Fletcher - 30-Year Carpet Expert and Consumer Advocate
fees and charges vary widely depending on your location, how difficult the job is, and the type of
Carpet you select.
Homeowners need to know...
the Southern states where the sun is always shining, carpet installation prices are typically
much lower than in the northern states. For example, in Miami, Florida, from
ads I found placed on Craigslist, you can
have carpet installed between $3.60 to 4.95 per yard. If you look at the service directories of the local
newspapers you might find someone with a lower price. Iím not saying hiring blindly from
Craigslist or a service directory would
get you a qualified installer,
but right now there are plenty of hungry carpet installers in almost every
state who are willing
to work very hard for very little money.
sure your carpet installer is qualified to install your grade of carpet is your
most important responsibility. Donít assume
that every carpet installer who says they have 20 years of experience is qualified to install your carpet.
My best educated guess is that less than 30% of all carpet installers are properly
Most installers start out as a carpet layer's helper, and after a couple of
years working as a helper they buy some carpet tools and a truck and place an
ad in the local service directory or on Craigslist to drum up business. Asking for
and checking out several references is wise and making sure they are licensed
and bonded (if required
by your state) and have business liability insurance is a smart idea.
Learn more about state requirements: State License Requirements for Carpet Installers
states with the lowest carpet installation costs have typically been Florida,
Texas, New Mexico, and Southern California. Other southern states like
Louisiana, Oklahoma, Mississippi, Arkansas and Southern Arizona have fairly
inexpensive carpet labor and installation costs too. Prices will range
nationally from $2.25
per yard to $6.50 per yard depending on the difficulty of the job and the
grade of the carpet selected.
highest carpet installation prices are in the Northeastern states like New York,
Virginia, Massachusetts and Ohio and also in the Pacific Northwest like Oregon and
Washington and Northern California. Prices may range from $3.50 per yard for a medium grade
plush style carpet to $6.50 per yard for a heavy duty looped Berber style
In our current
economy as of November 2014, I find there are a lot of hungry carpet installers out there looking for work. This
is good news for those consumers who have money to spend on home renovations
and are willing to do a little legwork to find a qualified carpet installer
and negotiate a good deal. If you are willing to haggle you can get a really
good deal on installation.
you have a little ambition, I think you might be able to negotiate as much as
10 to 25% off their
normal carpet installation charge, especially if you are willing to pay them
in cash at the end of the day. (But always get a
receipt and insist on at least a full 1-year written warranty) You
never want to sacrifice quality installation in exchange for a discount on
price, so be sure you make it clear that you expect a first class job, even if
they agree to do the job for less than their usual charge.
Berber Carpets are much more difficult to install than other styles and the installation cost may be
as much as $2 per yard higher than a standard plush-style carpet. Selecting a
Patterned Carpet Style may also increase the installation cost as well as
increase the amount of Carpet material needed to complete the job."
more about Carpet Styles
you buy carpet from a reputable carpet dealer you would be better off using
the installers that have a longstanding relationship with the flooring dealer,
instead of hiring an independent installer off of Craigslist."
Retailers Bundle the Cost for Carpet, Padding and Installation.
get your best TOTAL carpet deal, you will have to negotiate with the carpet
dealers of your choice and not be afraid to ask the retailer for a discount or
other incentives for you to buy from them. The smart homeowner always gets at
least three bids/estimates and then takes plenty of time to negotiate a better
deal. Patience is key here, and those who wait for the price to come down are
the winners. Be sure you are comparing apples to apples!
think that asking for a minimum of a 10% to 15% discount is very reasonable as
long as you are ready to write a check at the end of the day. If you are
daring, ask for a 20% discount and see what happens. They may say no, but you
have nothing to lose by asking. Just be sure you have selected the right
carpet and padding that will meet your needs and goals! Take my free Carpet
Foot Traffic Test to see what grade of carpet you need to buy.
Installation Cost - Getting
the job done right!
main thing you want to be sure of, is that the carpet installers are qualified
and experienced with the type of carpet and job you are doing, and that they
will use a
power-stretcher to install your carpet. Gone are the days where a simple
knee-kicker will do the trick unless youíre installing cheap carpet in a
very small room on a very hot day. Carpet needs to be stretched in tight, and
the only way to ensure this is to use a power-stretcher. If they donít use a
power-stretcher, then find an installer that does!
carpet retailers choose to make additional profit by adding an extra fee or
top of the standard going rate for carpet installation charges, often adding as much
as 25% to the total installation cost. I feel this is an unfair charge to the
consumer and a slap in the face to the installer. Carpet retailers already
make a fair and reasonable profit from the markup on carpet and pad. If you
find that a carpet dealer has exorbitant installation charges, I suggest you
Installation Cost - Beyond
the scope of a "basic" carpet installation
Some home improvement stores now
offer super low-cost specials on
carpet installation. These super-duper specials sound too good to be true. Just
for carpet installation sounds like a great deal when you first hear about it, but in the
end, is it really as good as it sounds? Maybe you should ask, who is doing the
installation? Are they qualified? What if you are not satisfied with the
installation? How do you get a quick remedy? You should be wary.
they continue to change the advertised prices for their "basic"
carpet installation on a frequent basis, I have found that Home Depot and
Lowe's basic carpet installation service does not cover very much ground. The
key wording here is "basic" What is a basic installation? What is
their definition of a "basic carpet installation?
if your carpet installation
job is not considered "Basic" and is determined to be more difficult
or more involved, then you may find that the final bill for your carpet
install is much higher than you had expected. Donít assume that their
advertised low price for installation is valid for you in your situation.
