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I will get to how I saved over $700 part in a bit, but first I need to show you our cork floor. When I shared all the finishes I chose for the basement, I showed you a small sample of the cork floor. Here is the almost finished cork floor in our basement the night before the carpet was installed:
Here is a sneak peek of the cork floor, desperately needing a good sweep/mop, with the carpet installed:
It is the Smoky Mineral Plank Cork by Millstead from Home Depot. The color is closest to oak, but it has a green undertone and overall the flooring is ashy. Lowe’s has a very similar cork flooring for the same price. We ultimately decided on the cork from Home Depot, because it had a more uniform appearance. The cork from Lowe’s had more variation and darker streaks that gave it a more mottled look.
So, let’s talk about how I saved over $700 on the cork for the basement. I hope these methods might be useful to others looking to do a flooring project soon. Some of these ideas may work to save on other flooring types as well.
The cork we chose is $3.98 per sq ft. We needed 430 sq ft to cover the bedroom (my office), the kitchenette/mud room area, and the small bathroom. The quote from Home Depot for the cork flooring started out at $3500. The price included the flooring, the transitions, baseboard, vapor barrier, delivery and installation. Immediately upon seeing the quote I whacked several line items related to the baseboard and installation totaling just over $800. We plan to DIY the baseboards. Something did not sit right with me about paying someone over $500 to install baseboard and shoe molding in two rooms. So the new starting price was $2700. I wanted to get that down even further!
- I opened a Home Depot Credit Card. Let me start by saying, I never open store credit cards just for discounts…I think that is generally a bad practice. In my case, I frequently shop at Home Depot and know the promotions and discounts they offer to cardholders could save me money over time. With the basement project and other upcoming projects around the house I knew there would be several large purchases where the discount would apply. With that said, I bought my flooring during a 10% off promotion for cardholders. I saved about $200 when I purchased the cork flooring with my Home Depot credit card.
- Skip the delivery. I opted to pick up the flooring, which was special order, in the store instead of having it delivered to the house. The itemized costs for delivery included $59 for delivery, $20 more for delivery of more than 20 boxes (the flooring was in 40 boxes), and $61.50 for carry-in. The carry-in fee only includes ground level, but I needed my flooring in the basement. I chose to save $140.50 by picking up the flooring at the store and carrying it in to the basement with my hubby’s help. At the store they sent someone upfront with my flooring and he loaded it into my car. I unloaded it at home with my hubby’s help. I won’t lie…it was labor intensive, but I viewed it as a good workout.
- I installed the flooring all by myself. It was one of the first projects I tackled when I started staying home full-time. It took me 15-20 hours total to install the flooring. I worked on it by myself. It was pretty easy, since it is a floating click-lock floor. Two people could have installed the floor faster. I saved $397 by installing the flooring myself.
My total savings was over $700 by using a Home Depot credit card during a 10% off promotion, picking up the flooring at the store, and installing it myself. That brought the cost of my flooring project down from $2700 to $1900.
The best news of all…I actually saved an other $250 on the transitions, but that is a story for another day.