Is It Wise to Install Your Own Carpet?

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If your floor needs a makeover or your carpet does not look much better after a cleaning, then it may be time for you to get a replacement. The problem is that a new carpet can be expensive, and the cost of the labor might be more expensive than the carpet itself! If you want to avoid all of this or if you want to make sure that your new carpet installation is as cheap as possible then you may want to consider doing the whole thing yourself! Scary, I know. But it is not that hard.

Choosing your Carpet

When choosing your carpet, you need to think about the amount of foot traffic and what the room is being used for. For example, if the room could be exposed to water (like a mud room) then you may want to have some tile installed as well. If you are a musician, it may be worth installing some sound-dampening flooring, as this will really help to cut down on the amount of vibration that is in the room when you play. Other things to consider include how easy the carpet is to clean, the budget that you have, and even if there are any elevation changes.

Should You DIY?

When you take on a project, you have to think about the cost of the flooring material, the cost of shipping (if buying online), the tools you need, and even the time it is going to take to do it. If you feel as though you have all of this covered then there is no reason at all why you should not be able to do your own carpet. To get started, you must first remove the old carpet. You will most likely have tacks that run around the room and this will help to keep the old carpet in place. There is a high chance that these can stay where they are, as they will help to keep the new carpet in place if they are not damaged. In some instances you can even keep the underlay as well. All you really have to do is cut your new carpet to shape, roll it out, and tuck it under your skirting boards.

The Installation

When installing your new carpet, it is a good idea to cut it around a meter bigger than you need it to be. This includes the width and the height. When it is remotely in place, you can then go round the edges with a Stanley knife to remove any excess. Remember that you can’t add more carpet, but you can take some away so measure once and cut twice here.

And if you are still apprehensive about installing it on your own, then you may just want to hire a professional. If you decide to hire someone for the install, you could do the bulk of the labor by removing the old carpet. This will for sure save you some money on labor costs.

 

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