As the capital and largest city of the Northern Cape Province of South Africa, Kimberly is most famous for its quality diamonds, plus its largest man-made excavation in the world. Kimberly is located almost in the centre of the country, about 470 km south-west of Johannesburg and 955 km north-east of Cape Town.
Right around the city are a wealth of memorials and sites to commemorate some important battles of the Anglo-Boer war, especially the Siege of Kimberley in 1899 with the famous "Long Cecil" on display. In addition, Kimberly also flaunts other firsts, like the fact that it was the first city in the Southern Hemisphere that installed electric street lighting. It was also the first South African city that switched over to automatic exchanges and housed South Africa’s first Stock Exchange.
In terms of property, the average estimated value of a house in Kimberly in 2019 is about R880 000, and R660 000 for an apartment (as per property 24).
A Floorer (or flooring installer / contractor) is responsible for laying floor coverings in residential houses, corporate offices, restaurants, factories, etc. Floorers work with a variety of different materials including laminate, linoleum, vinyl, cork, rubber, cement, carpet, wood, and tile.
The main responsibilities of a professional Floorer include:
· Inspecting and cleaning surfaces in preparation for material
· Measuring areas to determine the correct amount of material needed
· Liaising with Architects and/or homeowners to determine the right type and amount of material for installation
· Correcting defects like an unlevel sub-floor or a surface containing rotten wood
· Sweeping, scraping, sanding, or chipping dirt and other irregularities from base surfaces
· Filling floor cracks with putty, plaster, or cement grout to ensure smooth foundations
· Ordering flooring materials
· Negotiating prices and providing estimates on how long a job will take
· Cutting flooring materials
· Using adhesives to glue material to the floor
· Installing padded under-layer to reduce noise
· Installing floor covering and ensuring no cracks are present
· Cleaning up leftover adhesives
· Mopping up floors and inspecting finished surfaces for problems
· Replacing any adhesive flooring material
· Supervising flooring assistants
· Working a range of other professionals in the industry such as Carpenters, Carpet Installers, Engineers, etc. in order to get appropriate job specs.
· Get references
Should you spot a flooring surface that catches your eye, ask the name of the professional in charge. But also ask questions such as “Was the Floorer honest, knowledgeable and punctual?”, “Were his rates reasonable?”, “Did he clean up his site after the project was finished?”, etc. Should you not find any word-of-mouth referrals, try homify where we make finding the ideal professional for your project much easier through our Professionals pages. Our collections include additional information on each pro, such as location, portfolio, contact details, and even customer reviews where applicable. Shortlist the Floorers that fit your needs – that way, you have more than one to approach.
· Do extra research
After you have shortlisted some candidates, do follow-up research and check that they have up-to-date licenses, insurance, and other documentation required by law.
· Get estimates
Have your final list of Floorer candidates come to your job site to do an inspection. They need to measure the area, calculate the amount of flooring material needed, their estimated timeline to complete the job, etc. Also ask them whether any extra work needs to be done on the existing floor underneath, what accessories are required, and the overall cost.
· Get it in writing
Once you’ve picked your Floorer, draw up a contract. This must include the type of work to be done, the amount of material needed, detailed costing, needed accessories, a starting- and ending date for the project, and details of their warranty on flooring and labour. Any changes need to be added to the contract and signed by you and the Floorer / Contractor / person in charge of the project.
· Be patient
Depending on your floor material, you might need to give it some time, such as a hardwood floor which requires about three days. Make sure that you and the Floorer add this time period to the project timeline.
· Safety first
A professional Floorer and his team will be wearing safety gear throughout the project, but it is also your job to ensure that you and your household stay clear of any injuries. Thus, keep small children and pets away from the job site until the Floorer gives the all-clear.
· Neatness is important
If you will be living in the same house as where the new floors are being installed, negotiate with the Floorer on where boards will be sawed, equipment need to be stored, etc. If necessary, seal off adjoining rooms with plastic, cover floors / furniture to protect them from dust, etc.