If you're considering having new carpeting installed in your living room or bedroom, there are some questions to ask the installer before choosing the carpet installation company that is right for you.
1. Do they remove the furniture?
Some carpet installers will happily remove the larger pieces of furniture from your room they are having carpeted. However, there is often a charge for this service. Many people are happy to pay an additional fee for furniture removal. Be sure to ask what the charge is. If you are on a tight budget, you may prefer to handle this part of the task yourself.
Even if you opt to have the carpet installers handle the furniture removal, you will still need to remove the smaller items in the room, such as lamps and decorative pieces on the furniture. If you have a home entertainment system, you will also want to unplug and remove your different electronic devices and television before the carpet installers arrive.
2. Do you need to prep the floor surface?
If the room you are getting new carpeting in already has carpeting, the only thing you will need to do is vacuum the old carpeting. This will help lessen the dust in your carpeting and reduce the amount that becomes airborne.
However, if the floor surface is currently hardwood, laminated flooring, tile, or cement, your floor will likely require some preparation prior to carpeting installation. For example, if the room currently has tile, this will likely need to be removed before the carpet installers can install your new carpeting.
Some flooring companies can handle tile removal for you, but others may not. This job requires special tools and isn't a suitable job for most do-it-yourself homeowners. If the carpet installation company doesn't carpet over tile or handle tile removal, ask them for recommendations.
3. Does the installation price include old carpet removal and disposal?
Obviously, if the room currently has carpeting, it needs to be removed before the carpet installers can put new carpeting in. To make sure you stay on budget, be sure to ask about the fees associated with carpet removal.
Some people opt to use a utility blade to cut the carpeting and pad out, removing it piece by piece, but this can be difficult work, especially if the carpeting has been glued down. It is easier to just have the installers remove the old carpeting and handle disposal for you.
For more information on carpet installation, contact a flooring company near you.