Carpet Cost Factors

If you are thinking about having carpet installed in your home you can pay anywhere from $3.00 to $6 per square yard, if not more. The reason that carpet costs vary so much is because of the different factors that are involved in installing carpet. There are several factors that affect the cost per square yard when it comes to carpet installation, but other factors can affect the overall price you pay.

One of the biggest factors that affect the price you pay per square yard is what area you live in or where you go to purchase your carpet. When you walk into a store, whether it is Home Depot or a carpet specialty store, you are going to be overwhelmed with samples. As you start looking at the samples, you will start to notice the difference in price. However, you can walk into the same retail store in another city and look at these exact same samples, but what you will notice is the price is either higher or lower. Not only does the area you live in affect the price of the carpet, so does the type of carpet you are looking at. Well known brands of carpet often cost quite a bit more than the lesser known brands, while carpets that have been treated to prevent stains are more expensive than non-treated carpet.

The cost of laying down carpet pad is not included in the price of installing carpet, so the price you see on the carpet samples themselves is only for the carpet being installed. Carpet pad installation will usually cost you an extra $3.50 to $4.50 per square yard. While this might seem like a lot of money, there are several things you can do to help cut down on the cost of carpet pad or even eliminate it entirely.

If you are looking to eliminate the cost of the carpet pad installation, what you need to do is recycle your old carpet pad. Take the time to really look at your old carpet pad to determine what kind of condition it is in, is it still in good shape or is it falling apart? If the carpet pad is still in good shape you can eliminate the cost of installing the new pad by keeping the old one in place. If the carpet pad is in pretty bad shape look into purchasing recycled carpet pads from a company that sells used carpet padding. Installing the carpet pad yourself, as long as you have the proper tools and knowledge, can also save you quite a bit.

Furniture and old carpet removal are other factors that increase the price of carpet installation, but like carpet padding, you can do several things to help lower the cost or even eliminate it. A lot of money is wasted by paying others to do something that you can easily do yourself. Old carpet removal can include the disposal cost of the old carpet and actually taking out the old carpet, while moving furniture is rather straightforward. Carpet installers will charge an extra $2 to $3 dollars to move furniture, while prices for old carpet can range anywhere from $2 to $4 per square yard. Ripping up and disposing of your old carpet will help you save money, but so will moving your own furniture. If you cannot do it on your own see if a neighbor or friend would be willing to help, otherwise you can always find somebody in the want ads looking to make a few extra bucks.

Something else that factors into the cost of your carpet being installed is how well you have prepared your floor. If the installers have to do extra to clean up your floor to make it ready for carpet it is going to cost extra. Before the installers get there take a few extra minutes to quickly clean the floor, sweep up any loose dirt and run a damp mop over it. You do not have to have it perfectly polished; you just want it free of dirt and grime.

How difficult the area is to have carpet installed also will play a factor in the final cost. For example, flat surfaces are easier to install carpet on then stairs, so the flat floor will be cheaper. Some stairs are more difficult than others are, so the price of the stairs will vary, but on average will be more expensive than flat areas. Unfortunately, there is really nothing you can do to help save on the cost of stairs or other difficult areas, unless you plan to install the carpet yourself. With those difficult areas, I honestly think it is better to pay somebody the extra money to do it because it saves time that can be better spent elsewhere.

Nobody works for free, so the more work they have to do to install your carpet the more they are going to charge you. In addition, remember if you reschedule your appointment with a carpet installer chances are you will be charged a small fee, so make sure you are ready to go when you make the appointment.

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