Working with Carpet Contractors

By HomeAdvisor

Updated May 31, 2018


Carpet installation companies are some of the quickest and least intrusive in the home improvement industry; when compared to electrical contractors, hardwood flooring installers, or plumbing specialists, carpet installation services are in and out of your home in virtually no time at all! Just because they’re fast, however, doesn’t mean that they shouldn’t be offered the same kind of treatment you would give a kitchen remodeler or roofing contractor. Here are a few helpful hints to keep your carpet installation smooth, and you (as well as your carpet company) happy!

Carpet Installation Won’t Be a Bother

While not all carpet installation services are able to be completed in a few hours, in most cases, hiring is not going to be translate into a huge hassle. As kitchens and bathrooms (the two most heavily used rooms in the house) are rarely covered in carpet, there is a very good chance that you’ll be able to access just about everything you really need to access whether the installation takes a few hours, a few days, or even a week. You might have to DVR a few TV shows or sleep in the spare room for a night, but a carpet installation is probably not going to affect your meals, your morning shower, or other important facets of your life that would certainly be thrown off by other projects.

Carpet Installation Services Are Slower when You Are Watching

Of course, this is your house and your flooring, but as you’ve hired professionals to install your carpet, one of the best things you can do to make the job go faster is to stay out of the way. This doesn’t mean that you can’t take a look at how each room is progressing (it doesn’t even mean that you can’t watch the process as it happens), but do your best to give your contractors a little breathing room. Checking on progress is fine, and will probably be expected, but if you are curious and want to watch, do so from a distance unless you are invited to take a closer look.

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Breaks (and Little Bonuses)

Since carpeting is typically an inside job, installation companies are unlikely to bring their own bathroom facilities to the job site. It is polite and neighborly to show your crew where the bathroom is upon their arrival as well as tell them any rules you may have in your house regarding things like smoking or swearing. Breaks are a part of every job, and as carpet installation is a rather demanding task, you should expect to see a few 10 or 15 minute breaks (along with a lunch break for day-long installations) over the duration. There is no rule that says you need to provide anything for your crew, but having some hot coffee brewed for morning breaks or chilled water bottles on hand for later in the day is a nicety that anyone will appreciate.

Looking for the Best Carpet Installation Services?

Keeping up with common courtesies and allowing your crew the time and space to do their job are usually all it takes to have a smooth, fast, and happy carpet installation. Companies that are not exactly reputable, however, do exist; it is up to you to do the legwork involved in finding a company with a good reputation and a long list of satisfied customers. HomeAdvisor’s screening process (as well as ratings and reviews from homeowners in your area) can certainly help you find a good company, but don’t disregard other indicators of competent work such as good word of mouth, reasonable quotes, and a stable business. If a carpet company has been in your area for decades and hasn’t gone belly up, there’s a good chance that they’ve been doing a good job!

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