Carpet Installation Cost - Carpet
Installer Labor Prices
Fletcher - 30-Year Carpet Expert & Consumer Advocate
am retired now, but I have over
30 years experience in the carpet business and I have personally installed
thousands of yards of carpet of every type, style and color.
If you want to
know how much it's going to cost to hire an "independent" carpet installer you
have come to the right place.
you want to know about carpet installation costs for stairs or other extra
installation fees, this is your best unbiased source.
more Important Stuff Homeowners need to know about...
Qualified Carpet Installer
installers are the easiest to find because they advertise in common places
like Craigslist or the service ads in your local newspaper. As with any
trade, some carpet installers are not worth hiring because they don't do a
The best installers are
the hardest to find and seldom advertise. The best way to find them is through someone
who knows them or who has hired them in the past.
You might ask your friends,
relatives or co-workers who they would recommend. Even if an installer comes
recommended, it does not mean the installer is qualified to install your
type of carpet for your type of application.
carpet stores generally will not allow you to hire their installers unless
you buy the carpet from them. Carpet retailers often have a difficult time
finding and keeping good installers because the best installers are busy
enough due to their good reputation alone, and donít need or even want to work
for a retail carpet store.
Hiring a Certified Carpet
installer is a good way to go and there is a website that you can visit that
have lists of Certified installers. Click here and enter your zip code to Locate
a CFI Certified
Flooring Installer near you.
You can also call the CFI
main office for a
recommendation at (816) 231-4646
There may be a
Carpet Layer's Union in your city. They charge by the hour not by the size
of the job or by the yard. Check your local listings.
How much does it cost
to have carpet installed? What can you expect to pay for extra services? Here
is what you need to know... There are a lot of variables that homeowners need to
consider before the question of carpet installation cost can be accurately
answered. There are many different fees and charges you may encounter all
depending on your home and the type of carpet you select.
For example, if
you have a flight of stairs that need to be carpeted you can expect a minimum
charge of $75 to $250 for the flight of stairs. That is in addition the the price per
square yard to install the carpet. Some installers charge by the stair and if
you have spindles from a handrail the cost can be as much as $15 to $25 per
stair. A basic set of "box" stairs might cost you an additional $3
to $10 per step. Wrapped stairs require installing carpet over the side of the
stairs on one or both sides, increasing the installation cost per stair. Looped Berber carpets are always more costly to install due to the
added difficulty in cutting and seaming, so if you have an elaborate staircase
requiring major upholstery work AND you are installing a looped Berber
carpet - the cost can be much much higher.
Out with the
old carpet and padding...
Tear out and haul
away of your old carpet and padding is another charge you may encounter. Some
installers charge as much as $3 per yard to take up your old carpet and
padding. There may also be a dump fee that you must pay in addition to that.
Some homeowners try to save money by removing their old carpet and padding
themselves prior to the carpet installers arriving to install the new carpet.
Unless you are physically fit and have some basic hand tools you might want to
reconsider. It's hard work and you can easily hurt yourself if you are not
If you decide to do this yourself it's important that the jobsite be clean, all furniture moved out, swept out
and ready to go before the installers arrive arrive.
Installation - Extra Fees and Charges
installation prices, charges and fees that can add up in a hurry is for floor
preparation. If you have squeaky floors and want the installers to screw down
the subfloor there will be added costs for doing this. If the old tack-less strips are worn
out, rusty or damaged they will need to be replaced. It is usually more
costly to replace tackless on a concrete slab than on wood sub-flooring like
plywood or particle board.
If you need new metal
transitions there may be added costs depending on what type of transitions you
require and the amount of lineal feet you need. Learn more about
measured by the
square foot (SF) or by the square yard (SY)?
can be measured two ways. By the square foot or by the square yard. Some say it is
easier to figure the cost if you use the square foot method. For decades it
was always figured by the square yard - but nowadays it can go either way,
but usually by the square foot.
There are 9 square feet in 1 square yard, so 900 square feet is the same as
100 square yards. If you multiply the square yards by 9, you get the square
If you divide the square feet by 9 you get the square yards. Most two
bedroom homes require about 90 yards. That's equal to about 1000 square feet.
The Cost to
Install Carpet depends on the grade of carpet you
buy, the area you live in, the experience level of the installer and the size
of your job. Most installers have a minimum fee of at least $100 for very
small jobs, so if you
just have a small room to do, you can't calculate the installation cost using the amount of
square feet you have. You will just be charged the installers minimum
On the other hand, if you have a huge job you might be
able to negotiate a better deal if you are willing to pay in cash and do some
of the prep work yourself. Installers often like doing bigger jobs
because they can make more money faster doing one big job than by doing a
bunch of small jobs. This assumes that you are hiring an independent
installer and pay him directly and not using the carpet installers typically
provided by the carpet dealer where you have purchased your new carpet.
Personally I prefer using the dealer provided installers. It can reduce the
potential problems you might encounter by hiring an independent flooring
installer. Learn more All State Verify Contractor License Requirements
Much Should You Pay for Carpet Installation?
In the southern
states like Florida, Alabama, Texas and Mississippi the price carpet
installers charge is considerable less than in the northern states.
square yard range from $2.50 to $6.50 nationwide with higher prices in the
northeastern states and along the west coast.
There is no way to give you
the going rate in your area so you have to call around and ask a few
installers what they charge. They are going to want answers to specific
questions so be prepared to answer these:
yards of carpet?
What type or
style of carpet?
Do you have
tear out of the old?
ordered the carpet?
carpet in stock?
Who did you
buy it from?
Where is the
What is the
Where is the
Scheduling - You
want it installed WHEN?
installers will not schedule your exact install date until AFTER your new
roll of carpet has arrived from the mill.
Arrival dates are never to be
trusted and it is common for a roll of carpet to arrive weeks later than
originally expected. Delays or problems in manufacturing or bad weather can
easily delay the arrival of your new carpet.
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