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It is not unusual to see advertisements in many home improvement stores that state that installation of any carpeting purchased in the store will be done for a fixed price, or even free of charge. This is something that anyone who is hoping to upgrade their interior spaces should investigate, but they should also be aware of hidden fees too.
ColorYourCarpet.com indicates that there is "no such thing as free installation" and goes on to illustrate the many additional costs that can be unexpectedly tacked on to a free or fixed-rate install. They indicate that most residential installations will require from $3 to $6 per yard strictly for labor. Additional costs tend to include:
When added up this could mean that a fixed-rate installation of $5 per yard is actually around $18 per square yard, or more! This is the reason that contract must be drafted with the installer, and every price point identified and accepted.
For this discussion we will consider the materials and costs of a carpet installation in a standard family room. This is a room measuring 16'x16' in size (256 square feet) and having no unusual angles or special cutting requirements.
Can it be a DIY project? Not really, it takes some know-how and specialized tools to properly install a rug and padding. It also requires a high-powered carpet stretcher to be used as well, and most homeowners do not already possess such equipment.
The average costs and materials associated with this project include:
(16' x 16')
Cost to install new carpeting varies greatly by region (and even by zipcode). Get free estimates from carpet installers in your city.