Important Things Every Client Should Know About Carpet Installation
The biggest mistake that most clients make when hiring a contractor, is not familiarizing themselves with the nature of the job and the role that they need to play. Failure to prepare yourself leads to a ‘gap’ in regards to what clients expect and what the actual experience is. While you will, understandably, expect most of the work to be done by your contractor, you need to have realistic expectations on what the work entails. Here is what you need to know about your carpet installation experience.
There will be a lot of prep work
Before the ‘proper’ carpet installation process begins, there is a lot of prep work that is involved. Firstly, the rooms that are being (re)carpeted need to be completely emptied. You have the option of either doing the furniture removal yourself or adding a bit of cash to the carpet installer’s labor costs for them to do it for you. To protect your fragile household items such as electronics or your collection of delicate Ming dynasty vases (if you are a high roller), then you should let your carpet installers carry out your furniture removal. They are experienced, which should minimize the chances of any of your household goods getting damaged. Certified installers usually have insurance coverage, which will reimburse you if any items accidentally get damaged during the moving process. If you have any old carpeting, then it also needs to be carefully removed before the new carpet is installed.
It’s probably going to last a whole day
There is a lot of work involved in the carpet installation process. Apart from the prep work, professional contractors will take their time to ensure that your carpet is well installed for durability as well as for aesthetic purposes. Your floor surface and the under floor material need to be protected during the installation process. There is also a lot of post-installation work where your contractor will inspect their work to ensure that they got it right. You need to schedule your carpet installation on a day when you are unencumbered with other commitments. You need to be present during the whole process to ensure that your installer meets your expectations.
You are going to need more carpeting than you think
Another big mistake that clients make is to assume that the carpeting material purchased needs to exactly fit the dimensions of the rooms they are carpeting. Most carpet installers will advise you to make an allowance of between 5% and 10% of your room measurements. Very large rooms, or rooms that are not rectangular shaped, will require seams between two (or more) pieces of carpeting. If you are working with a patterned carpet, then the seaming process needs to ensure that adjoining carpet pieces match each other’s pattern for visual continuity. You also need to factor in any mistakes in the carpeting process that might require a carpeting segment to be re-done. Always purchase slightly more carpeting than you think you will need. Any additional material left over can be stored and used to replace any damaged area after long term use.
Carpet Installation generates a lot of waste
During the prepping phase, a lot of dirt and dust will be generated. If you had any existing carpeting, it will have to be removed and disposed of. The carpeting process will also generate a lot of trimmings. You therefore need to make arrangements for garbage disposal. If your regular garbage collection service can handle the generated waste, then you need to schedule your carpet installation on the day prior to garbage collection so that your bins don’t stay filled for an extended period of time. If your regular garbage collectors won’t handle the waste, then you need to make other arrangements with a suitable garbage collection service. Make sure you follow EPA guidelines on household waste disposal, especially when environmentally harmful materials such as paint chippings and furniture polish are included.
Carry out any other remodeling works prior to the carpet installation
If your carpet installation is part of a wider remodeling process, then you need to schedule it to occur after all the other remodeling work has been done. Repainting, sub floor repairs, wall paper installation, and dry wall work will either stain your new carpet or require it to be removed first. Even light renovations that may not seem to affect the carpet will require increased foot traffic in your house which may damage your new carpet. Finish up everything else first, then carry out your carpet installation.
If you follow these tips, you will have a pleasant experience with your carpet installation contractor as your expectations will be in line with the actual experience.