Preparation Steps: Top 5 Carpet Pre-Installation Tips
If you’ve recently ordered carpet with installation, then you need to know how to prepare your room for the job properly. There are several things that you must do before the workers arrive. If your space isn’t set up properly, then the worker will lose precious time, and your installation will take even longer. Even worse, if the contractor gave you a per-hour quote, the time that they spend clearing out and setting up the space will cost you more money. Don’t let that happen to you. Instead, follow these five tips.
1) Clear the Room
There should be nothing in the room that the flooring is going to be installed in. This means that you should remove all of the furniture, as well as everything that is hanging on the walls. You don’t want one of the workmen to bump into a picture or painting and destroy it accidentally. Even if they are fully insured (and they should be) this is just one additional headache.
2) Set Up Some Workspace
Not only will the workers be in the room where the new flooring will go, but they will need some space to work. They’ll have some tools with them that need to be spread out. You should clear a few tables or a patch of floor in an adjoining room so that they have plenty of room to work. They’ll thank you for doing so – and your installation will go much more smoothly.
3) Create a Pathway
You also need to create a pathway that leads from the front or side door, whichever one is easier for the workers to use. They’ll be moving in and out for some time bringing in your new carpeting, as well as their tools. Make sure that they have a clear path to follow, and if you want to protect your floors along that path, place some plastic sheeting down. This will keep them from tracking mud or slush in from the outdoors.
4) Remove All Breakables
You also want to remove everything that’s breakable along the path that you’ve just created, just like you did in the room itself. You don’t want anyone bumping into your precious antiques or collectibles. It’s just easier to rehome them until the work is completed.
5) Begin Demolition
One of the last things that you can do before your carpet installation team arrives is begin the demolition job. This means that you can start removing the old flooring. It’s very easy to do, especially if you’re just replacing the existing carpeting. If you manage to get all of the old flooring up and out of the way, all that the installers will need to do is get to work. They can start putting your new flooring in right away.
Ordering carpet with installation and then preparing your space isn’t as tough as it seems. As long as you follow the five tips outlined here, you’ll be in good shape when the contractor and his team arrive.