So, the time has come. You're finally fed up with having to buy new rugs to cover up all the stains on your aging carpet. You run out to the store and carefully pick a new carpet you think will help breath new life into your living. Now comes for the tricky part—having it installed. Now, with the right tools and know-how, you could attempt a fresh carpet install on your own, but it's usually safer and less stressful to just have the professionals come out and do it for you. That way, all you have to do is the prep work. So, without further ado, here are some tips to lay the ground work for the professionals.
Determine what items need to be moved. Professional carpet installers will move most of your heavier furniture for you, which saves you a lot of time and hassle. So, instead of worrying about the big stuff, it's better to focus on smaller items. Obviously, you should leave the area clean of things like dishes, clothes, etc. Other things you'll want to be careful to remove are things like your electronics, any sentimental items, and items that can be broken easily.
What happens to the old carpet? The installers will remove the old carpet as part of the installation process. However, it will be your responsibility to decide what you do with it from there. If you have a big enough vehicle then you can haul it off. If not, the company installing the carpet will likely offer to haul it for a fee. If you want to keep the carpet, then that's fine too. Just make sure you vacuum it first!
What to do with your doors. Doors might have sneaked past your initial preparation plan, and it's something you might not even have to worry about. Considering the room, it might be necessary to remove the doors from its hinges. This might be something the installers include with the installation, or it might be something expected of you. That's why it's a good idea to ask the installers for specific things they will require you to do to prepare. Additionally, if your new carpet is thicker than your old carpet then it might be necessary to modify the door to accommodate the thicker rug.
Preparing hardwood floors. If you have hardwood floors that you'll be putting carpet over then now is a good time to do a little extra maintenance to prepare them. You'll want to do a few things, but leave the rest up to the professionals. Go ahead and clean the floors so that it doesn't interfere with the adhesives. Once this is done it's a good idea to also go over and fill in any cracks that might exist.
That's just about all you have to do. The time and money you'll save by hiring professionals (such as Discount Carpet) to install your new carpet will become immediately apparent once you see all the tools and procedures the installers will use during the process.