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.
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.