It’s so exciting buying something new! Getting rid of old, grungy and worn carpet has been on your wish list long enough! You’ve done your homework, combed through endless samples, colors, styles and brands, and now it’s time to install your new carpet! But, there’s very important thing left to do before that satisfying moment – prepare your home for installation day.
These 6 simple steps will make your installation day run smoothly:
Step 1: Furniture
Grab a friend or your spouse and start moving all of the furniture out of the room. Some installers will move the furniture for you, but it’s best to ask ahead of time about any additional charges particularly if your furniture is large or heavy. Don’t forget to unplug all electronics and be sure to remove everything from the room. Be sure to make a clear path for the installers to bring the carpet and tools into the room.
Step 2: Take a vacation
A day off from work, not a real vacation! Depending upon the size and number of rooms, installation can take some time. You want to be available to address any issues and ensure the carpet being installed is what you purchased. You’ll also want to make yourself available to inspect and sign off on everything once the job is complete.
Step 3: Safety
Keep the kids and your four legged family members away from the workspace until the installers have finished. Safety first! You don’t want anyone stepping on a nail or tripping over tools. Your installers also need to concentrate on their task rather than supervising any unwanted visitors!
Step 4: Don’t forget about the door
Something you might not think about when selecting carpet, but it is important to remember the new carpet you purchased may be thicker than your old carpet. Some installers will ask you to remove the door prior to installation. Keep your handyman’s phone number handy; you might have to give him a call to adjust the size of the door once installation is complete.
Step 5: Touch-up
Go to your basement, garage or shed and find that can of trim paint you saved from the last time you painted the room. You might need it for touch-ups. Don’t worry if you don’t have any on hand anymore. Most home improvement stores sell small sample-sized containers that you can purchase for just a few dollars. Just make sure to match it to your existing color!
Step 6: Trash and leftovers
Don’t forget about clean-up! That old, grungy carpet needs to be disposed of properly. If you are unsure about leaving it at the curb on trash day, contact your local township office. Some installers will dispose of the old carpet for you, but make sure to inquire about any additional costs. Hang on to a small piece of carpet for warranty and replacement purposes should your new carpet become damaged.