Can we refinish our hardwood floors ourselves?

Q. We just bought an old house, and my husband says we can save money by refinishing the floors ourselves. Is he as crazy as I think he is?
Whitney, Minneapolis

A. Marital advice aside, he’s not crazy. When you rent floor finishing equipment from Pete’s storefront in St. Paul, MN, you’ll get a free hands-on personal lesson. With a bit of knowledge, homeowners can reduce their remodeling budget.

Plan ahead.

The customers who have the most successful experience refinishing their floors are the ones who planned their project ahead of time, allowed sufficient time, and allowed for “surprises” along the way. Read our helpful You can sand your own floor article.

My most disappointed customers usually decided to do their project about an hour before they showed up to rent machines. They were in a hurry, so they didn’t want to take any time for a lesson, and they expected the whole process to be over in a day.

Refinishing floors is not like renting a rug doctor! It’s more involved, but the results are so much more long-lasting, so the effort is worth it. And just in case you’re still thinking that I’m making this up, read some of the testimonials of other first-time do-it-yourselfers here.

Do you need advice for your specific hardwood floor problem?

Get a one-on-one phone consultation with a hardwood flooring expert. For a small fee of $25, we can provide the wisdom and knowledge that you need to complete your hardwood flooring project. When you don’t know what you need to do next, that’s when it’s time to call Pete’s Hardwood Floors Help Hotline.

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