After the installer shows up at your home with your new carpet, you
may be faced with a sizable and unexpected extra fees and services that were
beyond their limited definition of a "Basic Install".
Carpet Sales Gimmicks:
been in the carpet business for 3 decades and I've seen every trick in the
book. Trust me on this: Don't fall for any "wow factor" sales
gimmicks. Don't trust any television ad that says if you buy one room of
flooring then they will give you two rooms of flooring for free. Don't be so
gullible. The fine print will beat you every time and you will not get the
great deal you hoped for.
need to be absolutely sure your new carpet has been installed properly. You
cannot afford to take chances by having your expensive new carpet installed
cheaply by a third party who may have left town shortly after installing your
carpet. If you want to get the scoop
on these types of carpet installation specials and scams to look out for,
click here to learn more: Big
Box Carpet Installation Specials
Installation Cost - Removing
your old Carpet and Padding
out and disposing of your old carpet and padding can cost anywhere from $1.00
to $2.00 per yard or maybe more. An experienced Carpet Installation crew of three can
remove 100 yards of carpet and pad in less than an hour on a normal job. I personally think
yard is a fair price to remove the old carpet and padding. Most Carpet
Retailers provide a large dumpster available for their
installers to use.
I think a reasonable dump fee is a fair
charge if the installer you hire has to haul your old
carpet and pad to a landfill or recycling center. It takes quite a bit of time
and energy to do that and local dump fees have been on the rise. Installers may
charge a dump fee of $25 to $75 depending
on how much old carpet and pad you have to haul away.
Installation Costs for Mobile Homes
you need new carpet for a mobile home, there is going to be some added costs
to remove the old carpet and pad if it is the original carpet. When mobile
homes are made, they put down the carpet and then install the walls right down
on top of the carpet and padding. This makes it very hard to remove the old
carpet because it has to be cut at the base of all the walls and then new
tackless strips must be installed. It takes more time to do the job right.
carpet installers do not like installing new carpet in mobile homes because
the outer walls are not sturdy enough to leverage the foot of a power
stretcher. This means using other more time consuming methods to get the
carpet stretched in properly. Floor repairs are also more difficult to perform
because mobile homes are built over a metal frame, not the standard 16"
on-center wooden floor joists that most homes utilize. Expect to pay more if
you need any floor repairs done.
New Tackless Strips
new construction jobs will require that new tack strips be installed. Itís easier
to install tackless strips on a wood floor than on a concrete slab. The fee for
new tack strips on wood might be an additional .50 to 1.00 per yard. The
fee for installing tack strips over concrete might be an additional $1.00 to
yard or more. In existing homes with damaged tack strips that need to be
replaced, the fee should be about $2.00 to $3.00 per each four-foot
section that must be replaced.
(tackless strips come in 4' foot lengths)
are Carpet Tackless Strips?
strips (often called tackstrip) are wooden strips with sharp pins that are
installed all around the perimeter of each room near to the walls. Tackless
strips are about 1" wide and 4
long. These tackless strips are what
hold your carpet to the floor and allow it to be stretched-in tightly to
prevent wrinkles. The sharp pins hold
the carpet tight because they are angled towards the wall. They are
nailed down to the floor. The carpet padding is butted up against the inner
side of the strips. The carpet goes over the pad and stretched over the top of
the tackless strips. Then the raw edge of the carpet is tucked into the wall
and floor crevice or underneath the wall moulding for a nice finished look.
Transitions and Thresholds
raw edge of the carpet will eventually end or butt up to another carpet or other types of flooring at
the entry doorways and at kitchens, baths
and utility rooms and must have a transition installed of some type. Examples are:
Carpet to carpet, Carpet to vinyl, carpet to hardwoods, carpet to vinyl tiles, and carpet to
ceramic tile are some of the most common locations where a transition or
threshold of some type will be
one carpet meets another carpet in a doorway, the two carpets may be seamed
together directly underneath the door if doesn't look too unsightly, and as
long as there is only a small height variance between the two carpets. You
shouldn't seam together a low-pile carpet with a high-profile carpet. Not only
would it look bad, it could cause excessive wear on one side of the seam.
Consult your estimator or installer to discuss all your options.
can be made of wood, metal, rubber or plastic. Each transition is available in
different quality levels depending on the application. The correct
transition must be used to ensure a long life without failing. The cost of
transitions vary widely and should be discussed with your carpet
estimator/retailer/installer before the bid final is drawn up.
least costly transitions are generally priced at $1.00 to $2.00 per lineal
foot and are commonly gold or silver aluminum metals. A rubber
transition in a utilitarian application should cost about $3-$5 per lineal foot. A
transition of pre-finished hardwoods can easily cost $5 to $20 per foot lineal
or more. Brass
or other specialized transitions can be quite costly.
Future Of Flooring Prices
Over the next decade, as our economy gradually recovers and the housing market
regains market value, I expect the price
of all carpet and floorin
g products and installation prices to increase
significantly. I expect a 25% increase in all flooring product prices and a
increase in carpet and flooring installation costs within the next 10 years.
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