Cost of having Carpet Fitted
A guide of the process of hiring a tradesman to lay carpet, including the costs of labour and materials.
The cost to fit new carpeting in a home will vary from home to home. If you choose a plush carpet, versus industrial, the cost will vary. If the floor space is 100 sq metres, versus 1000 sq metres, the price is also going to vary.
What the work entails will also vary from home to home. In some homes, the contractors simply need to fit the space and lay down the underlay and new carpeting. In other homes, maybe concrete/cement must be removed, leveling work is required, and foundation damage needs to be repaired. All of these aspects not only affect cost but duration of fitting and installing new carpeting in a home.
What the job entails
For most basic projects, fitting new carpeting is quite simple. Contractors will measure the area where the carpet is to be laid down. They will then provide you with different underlay material options (for plush, industrial, commercial, etc. carpeting options). From there, you select the carpet, and it is installed.
However, in some cases, additional work is required. If you previously had tile installed, grout and cement have to be lifted and removed. If the property isn’t level, foundation work might be required. All of these aspects must be accounted for when fitting a home, and installing new carpeting in it.
Why not DIY
One of the main reasons you shouldn’t install carpeting yourself is the simple fact that this can lead to damage. If it is not properly fitted and laid down, mould can grow between the floorboards. The carpet can come up, water damage might ensue, and yes, it can even cause damage to the structure.
It can lead to horrible smells and odours in the home. Further, you will have to replace the carpeting sooner, because it is damaged/worn quickly because it was not properly laid down in the home.
First and foremost, leveling is an issue in some homes. If the home isn’t on even foundation, or if there was different flooring material installed prior to the carpeting, contractors must face these tasks. This might include removing grout, cement, installing underlay, or even hiring professionals to level the ground.
Replacing siding or skirting boards is often associated with fitting new carpets as well. Especially if you are choosing a different carpeting material/style moving forward.
Cost and Duration
In most cases, you should expect to pay a £150 cost for labour, and about £100 to fit a small to mid-sized room with new carpeting. Rooms which are 25 sq. metres or smaller can typically be completed in less than 3-4 hours.
Of course, after installation, it is important to remain out of the room (not step on the carpet) for several hours. So, you should add an additional day (1-2 days), simply to allow the new carpeting to conform to its new home.
For an entire home, you should expect to set aside at least 3-4 days for new carpet installation. Many contractors will also charge a flat rate (£500 for the entire home), as opposed to an hourly rate for the labour. This is of course in addition to the price of the carpeting material you select when fitting new carpeting in the home. This will help reduce the overall cost of the project.
These costs typically include the removal of the old flooring and installation of underlay. Keep in mind that if additional services, such as leveling, or improving the floor’s surface is required, you will incur additional fees when having these services performed in the home. Therefore, all fees should be discussed with the contractor, prior to agreeing upon the final rate, and services to be performed when fitting and installing new carpeting in a home.
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Here is a list of commonly asked questions in regards to hiring a carpet fitter to lay carpet.
Q Can I install new carpeting myself?
In short, yes. If you have the right equipment and time, you can install new carpet. However, this can lead to issues with your new flooring. It can easily be uplifted if you don’t properly fit and space the carpeting. Water damage can ensue if not properly laid down. If you don’t know how to measure and fit the underlay, the new carpet will wear and tear in virtually no time at all.
These are a few of the many reasons why a homeowner should hire a professional, as opposed to attempting to install new carpeting in the home themselves.
Q Can I have carpet fit for a staircase?
Yes, it is possible to fit carpeting over a staircase. In most cases, you will pay approximately £20 per sq. metre (prices will vary based upon the contractor who is doing the work). This is in addition to the flat rate which is charged per hour (or on a daily basis) for the labour.
Q Does new carpeting require new underlay?
Yes, it is best to install new underlay when replacing the old carpeting. The main reason being that it has to be packed and fitted, based on the new carpet/material being chosen. If you previously had plush carpeting, and are installing industrial carpeting, the underlay material differs.
Q How long will the project take?
Typically for a small room, to mid-sized room, it will take 3-4 hours to install. For an entire home, you should set aside at least 3-4 days. This includes the time in which you shouldn’t step on the carpet after the actual installation is complete.
Q What will the cost of installation be?
Again, this depends on the contractors you choose to hire. In most cases, a flat rate is charged for labour (usually £100-150 per day). Many contractors will charge a flat fee if doing an entire home installation. In addition to this, the price of underlay and the new carpeting you choose should be calculated into this rate. Prices vary greatly depending on the style of carpeting which is chosen for the home.
Q Who should I hire?
More often than not, word of mouth and online reviews are a great way to compare fitters as well as services such as MyJobQuote.co.uk. This will help you choose a qualified team, and one which will guarantee the work they perform in your home when fitting and laying new carpet down.