Bringing in new carpet freshens up a room can be a quick way to transform a tired room. Whether you want to install new carpeting in your master suite or basement, there is a budget and timeline that needs to be managed. While some homeowners purchase carpet directly from the store for a DIY installation, most choose to hire a carpet specialist or contractor to manage the ordering, delivery, installation and removal of old carpeting. Setting up a timeline keeps everyone focused and on schedule.
The average cost of carpet laying can range from $2 – $40 (or more) per square foot depending on the quality of carpet you buy. Cost management is key to budgeting for carpet installation and plays into your project timeline due to various factors such as, purchasing, shipping and receiving materials. Whether you are carpeting the entire floor layout of your home or only upgrading specific rooms, having a set agenda will save you time and money. Follow these tips to ensure you are taking the right steps and making good decisions when it comes to your carpet installation project.
Visualize, draw and plan
If you are in discussions with a contractor, find out if there is any work you can do in the lead-up to the carpet installation to help everything go smoothly. This can help shorten the amount of time your contractor spends on the project. Before you can begin, you will need to take everything in the room out. If your carpet is going into a living room or a bedroom, this may take a while, since you’ll be moving furniture around. Keep in mind, the shape of the room can also add to the complexity of the job and the time it will take to complete. The room’s size and how much carpet needs to be installed will also play a part in determining how much time you’ll spend on this project. Visualizing, drawing out your design, and planning each step according to your project timetable are the first steps to take before starting any remodeling.
Hire a contractor to speed things up
If you are going to work with a contractor, then he or she will likely provide you with a proposed timeline within your legally binding contract, showing how long the job should take. There are many tasks that a contractor can complete in a timely manner due to his or her access to other professionals, materials, and equipment. How many people the contractor has at his or her disposal will impact how long the job takes. For instance, if you are unable to move your furniture from the room that will be carpeted, the contractor may have a designated and hired crew take care of it, (although this could possibly extend the timeline). Within your contract, it should also show the plan for the removal of your old flooring, along with installing the padding. Maintaining strong communication between you and your contractor will provide you with greater success on meeting the project deadline.
Know your materials
Once you have selected the carpet type for your remodel, you will be able to look up price details depending on the size and quantity needed per room. If you are planning on installing the carpet by yourself, there will be more materials and time necessary. Nails, carpet cushions, tacking, stretching, trimming and vacuuming the carpet are a few main steps when it comes to installing on your own. Based off of your DIY experience and level, understand that these acts can be tedious and time consuming. If you are unsure of the advance phases, hire a professional.
Your contractor will be able to provide your project with the latest tools and superior knowledge of all that goes into installing carpet. Certain maneuvers like preparing subfloor surfaces and rolling techniques a specialist will be able to perform with speed and satisfaction guaranteed. Some installation projects done by carpet replacement experts will offer maintenance recommendations and warranty information.
There may be instances during your carpet installation where things do not go according to plan. A material may need a few extra days to travel from the warehouse to your home, or the weather delays your installer and his or her crew. The carpet color may not be what you expected or the seams might not blend well, if at all. Whatever the reason, it is best if you can stay open-minded and, like you would for your monetary budget, keep a little wiggle room in the time you designate for the project to account for possible overruns. Removing old flooring usually takes a day to complete, so be sure to factor that into your schedule. If you are removing old carpet due to mold damage, there may be additional follow-up or maintenance needed after the removal of your carpet. Also allow appropriate time for removal of debris and any leftover materials or waste that may be present as a result of installment.
Be sure to check with your contractor regarding all plans, steps, materials and anticipated delays that could occur during your project as these will all need to be factored in to your overall timeline, in order to keep your carpet installation on schedule.
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