Now that you have chosen the perfect carpet for your Fort Collins home, you might think that your job is done. All you need to do now is wait for the installer to arrive, right? The truth is, carpet installation is a big job, and many things can hamper the process if you’re not prepared for carpet installation day. Fortunately, there are a few things that you can do to prepare your home for your carpet installation, and make the process that much smoother.
Empty and Clean the Room(s)
Before your carpet installers arrive, you should take clear out everything from the room (or rooms) that you are having carpeted. Take out all furniture (chairs, sofas, beds), tables, entertainment centers, bookcases, etc. You should also remove anything from the walls, including pictures and anything on wall-mounted shelves. Disconnect and label wiring. The less you have in the room, the less the installers need to work around.
While you are in the process of removing your belongings from the areas being carpeted, take a little time to do a bit of spring cleaning. Wash baseboards, clean walls and shelves. If you are having an old carpet removed to be replaced with your new one, give it a thorough vacuuming, which will minimize any dust and debris that will be kicked up during removal.
Remove Doors (If Necessary)
If you have doors that lead to and from the areas that are to be carpeted, or there are closet doors in the room, it is a good idea to remove them, as carpet will be installed under them, as well as around the doorframe. This can be rather involved and labor intensive, and removing the doors can be a great help in expediting the process. Keep in mind that if your new carpet is thicker than your old one, or this is your first time installing carpet, you may need to have the doors cut down before they are rehung, to make sure that they swing properly. Hopefully this is something you’ve already discussed with your NoCo Carpet Direct Rep prior to purchasing your carpet!
Get the Air Moving
The carpet installation process involves many odors you may not be familiar with. From adhesives to hot melt seam tape, your home might become filled with new smells that might last a few days. By opening up windows and doors, especially now that the weather is starting to get nicer, and turning on ceiling fans, you can get the air circulation started, helping to keep odors to a minimum.
Provide a Workspace for the Installers
Your contractors will need a place to work, so help them out and create a space for them in your front yard. Clear a path so they can move between the workspace and your front door easily. To keep your floors clean from the shoes that will be trekking back and forth, you can set down drop cloths, old carpet squares or cardboard. Just make sure you secure what you place down so that no one slips and falls.
Plan to Be Home
Your carpet installers may have questions during this installation process, and you are the person who is best able to answer them. Make sure that you are able to be home during the course of the carpet installation. It is also important to make sure that any children and/or pets are kept out of the work zones, to ensure both the safety of your family members as well as that of the installers.
Installing a new carpet in your Fort Collins home is a big project. How well the carpet is installed directly affects its life. With a little bit of preparation, and the help of your Carpet Direct of Northern Colorado flooring rep, you can rest assured that your carpet will not only look beautiful, but that it will provide you many years of comfort and joy.