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Alan Fletcher - Carpet Expert / Consumer Advocate - Retired after 30 years, do not sell or install carpet.
Carpet Installation Cost
Free Carpet Installation? Carpet Installation Cost, Fees & Charges can vary greatly depending on your Geographical Location; How Difficult Your Job is; The Grade of Carpet You Select; The Style of Carpet You Select, and the Cost to prepare your home for installation of new carpet.
Want the scoop on various types of low-cost advertised Carpet Installation Specials? Learn more: Big Box Carpet Installation Specials Here's what homeowners need to know...
Carpet Installation Costs, Fees and Charges - Nationwide
In different parts of the United States, the current prices for Carpet Installation vary higher or lower depending on the current supply and demand in your area.
Right now is a good time to buy new carpet because installation costs are still lower due to the reduced amount of consumer spending on basic home improvements.
Home sales are up since January of 2022 and homeowners are buying new and used cars in record numbers... and I think carpet installation prices will be steadily increasing from now through 2024.
Currently, in the Southern states where the sun is always shining and the water is warm, there is much more competition for jobs and carpet installation prices are typically much lower than in the northern states.
For example, in Miami, Florida you can have carpet installed for less than $3.00 per yard if you shop the service directories of local newspapers. Making sure your carpet installer is qualified is your responsibility.
that every carpet installer is qualified to install your carpet. In fact, I
firmly believe that less than 35% of all carpet installers are properly
Asking for references and making sure they are licensed, bonded (if required
by your state) and insured (business liability) is your responsibility. Free
Form: 10 Questions To Ask Every Carpet Installer.pdf
Asking for references and making sure they are licensed, bonded (if required by your state) and insured (business liability) is your responsibility. Free Form: 10 Questions To Ask Every Carpet Installer.pdf
Read more about: How To Find a Qualified Carpet Installer
Hire an Independent Carpet Installer?
The states with the lowest carpet installation costs have typically been Florida, Texas and New Mexico. Other southern states like Louisiana, Oklahoma, Mississippi, Arkansas and Southern Arizona have fairly inexpensive carpet labor and installation costs too.
Prices will range from $3.25 per yard to $5.50 per yard depending on the difficulty of the job and the carpet selected. Berber style carpets are generally more costly to install because they are more difficult to handle, cut and seam.
The highest carpet installation prices are in the Northeastern states like New York, Virginia, Massachusetts and Ohio and also in the Pacific Northwest like Oregon and Washington and Northern California. Prices range from $4.50 per yard for a medium grade plush style carpet to $8.50 per yard for a heavy duty looped Berber style carpet.
How to reduce installation costs, fees and charges?
In our current economy, there are less carpet installers out there hungry for work than there was a year or two ago. You can still find a good deal on carpet installation if you are willing to do a little legwork and locate a qualified carpet installer and negotiate a good deal.
If you are willing to be flexible with the date and time of installation and are willing to pay cash at the end of the day, you might get a better deal still.
Some installers are willing to work nights and weekends to make extra money, especially when it doesn't conflict with their commitment to the retail dealers where they are hired to install Monday through Friday.
If you have a little ambition, I think you might be able to negotiate as much as 10 to 25% off their normal carpet installation charge, especially if you are willing to pay them in cash at the end of the day. (But always get a detailed written receipt and insist on at least a full 1-year written warranty)
You never want to sacrifice quality installation in exchange for a discount on price, so be sure you make it clear that you expect a first class job, even if they agree to do the job for less than their usual charge.
Some homeowners reduce installation costs by removing the old carpet and padding themselves. It's not for the fainthearted and it's easy to hurt yourself if you are not very careful. You still have to haul it away to a recycling center or pay to drop it off at the local landfill.
More costly to install...
"Looped Berber Carpets are much more difficult to install than other styles and the installation cost may be as much as $2 per yard higher than a standard plush-style carpet.
Selecting a Patterned Carpet Style may also increase the installation cost as well as increase the amount of Carpet material needed to complete the job."
Learn more about Carpet Styles
Most Retailers Bundle the Cost for
Carpet, Padding and Installation.
To get your best TOTAL carpet deal, you will have to negotiate with the carpet dealers of your choice and not be afraid to ask the retailer for a discount or other incentives for you to buy from them.
The smart homeowner always gets at least three bids/estimates and then takes plenty of time to negotiate a better deal.
Patience is the key here, and those who wait for the price to come down are the winners. Take a few days to think about who you want to buy from and you might get a call from a salesperson will a lower offer...
Be sure you are comparing apples to apples! You can't compare a Polyester carpet to a Nylon carpet.
Learn how to Compare Carpet Fibers
Carpet Installation Discount?
