How To Find a Qualified Independent Carpet Installer
Fletcher - Carpet Expert & Consumer Advocate
homeowners, finding a qualified independent carpet installer can be very difficult.
Especially when you consider that some carpet installation jobs are more
difficult than others and require a more experienced installer to get
the job done right.
high-quality carpet in a custom home requires much more expertise
than does installing apartment-grade carpet in an apartment.
everyone wants their carpet installed correctly, and hiring an
installer with minimum of 5 years experience is where I would draw the line
with a simple installation job.
So, if you buy a
high-quality carpet or your installation job is more difficult or tricky,
than you need to hire an installer with more specialized experience. I
personally believe that it takes 10 years before a flooring
installer can truly begin to master their trade.
Independent Carpet Installer
recommend using installers that are provided and paid by the carpet dealer where
you purchased your new carpet. This eliminates most of the headaches and
potential problems you may encounter if you hire an independent installer and
pay them directly for their services.
As with any
trade, some installers are just not worth hiring. In fact, the real good
the hardest to find. They have a busy schedule due to their great
word-of-mouth reputation. These professionals may not need to advertise in
order to keep busy, so the only way to find them may only be through someone
who knows them personally or who has hired them in the past.
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
carpet. You still want to ask for references and verify their License,
Bond and Insurance if required.
carpet stores generally will not allow you to hire their
"in-house" installers, however some carpet dealers have a list of
local flooring installers they will provide to you if you ask.
These are dealers
that cater to do-it-yourself (DIY) homeowners and have many rolls of carpet
in-stock and ready to load into your pickup truck.
These carpet resellers
usually have tell-tale names that identify them as a cash & carry retailer like
"Bob's Carpet Outlet", "Wholesale Carpets" or "Discount
Most cities have
Floor Covering Distributors that provide flooring installation tools
and supplies to local carpet installers. You can call these companies and
ask them what carpet installers they know of and who they might recommend.
Some will have a list of names they can email to you. Most have a cork board
with installers names and business cards posted. You can find these
businesses by searching the internet or your local phone book under the
headings of Carpet Sundries, Carpet Layer Supplies, Flooring
Supply, Floor Covering Tools, etc.
Some cities have
a Carpet Layer's Union that you could call. Union members are paid
"by the hour" instead of "by the square yard". Still,
they may be able to give you some names and numbers of local carpet layers
you can call.
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
Installation Prices - Carpet Installation Cost.
What does it cost
to have carpet installed? 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.
you have a flight of stairs that need to be carpeted you can expect a minimum
charge of $75 to $150 for a basic flight of stairs. That is in addition the the price per
square yard to install the carpet. Most installers charge "by the stair" and if
you have spindles for a handrail the cost can be as much as $15 per
Looped Berber carpets are always more costly to install due to the
added difficulty in handling, cutting and seaming. If your stairs require
the carpet to be wrapped over one or both sides it will cost more for the
upholstery work. Every staircase is different and the installation fee will
be determined according to the time and effort it takes to do the job.
Tear out and haul
away of the old carpet and padding is another charge you can encounter. Some
installers charge as much as $5 per yard to take up your old carpet and
padding. There may also be a dumping or recycling fee that you must pay in addition to that.
Homeowners can save money if they take up all the old carpet and padding
themselves prior to the carpet installers arriving to install the new carpet.
It's a more difficult task than most folks think. If you decide to take up
your old carpet and padding, it's important that the floor be clear of all
debris, vacuumed or swept out
and completely ready to go before the installers arrive.
Installation - Extra Fees and Charges
installation prices, charges and fees that can add up in a hurry is for floor
If you have squeaky floors and want the installers to screw down
the subfloor there will be added costs.
If the old tack-less strips are worn
out, rusty or damaged they will need to be replaced.
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.
The Cost to
Install Carpet can be figured either by square yard or by square foot,
and will often depend on the type of carpet, the grade of carpet, 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 to show up, so if you
have just one small room to do you can't calculate the cost using the amount of
On the other hand, if you have a huge job you might be
able to negotiate a better deal. Installers often like doing bigger jobs
because they can get it done faster than doing a lot of smaller jobs and
driving all about town.
How to Measure for Carpet in 4 Simple Steps
How much should you
pay for installation?
In the southern
states like Florida, Alabama, Texas and Mississippi the price carpet
installers charge is considerably less than in the northern states. Prices per
square yard range from $2.50 to $6.50 nationwide with higher prices in the
northeastern states and along the west coast.
Looped Berber carpet styles
are much more difficult to install than other carpet styles and most
installers charge an additional $1 to $3 more per square yard. Patterned
carpets also require more time and effort and installers will take that into
consideration when figuring their cost to do the job.
from legal problems.
When hiring an
independent flooring installer, it's important
that you call to verify the installer's references and check to make sure the
carpet installer you hire is properly licensed with your state's
contractor regulating agency, if a license is required. Check to make sure he has a
Surety Bond if required
by your state and also check to make sure he has current Business Liability
See if your
state has licensing requirements for carpet installers. All State Contractor License Requirements & Regulations - Carpet & Flooring
You will want to
ask that his insurance company put your name and jobsite address as an add on
to his policy and mail you a copy prior to the actual installation This is as
simple as having him call his insurance agent and asking for a
"rider" to be issued to you. They can fax it or email it to you as
well as send it via snail mail to the jobsite address. This insurance rider
may help protect you from being sued should the installer hurt himself while
working on your property.
You may need
professional legal advice!
You may not be
protected from a lawsuit if the installer pays his helpers "under the table" and
does not pay for their workman's compensation insurance premiums.
end up in a lawsuit if any of the installers "helpers" are injured while
working on your property. You might want to ask to see the workman's
compensation insurance policy or insurance card and make sure that everyone who
works on your property is included and fully covered on by a valid Worker's
policy up to date and have the premiums been paid in full?
Please note: I do not offer
or provide any legal advice whatsoever and you should seek out professional
legal advice if needed and contact your homeowners insurance agent to make sure you are
fully covered if you hire subcontractors to work on your property.
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