A carpet can be the theme that brings an entire room together. It can blend the furniture, drapes and other design points into one cohesive unit. It can also be a wonderful dream land for kids as they watch television, a wrestling mat for those same kids (or playful adults). A good carpet is one that feels thick, soft and warm beneath our bare toys. It should also be long lasting, durable and easy to take care of. Where we buy the carpet can vary, but how it is installed should not. A good carpet should always be installed by a professional carpet contractor. There are many ways to find a carpet contractor, including:
- By referral of the carpet retailer or dealer.
- By referral of trusted contractors and other trusted professionals.
- By referral of real estate agents
- By word of mouth by trusted friends and family how have recently had carpet installed.
When you are buying carpet that will not be installed by the dealer there are several things to keep in mind:
- Ask that the rolled and cut carpet be unrolled and inspected before it is delivered or before it is loaded if you are the one who will be bringing it home.
- Ask if the carpet can be delivered after being aired out for several days in the warehouse to reduce the amount of fumes that it gives off in your home.
- Carefully inspect the carpet both at the warehouse and before it is installed for any signs of defects.
- Ask about the policy for defects that are found after the carpet is cut.
Once the carpet is brought into your home you will need to follow the instructions and advice of the carpet contractor. For instance, if the contractor suggests airing it out, put the carpet in a room that will not be affected by the fumes if they are present. The carpet should be left rolled if directed to do so by the professional.
After the carpet installer schedules the date for installation, make sure that:
- Everything and everybody is cleared out of the room so that the pro can work.
- Make sure the pad is there as well. If there is any doubt that the padding will be there, reschedule the carpeting installation date. After all, the padding must be put down first.