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Question DetailsAsked on 10/19/2013

How much does hardwood flooring installation cost for seven rooms and a staircase?

We are closing on a home on Nov. 21 and need hardwood floors installed in 7 rooms and a staircase. Could a company finish by mid-December so we can move into the home after installation? What is a rough cost estimate? Will removing the existing carpets ourselves help lower the cost?

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Hardwood flooring typically runs about $7-12/SF for large jobs, though can be much more if using exotic woods. More responses on cost can be found in the Home > Flooring link right under your question.

For that size job it think it would take a large contractor about 3 weeks, I would guess - and that would be if he stays with it continuously, so counting on it being donew before you move in is tight - I would certainly prioritize rooms so the most important ones are done before move-in - the ones with heavy furnishings for instance, whereas rooms like stair, halls, infant rooms have little to move around after movein, and might acutlaly be better done after move-in so your new floors have less chance of damge by the movers. Production rate probably around 10-20 SF/hour depending on whether nail-down or floating, less than half that on stairs, so you can estimate it yourself - that is laydown time only.

Certainly removing and disposing of carpets and padding yourself will cut cost maybe $0.25-0.50/SF, as might removing baseboard trim if he wants that off (depends on how low it is set relative to where the final floor height will be). Be sure to stipulate in contract if he or you are removing base trim, and who is reinstalling it, and if he is filling both old and new nail holes or not (commonly NOT done in production houses, commonly IS done in high-end houses but only if specified).

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