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Carpet Installation Costs – How To Save

Carpet installation ranges greatly in price based on a number of factors, including where you live and what type of carpet you are purchasing. However, how much your final bill ends up being is not just based on the price you see for the carpet, it also goes up based on a number of hidden factors. With how expensive carpet installation can be, it comes as no surprise that people want to save as much money as possible. Luckily, there are several things that you can do to help save money when looking to have brand new carpet installed, and most of it does not involve installing the carpet yourself.

One of the best things that you can do to help save money on carpet installation is to not hire a carpet retailer. Carpet retailers often charge an exorbitant amount of money to do anything, mainly because people are willing to pay those high prices because they feel these installers have the most experience. The ones that you want to stay away from are the ones who work at carpet specialty stores. Other places like hardware stores or even home furnishing stores sell carpet and offer installation, but you still need to watch the price. Many times you can find a deal going on, such as $99 installation for the entire house. Just keep in mind that this $99 installation fee is in addition to how much you are paying per square foot for the carpet itself.

Installing your own carpet is one of the most obvious methods you can use to help save money, all you have to pay for is the materials. Doing it yourself is going to take a little bit of knowledge, but quite a few specialty tools. The knowledge is easy to come by, you can find numerous articles online that detail the installation process, and you can even find books at your local library. The hardest part about doing it yourself is that you probably do not have access to all of the carpet tools required. These tools are available for purchase, but how can you justify spending that much money on tools that you will only use once or twice in your lifetime. Some of the tools can be rented from hardware stores, like Lowes or Home Depot, which is a lot more cost effective option.

Hiring a day laborer can also help you save money on the cost of installing carpet. Day laborers often cost far less than regular carpet installers because they are not trying to make a profit for a business only themselves. Another advantage to using a day laborer is that they will often work around your time frame, so you might be able to get it done on the weekend or in the evening so it doesn’t interfere with your work schedule. Day laborers can often be found in the want ads or even on websites such as Craigslist. One thing to watch out for though when hiring day laborers is they might not always know what they are doing. When hiring somebody from Craigslist or the want ads you always want to check their references, make sure the other people who have used them are happy with the work. Never pay them upfront, a small upfront payment might be required but never pay the entire amount upfront, wait until you are happy with the work done.
Another way to help save money on carpet installation is trough carpet pad. Carpet pad costs quite a bit extra. One way to save on carpet pad is to use the pad you currently have, but you want to make sure it is in good condition. If the carpet pad is thrashed you can still save money by installing the pad by yourself or hiring a carpet installer to complete the work on the side. As with day laborers you want to always check references before allowing somebody into your home and never pay the entire amount upfront, you need to have some kind of leverage to ensure the job is completed to your satisfaction. You can also find a great deal on used carpet pad that is still in great condition, check out carpet pad recyclers or even Craigslist to find the best deals around.

Perhaps the best way to save money on carpet installation is to do as much of the work yourself as possible. Carpet installers do not work for free and they charge extra for all those little things that you might not think of. Pulling out the old carpet, disposing of it, cleaning the floor, and moving furniture are all things that many consumers overlook when getting carpet, but installers always charge extra for these items. To avoid being charged extra for all of these items you can do almost all of the work yourself. Taking the old carpet and pad to the dump is going to cost you the going rate at the dump, but having the carpet installers do it for you they will up charge the dump fee and charge you extra in labor for removing it and throwing it away.

Moving the furniture obviously needs to be done before you can rip up the old carpet, so whether you plan to take out the old stuff yourself or are putting carpet on top of hardwood floors you will want to begin by clearing the room of all furniture. Even if you have them ripping up your old carpet clearing the room of furniture is easy enough to do on your own, so is a simple way to save a small amount of money on an expensive job. Simply rip up the old carpet and carpet pad if you are replacing that and clean up the floor. When cleaning the floor make sure you remove any nails and tack strips that were left behind, you want the floor read to go to install the new carpet as soon as the installers walk in the door.

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