Carpet installation is a job best handled by a professional who has the skills and specialty tools to do the job right. A professional installer knows how to minimize or hide seams, match transition heights with other floor coverings and, most importantly, how to stretch wall-to-wall carpeting to avoid wrinkling. Additionally, a pro knows how to choose the right carpet padding to ensure a quality installation.
How to prepare for installing carpet
Before the day of installation, take these steps to make the process go smoothly:
- Complete any other remodeling projects (wall painting, window treatments, etc.) in the room before installing new carpet.
- Remove all furniture, accessories and electronics from the room. If you can’t handle the large items, check if the installation crew will move them. Ask if there’s an additional charge.
- Remove or secure wiring and cables from TVs and other electronic equipment.
- Vacuum the old carpet to cut down on airborne dust and dirt. Vacuum the subfloor too after the old carpet and padding are removed.
- During and immediately after installation, open windows and doors, if possible, or use a fan to circulate air to help dissipate that new carpet smell. You can also operate the fan of your heating or air conditioning system.