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Murphy’s Law for Floors & Home Renovations

Always Add a Murphy's Day for Flooring Installations
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Ken's Quick Answer:

Don’t get stuck due to a small delay. We implore you to add a “Murphy’s Day” in between when your general contractor says he’ll be done and your flooring install. Then, add a second Murphy’s Day after your flooring is finished and before furniture move in. You may thank yourself later!

Ken's In-Depth Answer:

I'm going to be frank and tell you a truth about flooring retailers (like myself) and general contractors. If your contractor tells you that he's going to be ready at the end of next month for flooring, he'll miss that deadline 20-30% of the time.

That's because it's very hard to be precise about when contracting jobs are going to be finished. They've got multiple trades to worry about and chances are that something is going to go wrong. Similarly, when he's all done and I go in to install flooring, there can be additional unexpected delays. So, what can you do about it?

Always remember Murphy's Law for flooring: Don't schedule your furniture to be delivered the day after the installation is supposed to be completed. Allow Murphy his one day in between our flooring job and your furniture delivery—just in case.

By the same token, allow Murphy that one day in between when the contractor tells you they are going to be finished and when we're scheduled to install flooring. If you observe that Murphy's Law in between both ends—anything that can go wrong, will go wrong—you'll avoid a lot of trouble.

If you have any questions about scheduling for home renovation projects and flooring installations, give us a call at 401-214-0285 or visit our showroom. We serve customers throughout Rhode Island and southeastern New England, including Newport, Middletown, Jamestown, Portsmouth, Bristol and more.

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About Ken: Ken Fain is the co-owner of Island Carpet in Middletown, RI and a floorcovering veteran of more than 40 years. His popular 'Ask Ken' video series answers common flooring questions on a variety of topics. It has reached thousands of viewers on both YouTube and Facebook.

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