The cost of new carpet is very expensive. You first need to purchase the carpet itself as well as invest in a high-quality carpet pad to reduce the wear over time. Then of course you need to hire a professional for carpet installation which can be very expensive and will want to hire a carpet cleaning service in Portland to remove harmful VOCs.
We do recommend hiring a professional for installation considering how important it is to get the job done correct but you can cut the overall costs with a few DIY projects before the installer arrives at your home. Here are some DIY carpet removal projects to help reduce the cost of installing carpet.
#1. FURNITURE RELOCATION
You can be sure that an installer will charge extra if you require him to move furniture in and out of the room the carpet will be installed. Before the installer arrives, empty the room out entirely and move all of the furniture to a room with tile or hardwood floor or in your garage or outdoors if the weather is nice enough.
#2. TEAR OUT THE CARPET
Now that the room is empty, we recommend going one step further and tearing out the old carpet too. This is a relatively easy DIY project that will also help save money when it comes time to pay the installer. If he doesn’t have to remove the old carpet, then he will charge less for his services. You can remove carpet by cutting out a corner with a razor blade and then cutting the carpet into long rectangular strips and then rolling up and placing it out on your curb for the local garbage service to retrieve at a later date.
#3. TEAR OUT THE CARPET PAD
The carpet is gone and all that is left on the floor is the pad. You can tear the pad out using your bare hands. This is a fast project and another way to save costs on carpet installation. You can simply throw all of the pieces of the torn out carpet pad into a garbage bag.
#4. REMOVE STAPLES
There will be several hundred staples in the subfloor that attached the carpet pad and seems of the carpet to your floor. You can remove these staples using a hammer or a tool designed specifically for the removal of staples from floors. It is much faster to purchase the tool and the tool will still be cheaper than the cost of paying the installer to remove all of the staples from the floor.
You can deliver the carpet from the retail store or the manufacturer on your own and save costs on the installer or retailer delivering the carpet to your home. Most rolls of carpet will fit in the back of a standard pickup truck or in a large conversion van. If you don’t own a large enough vehicle, see if you can borrow one from a friend or a family member that lives nearby.
These 5 DIY projects are all easy to accomplish and can be done in less than a weekend. You will save yourself several hundreds of dollars in the process which will leave more money for you to invest in a higher quality carpet and carpet pad.