Many homeowners consider carpeting to be luxurious and comfortable, preventing the chill of cold hardwood on bare feet and adding warmth to a room. Once you've settled on carpeting a room, you have to choose a color, type of carpet, reasonable price point, and much more. What many homeowners might not have considered, however, is the installation of the carpet itself.
Your carpet retailer may have the installation under control, or you may be hiring a third party. You may even be willing to tackle the job yourself. No matter your plan, there are a few steps you should take beforehand to make sure your carpet installation goes as smoothly as possible.
Clear Off Your Surfaces
Many workers will move furniture out of the way before installation, but if there are small items, this process becomes more difficult. Make sure tables are completely clear, and couch pillows and blankets have been put elsewhere. It's important to leave as little prep as possible for those who will be installing the carpet: it will make the process go more quickly and smoothly. Additionally, you may lose small objects like keys or remotes if they are left out and knocked to the floor accidentally.
In bedrooms, take the sheets and pillows off the bed, and potentially move the mattresses or cover with plastic. Additionally, clean off dressers and vanities to ensure no small items are knocked off in the moving process.
Move Fragile or Extremely Large Items
Extremely large items, like aquariums or pianos, may pose an issue for your carpet installation. If these are too heavy, your workers may not be able to move them, or may charge you an additional fee. There will also be tools used in the installation that could damage delicate artwork or furniture. If possible, plan to have these items safe and secure, out of the way of any work being done.
Repair Your Subfloors
Carpeting should always be installed over an undamaged and structurally-sound subfloor. Installing carpet over a damaged subfloor will be both aesthetically displeasing and potentially dangerous. Your carpet will have a shorter lifespan and may be uneven in areas. Therefore, you should take care to check and repair any issues with the subfloor before installing carpeting.
Now that you've got the basics out of the way, let the professionals do their job — or roll up your sleeves and get to work yourself! Soon, you'll have a brand new carpet to enjoy.
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