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How do I estimate carpet installation?

When it’s time to replace your carpet, one of the biggest expenses you will face is the cost of installation. While some of the installation tasks can be done by you, it’s always best to entrust a professional to ensure the overall quality of the job.

But, as a homeowner, estimating the cost for carpet installation can be overwhelming. That being said, it’s not as hard as you think it is — if you know what to factor in. 

To help you out, let’s break down the question, “How do I estimate carpet installation?”

1. Measure the Square Footage of the Rooms

The first thing you need to do is measure the square footage of the room(s) where the new carpet will be installed. It’s essential to get accurate measurements because some carpet styles are only available in certain widths.

To measure, use a tape measure and measure the length and width of each room, rounding up to the nearest foot. Multiply the length by the width to get the square footage. Do this for each room, and then add the square footage of each room together to get the total square footage.

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2. Determine What Type of Carpet You Will Need

The type of carpet you choose will affect the installation cost. There are different styles, fibers, and padding to choose from, and each has its own price range.

The more expensive and thicker the carpet, the more it will cost to install. So, select the carpet that fits your budget and style. Remember that higher-end carpets probably have a lower installation cost since their superior quality makes them easier to install.

3. Calculate the Cost of Installation

Once you know the square footage and the type of carpet you want to install, you can now determine the cost of the installation. Most companies charge per square foot of carpet, with an additional cost per step for stairs.

The average cost for installation ranges from $1.50-$4.50 per square foot. Also, consider the cost of any necessary additional services, such as removing and disposing of the old carpet, cleaning the area, or furniture moving.

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4. Find a Trusted Professional Installer

It’s essential to choose an experienced and trusted professional to install your carpet. Look for reviews and recommendations from friends or family at your local home improvement store. Compare several contractors’ estimates before making a decision to ensure that you are getting the best price and quality.

5. Opt for Bundles

If you’re planning to install carpet in multiple rooms, ask if the carpet installation company has any special bundle deals. Going for a bundled installation deal with multiple rooms, services, or products can be cheaper than individually buying everything. You may also receive discounts if you buy installation and products from the same company.