One of the most overlooked yet vital components regarding your carpet purchase is the installation. If it is improperly installed, it will affect the life and finished look of your carpet. Here’s how to avoid this scenario.
When choosing the company to install your carpet, be sure to look for the following criteria: The company should provide proof of liability insurance. Why is this important? If the installer should inadvertently damage your home during the installation process, the insurance will provide adequate compensation for the damage and keep you from having to pay out of pocket expenses. Second, the installer should provide you with a viable written warranty. This is a deal breaker, folks. If the installer is unwilling to provide a one year warranty in writing, do yourself a favor and find another installer who will. Third, the installer should provide a list of references. Be sure to verify the references before allowing installation.
Fourth, don’t forget to obtain all the facts, in writing, before allowing your installer to begin the installation project in your home. Here are a few vital factors to keep in mind: seam placement; door adjustment; moving of furniture; and removal and disposal of old carpet. Additionally, be sure to list all existing damage to walls, base boards and other pertinent areas prior to installation. We recommend you share this list with your installer prior to the installation date.
Fifth, pay particular attention to seam placement. This is an important aspect of installation which many homeowners tend to overlook. Correct seam placement is vital to the overall look and effect of your carpeting. Seams should be hidden under furniture and placed outside of heavy traffic areas. An experienced installer will insure seams are hidden from view.
Additional considerations regarding carpet installation include ensuring proper ventilation of the area where the carpet is being installed to avoid gas buildup which can occur during the process. Be sure to inquire if the installer will utilize a “power stretcher” during installation. Today’s carpets oftentimes require the use of such a device to assure proper placement. Any room over 10×10 requires the use of this tool to avoid future wrinkles. Ask your installer if he/she utilizes the proper tools to perform the job properly.
Finally, be aware of escalating installation costs. Ask the installer to explain the costs in detail and prior to actual installation. This ensures you will not be surprised by “hidden” costs the installer may spring upon you during the installation process.
Next time we will review the cost of “do it yourself” installation and other important do’s and don’ts pertaining to carpet installation!