New flooring can give your home a whole new look. It can make rooms look bigger or smaller, lighter or more elegant.

You can choose between carpet, hardwood, bamboo, laminate, stone and tile. With so many options, it is important to choose an experienced flooring dealer. You will need guidance on which brands and types are durable. Let a good dealer help you determine which flooring material will best fill your needs.

When picking the best flooring and respective dealer, don't be overly frugal. You must think about longevity. Your budget may be tight and you might be concerned about pricing, but you must get the best value possible.

What if something happens in 10 years and you have no warranty on which you can rely? Or if the installers make a mistake and leave your flooring permanently damaged?

So be sure to look at additional support and services. Find a dealer who has a great reputation and long track record of excellent customer service. Spending extra money is worth purchasing a product from a flooring dealer you can trust. You aren't just buying flooring. You are also creating a relationship.

When looking for a flooring dealer, look on the Internet or your local phone book.

But don't automatically choose the companies with the largest ads. That is no sign of the kind of service you will receive.

The Internet can also be misleading when it comes to finding a qualified floor dealer. Just because it is one of the top search engine results doesn't mean that the company is reliable.

Instead, look on consumer review sites. Then check with the Better Business Bureau to see if the company has had any complaints lodged against it. If so, look to see how they were resolved. You might also check with the Chamber of Commerce.

After making a list of potential dealers you are considering, give each of them a call. Inquire about the background of the company and how long they've been in business. You may ask for referrals from previous customers for references.

Find out about the installation services they use and their reliability. Do they use in-company groups or outside contractors? Also, find out about prices and warranty coverage.

If you visit their offices, they might even show you a scrapbook of prior work.

Experience should play a role in which company you ultimately select. Quality of materials, comparable or lower prices and good references will all make a big difference in finding the right flooring dealer.

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