How much for home renovations?

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Posted by: from Montreal
8/11/2014 at 12:39:33 PM

For a 1,300 square foot apartment, how much would it cost to rip up old hardwood floors, nail down sub-floor (to fix squeaking), lay down soundproofing mats and then install engineered wood floors on top? Also how long would the work take, approximately?

I am due to have a baby mid-September, so my husband wants to get this work finished no later than the first week of September!! Is that even possible?

Also, we can't leave the house (stay anywhere else) so how long would the work take if we did 1/2 of the apartment, with the furniture moved down to the basement, then moved to the other side of the apartment so the rest of the floors could be finished?

Only looking for estimates and advice at this time.


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Date/Time8/19/2014 at 10:21:17 AM

Hi Christine,

I see that nobody has responded to your posting yet so I will try to help you out and lead you in the best direction.

You have to consider that you don't know what you find until you rip things up, at that point it may be too late. As for installation cost here in the Toronto area, we charge $2-$2.50 a square foot for hardwood installation. Prepping subfloor, putting down rubber sound proofing mats, the removal itself, will all vary depending on what you have right now, the type of sound mat you want to use etc. If there are any subfloor issues.

Have you also considered that some of the baseboards may need to come up, if not at least a shoe mould will need to be installed to cover gaps around the baseboard. Have you factored this in? It will need to be painted as well. The time is really relative to whether you have issues or not. it can be laid and trimmed in 2 days by experienced installers. The prep work on the other hand and moving from side to side completing half at a time will definately prolong this job as well.

I would say unless you have started this already, it would be very tough to find someone free and able to get this done on your timeline.

My personal opinion would be to leave it as it is if it is only cosmetic issues, and enjoy your new baby, and wait until you go on a vacation or something of this sort when the house can be completely empty and have it done at that time.

I hope this helps some.


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