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Preparing Your Home For Carpet Installation

Preparing Your Home For Carpet Installation

Preparation Steps Before Carpet Installation

Well, your work does not end the moment you hire a contractor to install your new flooring. There is so much more you can do before the arrival of the contractor, and this will guarantee that the installation process will move faster. The following preparatory steps will help as you wait for the professionals to come lay down your carpet:

1)  Work Space Creation

The contractor will need enough space to do their work or even place their tools. They will require a convenient space to park their van when they arrive. It is important that you make movement around the house easier, as they will be moving back and forth.

The quicker the contractors work, the quicker will the whole installation project will be completed.

2) Create a Pathway

Yes, you are laying down a new carpet, but that should not be at the expense of the rest of the interior flooring. As the contractor move back and forth from their van, they will surely leave some footprints, mud, tears and dirt. They may also be carrying or dragging some heavy objects behind them that are likely to damage your flooring. To avoid this, you may lay them a trail from their entry point to the area that is to be refurbished. You can use some old towels or some carpet squares that are no longer in use.

It is good to adhere the materials you use. It would be insane to secure your flooring but at the same time create a hazardous working space for the contractors. When using cardboard, you can use tape or lay down some old clothes on the floor to avoid slipping. If your floor is made of hardwood or tiles, carpet padding would the best choice as tape would cause damage to the finish.

3) Clear the Trail

Carpets are mostly installed in the living room, bedroom or family room. These rooms have personal items, some of which are breakables. As the contractors go about their work, they may not see these valuables. While carrying their heavy equipment, or even when bringing the new carpet into the
house, they may end up crushing things like vases, glassware, and flowerpots. Therefore, to avoid such losses, get these items out of the way of the contractors. Put these valuable items into another room, for example, the basement or attic, and you can put them back when the installation is done.

Clear the room to which the carpet will be installed. Remove the television, wall décor, beds, furniture etc. from this room. Work will be easier and faster with fewer items around.

4) Head Start

You could also decide to remove the old flooring yourself. This will save you some money off the estimated cost of carpet installation and would also result in faster installation of the carpet.

Always ask the contractor first if removing the pre-existing flooring is necessary before you do it. Some contractors include a removal service in their contract to ensure that it is done perfectly. There are carpets
that can be laid on top of the old flooring and there are some flooring that requires experts to remove them; like hardwood and tile flooring.

It is good to take care of your health even as you go about your day to day activities. Vacuum the carpet before you remove it. This reduces the amount of dust that will be airborne and end up irritating you.
Watch out for old rusty nails and staples that may have been used during installation of the old carpet. Find a place to put the carpet once you have removed it. If it is not so worn out it could be used as temporary flooring for gym, basement, attic or even your garage.

Once you have removed the old carpet, clean and dry up the floor as you wait for the contractors.

5) Installation

We all know that the carpet does not come for free. It is such a great investment and its installation should be correctly and perfectly done. There is no point in buying an expensive commodity and having it poorly installed.

Once you have exhausted the above steps, you can now leave it to the experts to do their job perfectly for optimal comfort.


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  • Angel Kyle
    January 10, 2018, 11:55 am REPLY

    Carpet is one of the best flooring material. And if you select the carpet then the installation process is not so easy. But if you know the process then you can do yourself. First you should prepare the room. Clean the floor. Then select the size and shape of the carpet. Then select the color of the carpet. And for better result you can take the help of a professional contractor. And in your blog you really give the best tips for carpet installation.

  • Kim Stone
    February 12, 2018, 12:46 pm REPLY

    Can I put rugs carpet on my wooden flooring?? Hope it won’t damage my wooden flooring.

  • Becca Holton
    March 4, 2018, 1:09 am REPLY

    I do like that idea of removing the old flooring myself. However, I’m scared of damaging my home by trying to do that myself. Luckily, my husband agrees that it would be better for us to have a professional take care of installing carpet in our home.

  • Hillary Wood
    March 10, 2018, 8:43 am REPLY

    These are the things in which we can save an ample amount of money and that money we can use on the best flooring instead. So, these are are really helpful ways.

    • Russell K. McCormick@Hillary Wood
      March 24, 2018, 5:05 am REPLY

      I totally agree with you. I have experienced both the situations, once I did nothing in prior and when the rug installer was in, I had to keep him waiting for an extra hour and he took much payment. So, next time I was prepared and it helped me.

  • Todd Stauffer
    March 21, 2018, 5:08 pm REPLY

    I like how you said that removing the old carpet yourself and then having a carpet installation crew come to put the new stuff in could help you save some money. My wife and I want to redo our living room and some new carpet would be a welcome addition. We’ll have to look into removing it ourselves and looking at the cost of getting new carpet installed.

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