First, complete your profile with location info and all the rest.
that way, I'll know where Maidstone is.
As far as finding local contractors, you have multiple sources. try yellowpages.com, kudzu.com, citysearch.com, local newspaper, etc.
try "hardwood flooring installers in Maidstone" in your google search. that will bring up the results. if you scroll down, there will be a map of yourarea with pins on it indicating flooring installers around you.
If you want an installer with good reviews, go to Better Business Bureau website (bbb.org
) and look for installers close to you. it will show BBB accredited businesses and that way you'll see if any of them has any complaints filed against them. BBB has a public rating system.(here's mine
About the steps: the installer should tell you that you can get solid stair treads(one piece). they run about $27-$35, depending where you buy them anb how long they are. they have to be installed, sanded and finished. the raisers can be painted same color as the trim in the house.
any other questions, just ask, I'm happy to help.
P.S.:what type of subfloor do you have? That can greatly influence the type of flooring theat you can use.