As you know, we are very into DIY around here. (As is evidenced by the blog title around here, of course)
However, we are also into real life. And right now, where we are at in life…
*With one house we need to get ready for move-in.
*Another house we need to get ready for renting.
*A move from the latter to the first.
*A baby due 3 weeks after my target move-in date.
*And the Kid’s Conference that Handsome Man and I heavily involved with 2 weeks after the aforementioned mister is due to make his arrival.
Suffice to say, we are about maxed on the to-do list. That’s why when we got the name of a local hardwood floor finisher from two separate people (Handsome Man’s Sister was one of them) who had used him, we decided we might as well just get a bid to see where we were at.
When the guy showed up, I’m not going to lie… I fell in love with him! He’s an older guy who has done wood floor refinishing his entire life. And he sincerely seems to love his business! He was totally awesome!
Anyway… When he came back with a final bid of just over $1500.00 we weighed the pros and cons. I mean, it killed us just a bit to pay that much for something we *could* do ourselves. But when it came down to it:
*While I could pitch in for some of the sanding of the floors in the bedrooms, Handsome Man would need to do the entire finishing procedure alone due to the pretty intense fumes when staining and sealing. Normally I’d throw on a respirator and go at it, but being 30 weeks pregnant we thought that wouldn’t be the best of ideas.
*With the 3 bedrooms needing to be totally sanded down, (2 of which were slathered in carpet glue) we appreciated the thought that they would use massive commercial sanders instead of the rental sander from Menards.
*With everything on our to-do list, it was definitely an attractive thought to have the floors being done while we weren’t even there.
*And to a degree… Since this is our home that we will be living in more permanently a small part of me liked the thought of a super professional finish that we would enjoy ourselves for years.
Finally… When you break it down, the cost for us to do it would be:
$150.00 – 1-day Sander Rentals
$75.00 – Stain
$120.00 – Poly Sealer
$105.00 – Misc. Sanding/Staining/Sealing Products (Sanding pads/Tack cloth/Applicators/etc…)
Not to mention one full day of sanding and at least 3 evenings in labor finishing the project.
So all in all, we opted to just have them done for us this time. And it also helped a bit knowing we saved a TON on installation of the hardwoods in the hallway/living room/dining room/kitchen.
Now that it’s all done I have absolutely no regrets! (although…. I still need to write the check. Ha!)
Sometimes DIY in real life is a matter of weighing your needs at the time and opting NOT to do it yourself. After all… Next time we have hardwood floors to do, in all probability we will resume our DIY floor moves!