As long as you are not compromising quality, I think that asking for a minimum discount of 10% to 15% on installations is very reasonable as long as you are flexible and ready to write a check upon completion.
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Carpet Installation Cost
Getting the job done right!
The main thing you want to be sure of, is that the carpet installers are qualified and experienced with the type of carpet and job you are doing, and that they will use a power-stretcher to install your carpet.
Gone are the days where a simple knee-kicker will do the trick unless you’re installing cheap carpet in a very small room on a very hot day. Carpet needs to be stretched in tight, and the only way to ensure this is to use a power-stretcher.
If they don’t use a power-stretcher, then find an installer who does!
Carpet Installation Surcharges?
Some carpet retailers choose to make additional profit by adding an extra fee or surcharge on top of the standard going rate for carpet installation charges, often adding as much as 25% to the total installation cost.
I feel this is an unfair charge to the consumer and a slap in the face for the installer. Carpet retailers already make a fair and reasonable profit from the markup on carpet and pad.
If you find that a carpet dealer is adding extra to the installation charge, I suggest you shop elsewhere!
Carpet Installation Cost
Basic Carpet Installation
Some Big-Box home improvement stores like Lowe's and Home Depot advertise super low-cost specials for carpet installation. These super-duper specials sound too good to be true.
"Just $99 for a whole-house carpet installation sounds like a great deal when you first hear about it, but in the end, is it really as good as it sounds? Some offer free installation."
Maybe you should ask, who is doing the installation? Are they qualified? What if you are not satisfied with the installation? How do you get a quick remedy? Who do you call?
You should be wary. The number of Home Depot and Lowe's carpet installation complaints on the internet is significant.
Home Depot and Lowe's
Basic Carpet Installation?
Home Depot and Lowe's frequently change their advertised price for a "basic" carpet installation. Sometimes it's $99, sometimes it's $39, sometimes it's free.
How do you think they can afford to install new carpet in your home for free? The contracted carpet installers surely don't work for free.
The average charge for installing new carpet in your entire home could easily exceed $1000. How do they make up for that loss? Extra installation fees and charges.
I have found that Home Depot and Lowe's basic carpet installation is a bit misleading. The truth is found buried in their fine print.
The key word here is "basic". What is a basic installation? What is their definition of a "basic carpet installation?
Apparently, if your carpet installation job is not considered "Basic" and is determined to be more difficult or more involved, then you may find that the added cost for your carpet installation is much more than you expected.
Don’t assume that their advertised low cost for carpet installation is what you will end up paying.
You may be faced with unexpected extra fees and charges for services that are beyond Home Depot and Lowe's limited definition of a "Basic Carpet Installation".
Carpet Sales Gimmicks?
I've been in the carpet business for 3 decades and I've seen every trick in the book. Trust me on this: Don't fall for any "wow factor" sales gimmicks.
Don't trust any television ad that says if you buy one room of flooring then they will give you two rooms of flooring for free.
Don't be so gullible. Their fine-print will beat you every time and you will not get the great deal you hoped for. You need to be absolutely sure your new carpet has been installed properly.
You cannot afford to take chances by having your expensive new carpet installed cheaply by a third party.
Let me ask you...
"If you pay just $99 for whole-house carpet installation from Lowe's or Home Depot, and you are not satisfied with the final outcome, how much would your refund be?"
A refund of $99.00? Then you would need to hire another carpet installer to try to fix the problem. How much do you think that is going to cost you?
If you want to get the scoop on new carpet installation specials and other common carpet sales gimmicks, learn more about carpet installation costs: Big Box Carpet Installation Specials
When one carpet meets another carpet in a doorway, the two carpets may be seamed together directly underneath the door.
You shouldn't seam together a low-pile carpet with a high-profile carpet.
Not only would it look bad, it could cause excessive wear on one side of the seam.
Consult your estimator or installer to discuss all your seaming options.
Transitions can be made of wood, metal, rubber or plastic. Each transition is available in different quality levels depending on the application. The correct transition must be used to ensure a long life without failing.
The cost of transitions vary widely and should be discussed with your carpet estimator/retailer/installer before the bid final is drawn up.
The least costly transitions are generally priced at $2.00 to $3.00 per lineal foot and are commonly gold or silver aluminum metals.
A rubber transition in a utilitarian application should cost about $3-$5 per lineal foot.
A transition of pre-finished hardwoods can easily cost $5 to $20 per foot lineal or more. Brass or other specialized transitions can be quite costly.
Not only must you hire a qualified carpet installer, you must also choose the right grade of carpet and padding too. Just as important is making sure you buy from an honest and reputable carpet and flooring dealer. That's how to buy new carpet like a pro! See who I recommend near you.