Call a couple of flooring contractors in you area and ask for a "ballpark
per square foot" estimate. Any numbers we give you are meaningless for your
area. Roughly I would GUESS that double the material cost would get you
somewhere in the general area. There is one heck of a lot of hard labor
The last time I checked, a few years back, the local price was $54 sq yard
(54/9= $6 square foot) installed over a clean dry ready to nail subfloor. I
doubt that price is still valid even here.
Most contractors are going to want to quote materials and labor. Finding
someone to install wood you have purchased will cost extra.
Buying your own flooring and then hiring someone to install it is risky
The installer will always blame the wood and the people who sold you the wood
blame the installer.
Get a quote for both together.
If you are partial to a particular wood get your installer to approve or buy it
This also means you won't be stuck with a bunch of extra or even worse be short
If you are short on materials you could end up paying sizable extra costs if your
installer has to come back later to finish the job.
With any kind of flooring I prefer to get it installed through the seller.
I'm not saying the op has this in mind but it never ceases to surprise me how
people buy their hardwood and then shop around for a cheap installer.
I used to get calls at my business asking if I installed hardwood floors all the
For peace of mind choose a reliable business to supply both the wood and the
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