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What Is Included In Carpet Installation Prices?

Carpet Installation PricesMany factors affect carpet installation prices. When you are in need of new carpet, keep these factors in mind.

Currently, with the construction slow down, there are many carpet installers looking for work to keep their families fed. If you can afford carpet installation right now, you may find some of the best prices that have been available for many years.

Carpet installation prices also according to region. In the southern tier of states, from southern California to Florida, carpet installation prices are relatively cheap. In some of these states, you can have carpet installed for as little as two dollars per yard. The farther north you go, the more expensive carpet installation becomes. In the northern tier of states, you will pay much more than this. In fact, you normal installation in the northern states is five to six dollars per yard.

If you intend to have stairs carpeted, you can add an additional seventy-five dollars to the cost of carpet installation. If carpeting the stairs involves patterned carpet that must be matched, you will pay even more.

Carpet installers will charge for any work needed before they can start the installation too. If they must move furniture, repair subflooring or remove old carpet, you will pay more. You will also be charged for disposal of old carpets. Tearing out old carpet and pad can add from fifty cents to three dollars per yard to the price of installation. Other prep work can add fifty dollars per person working per hour to the carpet installation cost.

If you want to save on these costs, you want to move furniture before the carpet installers are scheduled to arrive. You can also remove old carpet and padding yourself and take care of the disposal. Floors should be swept clean so that the installers are ready to roll out carpet when they arrive.

If you are doing a new carpet installation, the installers will need to add new tack strip for the carpet. On wood floors, this can add another twenty-five to fifty cents per yard to installation charges and on concrete floors, it can add as much as another dollar per yard to the installation costs.

Most modern carpets need to be stretched extremely taut. This stretching requires use of a power stretcher. The knee kick stretchers are useful in smaller rooms, but in larger family rooms and living rooms, make sure that the power stretcher is used. Carpets that are stretched correctly last longer.

Where carpets meet with another flooring surface is a transition. Transitions may be a simple metal strip designed to hold the carpet in place and fold over the edge for a finished look or hardwood. The metal transitions are the least expensive and the hardwood transitions can add considerably to the cost of the carpet.

If your new carpet is thicker than the old one, then your doors may need to be trimmed in order to open correctly over the new carpeting. If the carpet installer trims the doors, you can expect to pay from ten to fifty dollars per door, so be sure that you have determined the price before the doors are trimmed.

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