I just purchased a new home with about 500 square feet of hardwood flooring. The previous owners didn't take care of the flooring. The polyurethane is cracking off in many places and there is severe sun damage.
The house had been standing empty for more than a year. Now that we are using the floor I am worried about further damage like absorbing dust and moisture. Will it hurt to wait a 6 months to refinish or should we do it immediately?
Second questions: How do we know if we need a total refinish, or can we "screen" the floor and reapply polyurethane?
Last question: any advice on whether this is a one-person DIY project or professional job? I've done a lot of antique furniture resoration, but a floor is a big project, and I'd be working by alone because my husband isn't too handy.