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why voyageur flooring left

For those homeowners who don’t know what is, it’s a site where as a homeowner you can detail what type of contractor you are looking, give details about your job, and then contractors (who pay money to call you to service your need. Essentially, is a lead service…they collect leads from homeowners and then sell the lead over and over again to any contractor who will pay for it. Each contractor must prove his company is insured, but that’s not that hard.

Here’s why Voyageur Flooring has stopped working with We have nothing against anyone at ServiceMagic, but feel like sharing why we left will ultimately benefit you (the consumer)!

1. As a homeowner, you have a need within your home that you are willing to pay someone to solve. You don’t need 10 companies to solve it – just one. sells your lead until they are blue in the face often times resulting in a “mad dash” to your doorstep.

2. The best companies don’t always win – which means as a homeowner you don’t win. Companies that don’t spend money on advertising or other traditional business practices can simply be a member of ServiceMagic and call it a day. It’s not a sustainable business model but it can work for awhile. In the meantime, the loser is the homeowner. 

3. Because “the lead” is sold more than once, twice, three times, etc., this eventually will result in a degradation of the services provided. For example, if company A knows they need to bid the work REALLY low to get the job, because they are bidding against 6 other companies, what do you suppose will give way in this scenario? The answer is something that hurts the most important part of the equation – the homeowner that has a need! You see, company A is going to bid it really low to get “the work” and then will skimp on the supplies (using poor quality materials) which pads his already slim profits.

As a homeowner, you have a lot of research tools at your disposal via the web. We encourage you to utilize those tools (ie: look for letters of reference, reviews, etc.) and make an informed decision about your contractor (on your terms). Don’t fall for the low price leader – when it comes to hiring a contractor, you get what you pay for.




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Before and After Hardwood Flooring photos

Minneapolis Hardwood Flooring

Minneapolis floor sanding

Voyageur Flooring relishes a good challenge when it comes to salvaging hardwood floors. Not every job is this drastic, but this certainly shows you that no job is to difficult. Whether you live in St. Paul, Minneapolis or a surrounding Twin Cities Minnesota suburb,  Voyageur Flooring can help you solve your hardwood flooring needs. Even if its DIY Hardwood Floor sanding advice, we’re here to help. If you’d like to request a free estimate or read a letter of reference about Voyageur Flooring our main website has a lot of information about us!

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Do it yourself hardwood floor sanding

At Voyageur Flooring we really enjoy it when people hire us to work in their home and provide solutions for their hardwood flooring needs. We know that some people rent equipment and attempt to sand their own hardwood floor. Sometimes things turn out great and that specific homeowner can save a few dollars (if they have the time to do the work). Other times things don’t turn out very well and the job goes south. Voyageur Flooring has a page on our website where homeowners can ask us questions via the comment box. If you attempted to Do It Yourself and things aren’t working out very well, we encourage you to ask Voyageur Flooring for advice via the comment box and we’ll do our best to answer your questions free of charge. Maybe our tips and advice will be just what you need to “get over the hump” and get the hardwood floor sanded and refinished. Ask us for advice!

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Preparing to sell your home? Voyageur Flooring can help…

Recently Voyageur Flooring refinished the hardwood floors of a couple living in the Crystal Lake neighborhood of Minneapolis, Minnesota. In the competitive Real Estate market that we find ourselves in, having an advantage over other homes for sale in your area is a key element to selling your home in a timely fashion. Of course their are a lot of ways to accomplish this, and one such way is to have freshly refinished hardwood floors. This couple was kind enough to share a letter of reference that Voyageur Flooring is excited to share with you…

   Dear Ben & Voyageur Flooring,

   We are very pleased with the way our floors turned out – they are gorgeous

   and have been fully restored to their natural beauty! Voyageur was able to

   fit our hardwood floor refinishing (red oak) into their schedule, which will

   allow us to put out house on the market in a timely fashion – and the job

   they did will surely help us sell! Ben worked very efficiently, the house

   was virtually dust-free, and everything was left as it was found. Voyageur

   is the third flooring company we have used to refinish oak floors in two

   homes, and they by far are the best – We will be recommending Voyageur to

   family and friends for their hardwood floor projects.

   Thank you!

   Erin and Travis F.

   42XX Russell Ave. N., Minneapolis

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How long do hardwood floors last?

At Voyageur Flooring we often hear the same questions over and over. We don’t mind at all! However we like to post these frequent questions on our blog hoping that the answers to these frequent questions will benefit others. Our customers often ask us how long their hardwood floor should last. Of course their are a few variables (traffic, pets, children with spikes on their shoes:), etc.), but typically a floor should last between 7-10 years. When I say it should last I am referring to the finish not the wood. Some refinishing companies use a cheaper polyurethane and of course this will ensure that they will be back to sand your floor sooner (we don’t like those companies). If you need a list of those companies I can provide it. Voyageur Flooring uses the highest quality polyurethane on the market. By making this selection we are ensuring that your hardwood floor’s finish will last a long time or at least on the long end of the 7-10 year range. Keep in mind that Voyageur Flooring still offers very competitive rates. In other words, some companies skimp on the quality of the finish which yields higher profits for them. Although we are a for-profit company, we believe that in the end using the best materials will make happy customers and hopefully more customers!


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Voyageur Flooring welcomes another employee

More and more people are finding out that Voyageur Flooring is a great choice when it comes to their hardwood flooring needs. As we grow, we keep adding wonderfuly people to our staff. Recently, Micah Witham has been helping our crew complete hardwood floor refinish jobs. Micah’s background is in ministry and as he takes a break from that we are excited to have him on the job site. During his first week of work we were able to snap a photo of the new employee…

Micah Witham and Voyageur Flooring

Welcome Micah!

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The Dip by Seth Godin – a GREAT book to read

In today’s marketplace, you can’t be in business and expect to be the only company offering a service or product. In fact, it’s often the case that your key competitors provide stiff competition and are at the very least worthy adversaries. Sometimes they flat out kick your butt (I know from experience)! When it comes to Minnesota Hardwood Flooring services, it’s no different – consumers have a lot of options. Voyageur Flooring would love to think that we are the only option – but we’re not quite their yet! Maybe a few acquistions down the road we can say that :)…

I recently read a book by Seth Godin called The Dip which talks a lot about being the best at your given craft within “your world”. At Voyageur Flooring we believed from the beginning that we could be a good company. However, since reading Seth Godin‘s book, I’ve discovered that it would be more noble for Voyageur Flooring to aim, not at being good, but rather being the absolute best. The moral of the book is that when one takes on a worthy task (like becoming the best at something) that they will inevitably experience times when they feel like giving up – this time is called the The Dip. The Dip stops people from progress – the book does a great job of explaining why its worth pushing through The Dip.

Voyageur Flooring believes that it can be the best in “our world” when it comes to Minnesota Hardwood Flooring services. We are a young company but have energy and a focus on becoming the best. Check out our website to see some of our work and to read a little more about who we are…I think you’ll like us (

I realize that this blog is about Hardwood Flooring and the aforementioned book review has nothing to do with our topic. However, sometimes you read something or are exposed to something that simply helps frame life a little more clearly. I believe it’s worth sharing when something like that happens…

Push through The Dip,

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