Is there an easier way?Refinishing your hardwood is one of the least expensive ways to improve the look of your home as well as give it a whole new look (e.g. if you change the stain color, or if you have hardwood underneath those carpets).To some extent, this is a personal choice as to when you refinish your hardwood floors. I certainly have customers who are very particular and like their floors in tip top condition; I have others that have let their floors go for 20-30 years, so there is a wide range. If you are interested to know more, take a look at Refinishing Wood Floors. On average, most customers will sand & refinish their floors every 10 yrs or so - potentially sooner if you have a busy household w/ lots of kids and pets running around; potentially longer if you/your kids take your shoes off in the house.Refinishing your hardwood usually costs less than most customers think - I love doing these estimates because I always feel like I'm delivering good news - here's an inexpensive way that we can greatly improve the look of your home...and, it's less than you thought it would be!For those of you not familiar with the process, it is a bit long and messy, so this is often why people put it off. First, you sand the floors - you take off the first couple of layers (including the current color), so you are left with raw unfinished wood. Usually, you do 3 cuts (each one with finer sanding grains) so the floors are smooth. Then, you apply stain (or leave natural) and let it dry 24 hours. You then add on 2-3 coats of polyurethane letting each coat dry for 24 hrs (and you screen it in between coats so the poly will stick better). Women - for those that get manicures, it's basically the same process to make sure your nail polish stays on longer.During this time, you can not walk on the floors and ALL furniture needs to be moved out of the room(s). This is where the complications lie.So, when is the best time to refinish your hardwood floors?1. Before you move in. By far, this is the best time to do it since there's no furniture and no disruption of living nor the smell. So, if you know someone moving into a new home and considering this, tell them to do it NOW and not later. It's also less expensive if the room is empty (no cost for moving furniture).2. If you live there, then try to do while you are away. This is a must do if it involves steps or sections leading to the bedrooms - remember you can't walk on them for 4-5 days. You also avoid the smell this way. Alternatively, you could stay with family or friends.3. If you are selling a home, try to do before you sell. If your hardwood floors are in bad shape, it's a reflection of how well the house your house is maintained. Doing this project before the house is listed is a very smart investment and believe me you will get your return on it. It will help your house sell faster and a higher value. If it's not done, potential buyers know they will need to do it and they will think it's more expensive than it really is and hold back that amount in what they are willing to pay for the home. Again, you may consider doing this while you're away. Or, if you've already moved, now is a perfect time for it. For more info, visit Refinishing Wood Floors.