The A-Z Of The Carpet Installation Process


You already have the perfect carpet style, pattern, color, and fiber in mind. Now, what is left is to find a carpet installer near you to fix the new carpet in your home. Do you know what the process will involve? Knowing what to expect is important as you will better prepare for the carpet installation process and avoid the surprise of unforeseen costs.

The following is a step-by-step guide of the carpet installation process.

The in-house assessment

It is difficult to provide a carpet installation quote online or by phone. So, when you contact the carpet installer, they will send an estimator for an in-house assessment.

The cost of carpet installation is hugely dependent on the size of carpet needed and the type of carpet. During the assessment, the estimator measures the space you want the carpet installed. They will also ask about the type of carpet you want to be installed. You should expect them to offer recommendations and advice on types of carpets. A good estimator will not recommend the most expensive carpet. Instead, they will give you a wide range of carpets to choose from while giving you the pros and cons of each type of carpet.

The estimator also prepares the seaming diagram.

Other aspects that affect the installation price include:

  • Carpet removal. The carpet installer charges carpet removal fees for the existing carpet.
  • Furniture movement. If the installation will involve too much furniture movement, they may add the labor to the installation price.

Assigning a carpet installer

After you agree on the price, the carpet contractor assigns an experienced carpet installer to handle the job at your home. The installer should be experienced installing carpets in your area and installing the type of carpet you choose. The contractor will contact you and give you the date the installation team will come to your home.

Before the carpet installation team arrives

You should prepare for the carpet installation in advance. Before the installation team arrives:

  • Make sure that your electricity is running and the power sockets are operational. The installation team needs to use your electricity to power the carpet installation tools.
  • Move any fragile and oversized furniture. The installation team will move the furniture. But heavy furniture might result in extra charges. You are responsible for the movement of fragile items as the carpet contractor might not be liable for damages. To avoid any misunderstandings with the installation team, discuss furniture movement with the estimator when getting your quote.
  • Cover the baseboards with tape. They are very delicate and fragile. Even the most careful installer will scratch the baseboard paint, or break the trim or molding during carpet removal and installation.

Please note that it is important that you are available during the day of installation. You may have to take a day, or an afternoon, off from your job.

The installation

On arrival, the chief installer will contact you, after which the work will begin immediately. The installers are responsible for removing and disposing of the old carpet.

When the installation of the new carpet begins, you will see the team roll out the carpet on the floor. Carpets come in 12-foot wide rolls. The installers join the carpets with seams. They refer to the seaming diagram during the laying out of the carpet. The seams are placed away from pivoting traffic and can never be perpendicular to doorways.

They try to conceal the seams as much as possible. Some carpet styles, especially looped and low-cut carpets, show seam more than others.

Your doors might not have enough clearance at the bottom, causing the door not to swing freely after carpet installation. The installers may have to remove the door and rehang it to give enough clearance. If that is not an option, they may shave down the fibers of the carpet.

After installation

After the installation is finished, the installers will vacuum the carpet. They then dispose of the waste produced during installation.

Before they leave, you will walk through the job with the chief inspector. If you notice some mistakes, the team will correct them immediately. The chief installer will also give you the carpet manufacturer’s warranty. The warranty has instructions on maintenance and cleaning and the warranty terms.

The adhesives used by the installers have a strong odor that may remain in the house for up to 72 hours. Properly ventilate your home after carpet installation. If you notice wrinkles after a few days of installation, contact the carpet contractor. Most of them have a 30-day labor guarantee.

That is what to expect from the carpet installation from start to finish. Carpet installation is best done by experts. On this page, you will find a professional carpet installer near you.