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Carpet Installation: What to Expect


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Carpet Installation: What to Expect
A proper, professional installation is crucial to the life and performance of your carpet. Knowing what to expect and how to prepare will make for a smooth installation process. Consider these tips as you prepare to have your new carpet installed.


Before the Work Begins

The flooring retailer you selected your carpet from will typically take care of the basics. They will send out an estimator to measure your space and determine how to minimize waste to maximize your carpet. They will also suggest a local professional installer who is familiar with your carpet and has the necessary experience to install it in your home. 


Talk to Your Installer

It is important to speak with the installer prior to the installation to determine exactly what they will be responsible for and to set a schedule for the work. The installation team will need to use your electricity to power their tools as well as an area to work.


Move Furniture

Most installers will move your furniture as part of the installation. Check with your installer first if you have any larger items, oversized furniture or appliances as you may need to arrange to have this moved by a third party. Your installer will be responsible for removing and disposing of your old carpet.

You will need to move your small items like lamps, televisions or any other breakables before the installer arrives. Your overall goal is to move any items that could get broken while making your installer’s job as easy as possible. This will speed up the installation process.


Moldings & Trim

Once the work begins, your installer will need to remove molding and trim. These can be fragile and despite their best efforts, your installation team may break a few pieces. If this happens, it is typically your responsibility to replace them. 


Check Door Clearances

At some point, your installer may need to remove your doors to complete the installation. If the new carpet is thicker, your doors will have to be trimmed before they can be reinstalled. Most carpet installers do not perform carpentry work so it will be your responsibility to either trim them yourself or hire a professional to reinstall them.