DIY vs. Professional Carpet Installation: Which is Right for Your Tampa Home?

New flooring for your Brandon area home comes with a lot of upfront costs, and carpeting is no exception. Costs are often attributed not only to the materials themselves, but also the installation. This will lead many a homeowner to consider the option of installing carpeting themselves in an effort to save on costs. But is going DIY the right choice for you and your home? Here are a few points to consider before deciding to install your own carpeting.

DIY Offers Point of Pride

When you are installing carpet in yourself, you set all the terms. You get to control the schedule, you never have to worry about letting strangers into your home, and you save on the cost of labor. More importantly, home projects offer a strong sense of pride for homeowners. Walking across your new carpeting will feel just a little bit better knowing you put it there yourself.

DIY Does Not Mean Easy

Make no mistake though, installing carpeting is hard work. If you are not particularly handy, installing carpeting yourself can feel like a very daunting task. If you do not feel confident enough in learning the steps before executing them yourself, it may be better for your peace of mind to opt for a professional installation.

One component of carpet installation which is often overlooked is the need for using specialty tools in order to get the job done. These tools include a carpet stretcher, the knee-kicker and a seam roller. These tools can be rented, but you will need to learn how to use them effectively. Another factor to consider is your new carpet’s warranty. Some warranties require professional installation in order to remain valid. Trying to install this kind of carpeting yourself may run the risk of voiding warranty before the carpeting is even laid down onto your floor.

Knowing the condition of your subflooring is also important before laying down new carpet. Any irregularities in your subflooring may lead to problems such as in sick damages or flooding down the line, and should be addressed before covering them up with carpeting. If you are installing carpeting yourself in a room that was previously carpeted, you will also need to address the problem of getting rid of your old carpeting. Professional installation covers this cost, but in a DIY situation, you will need to address that yourself.

Stress Will Happen Either Way

It is important to accept that some level of stress will happen with a major project like carpet installation whether you decide to install it yourself or not. With a professional installation, you will still have to work on scheduling and being home to let contractors into your house for the installation to take place. With DIY installation, regardless of knowledge and wherewithal, you will have to deal with the stress that a mistake made by you could potentially cause you to have to re-purchase carpeting for your room.

Final Verdict

If you are replacing the carpeting in one room of your home, and you are up to the challenge, a DIY installation may prove to be quite the learning experience. However, if you are installing carpeting into more than one room in your house, or the entire house, a professional installation is likely your best bet. Professional installation can come with more upfront costs, but will save you the trouble of potential hidden costs down the road.

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