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Question DetailsAsked on 12/10/2016

What is the labor cost to remove carpet and padding from a room 10feet by 16 feet

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Here is a similar previous question with answer FYI -

Varies widely - and commonly cost only about 1/3-2/3 as much if the remover is also selling you and installing the new carpet, as compared to removal only.

Total cost can run about $0.40-1.50/SF commonly to remove and dispose of, depending on how heavy it and the padding are, whether glued down, if removal includes taking up the tack strip and disposing of it too, cost of disposal at the dump or rental of a dumpster, etc. Generally, disposal (other than to a dumpstear near the door) generally is about half the totall job cost.

You also have to consider minimum charge, because that is a small job - probably $100 range minimum if a handyman, maybe $150-250 if a carpet company. Assuming tack-strip mounted, I would guess about minimum charge of $150 at least - and if hauling to the dump rather than putting in a dumpster you provide or at the curb for garbage collection pickup (if legal and available in your area) probably more like $250 range - possibly even somewhat more if long ways or slow city driving to the dump, or your area has very high dump fees.

Unless glued down, an easy 2-3 manhour DIY job requiring minimal tools - if you can store it in the garage and cut up and dispose of it incrementally over several months in the regular trash cans, if your area allows curbside disposal of it (which may or may not come with an added large item pickup fee - and be sure how much weight is allowed per piece), you live in a complex with large dumpsters and you are allowed to dump remodel debris in it (commonly prohibited by management), or you have a pickup to haul it ot the dump (cut or folded in half longwise). Actually, 10x16 (cut or folder in half long ways) would fit in many larger SUV's too (with a few feet hanging out the liftgate) if you folded down some seats, but you have to wrap well in several wraps of heavy visqueen or the car will be a mess from all the dust and grit coming out of the carpet and pad.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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