When is the best time to install new Flooring in Westchester NY? The answer to this one is simple...Right before you move in! The time after your closing but before your move-in is by far the best time to update the flooring in your new home. It is faster, easier, less messy and less expensive. No brainer.
Oh, and by the way, I think there is some statistic that shows that 70% of new homeowners need to change some sort of flooring. (I have to find this source)...So all you realtors, make sure you have a good flooring person you can recommend (or use Angieslist).
When the house is empty, you don't need to worry about moving all the furniture or all the personal or breakable items - it's just much easier - regardless of whether it's hardwood flooring, carpet, tile or laminate. There are no obstructions, so it just makes the job easier and faster. Many types of flooring require drying time and you can't walk on it at all. This is true if you are refinishing hardwood floors (or doing any type of sanding) as well as tile. There can't be any walking nor any furniture (or appliances) on the floor at this time.
Plus, if you're not yet living in the new home, you don't need to listen to all the noise or deal with all the dust or the smell. It's simply easier on everyone.
I work with a lot of new homeowners. When it's their first home, they often have no concept as to how much things cost. (And, of course everything costs more than they expect). Last night I had a new homeowner in Ardsley, NY who wants to do a lot of remodeling. Thankfully, they know enough to know they can't do everything now. I gave them some advice - I told them they HAVE to do the floors and painting before they move in (they are refinishing the hardwood) - it's so much better to do both of these before the furniture arrives. I advised them they can wait for the kitchen flooring and cabinets and do that after they move in (plus gave them a range of costs...and they now realize the kitchen will prob. cost more than the combo of all the other flooring/painting and handyman work for the whole rest of the house).
I also gave them some tips that will save them a LOT of money on the bathroom. Rather than redoing the whole shower area and get into all the plumbing work, they can (for now) reglaze all the tiles and neutralize them. Considering that this is not the main bathroom they'll be using, this made sense and I probably saved them several thousand dollars (which they can save towards that kitchen which will have a much bigger impact for them). I recommended another contractor who could help them with this and an electrician who could help them with the lighting.
I try to help my Westchester customers find the best flooring for their needs and budget. I try to advise them on what is best for them short-term and long-term because I want them to look at me as trusted resource. I want their repeat and referral business. So, even if that means a smaller job for me now, it the long run, I believe it will help.