Cost to hire a Carpet Fitter on Bidvine
£70 - £165
National average price
National average price
Sep 23, 2019
Are you planning to install a new floor or carpet, if so you can expect costs to average around £70 to £165 in the UK, though as this is an estimate these carpet fitting prices can vary. This price guide takes a look at the top factors which affect carpet installation to ensure your next carpet looks great!
|UK National Minimum Cost||£70|
|UK National Maximum Cost||£165|
|UK National Average Cost||£100|
|Average Range||£70 - £165|
Are you wondering whether you could make replacing your carpet a DIY project? You may want to think again. Carpet fitting is a job best left to the professionals. There is a fair amount of skill required to get your carpet laid out smoothly and cut properly. You don't want to make a costly mistake by cutting the carpet incorrectly.
In addition to knowledge and experience, professional carpet fitters also use tools designed especially for the job. Tools that you’d have to purchase in addition if you were to complete it yourself.
Most importantly, you'll want to find a carpet fitter you're comfortable trusting with the future of your flooring. Your professional should be able to tell you the types of installations they've previously worked on as well as what kind of carpets they have worked with. They may even be able to produce a portfolio with pictures of previous jobs so you can inspect their work. You need to be confident in your carpet fitter’s area of expertise before they start on your home.
While it's best to leave measuring up to the professionals, you can tackle some of the preparation on your own. For instance, you can move any furniture out of the room prior to your carpet fitters' arrival to save their time and lower your costs.
Another key step to preparing is removing the existing carpet. By getting rid of the old floor covering yourself, you can keep the overall cost of the project down. However, if you can’t do this on your own your carpet fitter will be able to help.
Once the old carpet is removed you should take this opportunity to inspect your subfloor and joists for any issues. It is important that your subfloor is in top shape before you continue.
Fitting carpet in an average sized room shouldn't take more than a day, including cleanup time.
Even with the time that it takes to move your furniture out and back in, you will be able to enjoy your new carpet in a reasonable timeframe. Keep in mind, that if you do have multiple rooms or a larger area to carpet that this could take longer.
A problem with your subfloor could also increase the overall length of your renovation. If after the carpet is removed, there is a need to repair the subfloor be sure to make space in your budget and project timeline accordingly.
With many types of carpet available, you’ll need to shop around. You want to make sure you find something that has a look and feel that you are pleased with. Don't be afraid to shop around until you find exactly what you're looking for.
When deciding on the type of carpet first think about the area you are carpeting. A hallway needs a sturdier type of carpet. That way it can withstand the high levels of foot traffic. In contrast, a bedroom would benefit from a plush, high-pile carpet.
When you start your search, think about the texture, pattern, and pile depth you can envision in your space. Pile depth refers to the length of fibres. Picture a shag carpet, this would be considered high pile. Then, most office carpeting is low pile. Low pile carpet doesn't show your foot treads as easily and is easier to vacuum clean. This makes low pile carpet ideal for high traffic areas.
You can also find carpeting in a variety of different patterns and solid shades. If you're set on a certain colour, you should be able to find a matching texture or pile to work in your home.
Carpet pricing is often sold by the square meter. While cheaper carpet might seem tempting because of the lower initial cost, it won't last as long and will show wear more quickly. Keep an eye out for carpeting that balances cost with quality There are plenty of mid-range carpets at reasonable prices available on the market so shop around to find what will work best.
You should find the best selection at stores that specialise in carpet and other floor coverings. Shop around to see a wider selection so that you can compare costs to find further savings.
Some carpet fitters may offer a discount on the carpet cost if you purchase through them. Still, you should shop around on your own first.
When it comes to online carpet retailers be aware that you won’t be able to check the carpet for softness, colour accuracy, or density in person. If possible ask if they will send you a sample so you can feel and see the carpet for yourself.
In addition to the cost of the new carpet and installation costs, there are other costs to consider as well.
For instance, the disposal of your old carpet. If your carpet fitters to take care of this for you, there will be an additional labour cost. You may find it more budget-friendly to take care of this yourself.
You'll also have to budget for the underlay that rests beneath your carpet. Underlay will come in different thicknesses for different rooms. It adds a cushion beneath your carpet for comfort and insulation, and can also lower the sound of footfalls on the floor. While it does add to your budget, underlay helps to save you money by preserving the life of your new carpet.
After you've installed your new carpet, you may want to replace or refinish your skirting boards to match the new look. Thanks to their depth, high pile carpets will add height to your floor. To accommodate this you may need to shave down the bottoms of your doors. Then again, you may need to adjust the height of your skirting board.
Another factor to consider is whether you will be carpeting stairs and staircase landings. Fitting carpet for hall stairs can be a more intricate project and add time to the project as a whole. So if you plan to add carpeting to staircases be sure to inquire about how much it is to carpet stairs in particular and then how this will affect the entire cost estimate.
Once you know what type of carpet you'd like in your home, look for a carpet fitter who has experience working with it. Some types of carpet may require special techniques for proper installation so it's best to prepare by finding out about your carpet fitter’s experience.
Keep in mind that a less experienced carpet fitter may cost less per hour but may take more time to complete the work, adding to the overall cost of your job. An expert with lots of experience may have a higher hourly rate but save on material costs. Their experience in cutting and fitting carpet would lead to minimize waste and leftover material.
Find a balance between skill and cost per hour. You don't want to get a great deal on an hourly rate only to find the carpet was fitted incorrectly and you're tripping over a mistake every day
A new carpet is a great way to improve the look and comfort in your home. You will easily feel the difference your new floor will make. Make sure you put your best foot forward each time you walk on your new carpet.
Consider all of the incidental costs before setting your budget. Start your search for a great carpet fitter who takes pride in a job well done. Carpet fitting may look easy, but it is best left in the capable hands of professionals.
It's important to find a carpet fitter who has experience in the type of carpet you're looking to lay down as well. Even if they don't have a portfolio with samples of their work, they can tell you about past jobs.
Are you all set to fit your new carpet? It’s easy to find a great carpet installer by submitting a free request for bids on Bidvine!
What's Next? Remember to plan ahead and book carpet cleaning on a regular basis. This will keep your carpets fresh and help them to last longer as well!