring works on many levels. Hardwood flooring, for example, is easy to clean and helps prevent allergies. Wood doesn't hold dust or dust mites the way carpet does, plus it's easy to damp mop if treated with a top coat of polyurethane. Hardwood flooring works better than tile flooring for homes with elderly people. Falling on tile can cause serious injuries. Any type of furnishing harmonises well with hardwood flooring, and wooden floors can be dressed up with area rugs, if desired.

Acquire proper installation skills to start the business by working under a master carpenter. Purchase tools for installing the flooring or make sure equipment can be rented in a given area. Obtain a business license and engage experienced part-time workers to help install flooring.

Provide catalogues and wood samples for friends for the purpose of obtaining a few contracts. Plan to rent or buy a delivery truck for transporting raw materials from a storage building to homes once you have set actual flooring installation dates. Rent a temporary building for storing the wood in the beginning, if a commercial space is too expensive for the starting budget.

Get business cards printed up once a few jobs have been completed. Ask for testimonials from satisfied customers to ensure references can be placed on ads or handouts. Take pictures of completed flooring jobs to post alongside pictures of how rooms looked before each remodel. Create a portfolio booklet to use for engaging clients and helping them decide on types of floors.

Talk with local building contractors to offer subcontracting services. Offer handouts of prices and phone numbers for giving estimates. Inquire about hardwood flooring jobs that are open for bids. Ask one or two clients already served to show completed jobs to contractors who might offer work opportunities.

Join the Chamber of Commerce in your city. Take part in business groups and after-work-hour socials to engage new customers. Stay with smaller projects in the beginning, such as doing one room or one floor of a home. Expand to hardwood flooring jobs that are commercial as time goes on, since connecting with business groups will open opportunities such as flooring ballrooms or large spaces in hotels.

Warning

Don't rent a large space for storing wood flooring at first. Wait until a few contracts have been fulfilled, since growing the business may take many months. Don't allow overhead to absorb profits in the initial stages of the business. Avoid paying out a lot of rent in order to reinvest monies back into materials and labour costs.

Things You'll Need

  • Installation tools
  • Business license
  • Customer catalogues
  • Wood samples
  • Delivery truck
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About the Author

Judi Light Hopson is a national columnist for McClatchy Newspapers. She is founder of Hopson Global Education and Training and co-author of the college textbook, Burnout to Balance: EMS Stress. She holds a degree in psychology from East Tennessee State University, and has been a professional writer for 25 years.