7 tips to help you lower flooring costs

7 tips to help you lower flooring costs

When renovating your home, the cost of replacing old flooring can make a dent in your savings. You want something cost-effective without having to compromise on the quality of workmanship or product. Fortunately, there are several ways you can lower the cost of your flooring without getting something that won’t last.

These tips can make sure that you get the best deal on your residential flooring installation.

Get remnants

Remnants are leftover pieces of tiles, flooring, or carpets that manufacturers usually set aside. They are sold at a lower price than regular flooring. Design and color choices may be limited but they will work in a pinch for a small back room or bathroom that’s out of the way.

Buy what’s in-stock

Most companies buy in bulk from manufacturers, and since they have large quantities of it, they can give you substantial discounts on these items. Buying what your local store has in stock will cut down considerably on your overall costs.

If you want something custom-made and eye-catching for your floors, that probably will not be a part of the store’s in-stock inventory, and you may have to adjust your budget accordingly. If you are renovating an office or guest house that doesn’t really need that personal touch, buying in-stock can be a good idea.

When in doubt, haggle

Most stores have a negotiation margin, which is why it can be a good idea to haggle when buying from them. They expect to give you a bit of a discount so you should never feel awkward. It never hurts to ask! Even if you don’t get a discount on everything you buy, you will save some money.

Consider the quote

When shopping for a flooring company to do your floors, try to understand everything the quote includes and everything it leaves out. Most quotes don’t include all the extras like trims, backing boards, moldings, and setting materials.

When you add the price of all these to the bottom line, it becomes significantly higher than you initially thought. Let your flooring dealer know exactly how much your budget is so that you are both on the same page.

Discuss with your dealer

When shopping for flooring, let the dealer know your needs in detail. Any allergies, how many pets or kids you have, what the weather and moisture situation is like in your area, and also how much your budget is. When your dealer has all these facts in mind, they are going to suggest a type of flooring that takes care of your specific needs and also fits into your budget.


Ask your dealer about the kinds of warranties they offer. A one-year warranty is fairly standard, but something longer than that may be available as well. Do your research.

Do your own labor

If you can move the furniture out of the room where the flooring is to be done, you’ll save on additional labor costs. Keep in mind that while you save some money this way, professional flooring installers will have the tools and expertise to install your floor quickly and efficiently.

If you’re ready to purchase flooring, be sure to keep these seven tips in mind to help lower overall costs. Visit GS Flooring in St. George today for a wide selection of affordable flooring options!