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Question DetailsAsked on 2/15/2018

cost of replacing 1000 sq ft carpet & pad moving furniture

need decent quality nylon carpet with pad. Present carpet on cement base with no pad. Town house at retirement center which renter would pay for replacement with permission. Furniture would need to be moved.

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Generally about $3-5/SF but can run as low s $2/SF with cheap carpet, and as high as 6-10/SF for high-end carpet. This includes removal of old pad and carpet, very minor surface touchup to remove any distinct sharp points sticking up or minor dings in the floor itself (using levelling compound), and putting new carpet and pad down.

Additional $0.15-0.25/SF commonly for a vapor barrier also, if there is any chance the concrete could get wet from below (basement or slab-on-grade situation).

Be sure the bids indicate the layers going down, and include moving furniture as needed to put carpet down AND putting it back afterwards. Above about $3-4 range of costs should also cover moving normal type furniture like tables and chairs and open metal frame beds - would NOT include unloading bookcases or curio cases or highboys or such to move them, nor moving any built-in bookcases or such, nor heavy full-frame hgiboys, dressers, or wood beds too heavy for two men to reasonable pick up and shuffle with. Dressers which the drawers can be pulled out of before moving should be OK.

This also presume room to move things aside for the work - that the doors or halls are not so restricted that parking most of the furniture in the hall is not feasible. If there are massive items or large heavy bed needing disassembly or such, sometimes a Moving company is brought in to disassemble/move those items to one room (commonly one with little furniture which they can pre-strip the old carpeting from first and do any subfloor repair) for temporary storage, then moved back after all other rooms are complete, then that one room is finished off.

On the vapor barrier - there are vapor-barrier pads (look a lot like small bubble bubble wrap) which act as both. Putting carpet on a slab with earth under it is iffy at best - an open-weave inorganic carpet is commonly OK as long as the concrete does not get damp enough top turn dark colored, but a tight-woven backed carpet, organic materials in the carpet, or a normal padding can commonly inhibit evaporation and airflow enough to cause a problem. That may be why there is no carpet padding now, so something to address. Personally, for normal house with zero history of damp concrete or mildewy carpet on concrete, I like the bubble-warp type padding - though the bubbles do sometimes pop under high heel loads on the carpet, so not good for party or public assembly areas.

Since this appears to be a situation of one person arranging, another paying for it, be sure to get the details fo the work in writing in the contract with firm price and exact product name and model and color in writing - best to retain the sample piece too until the carpet shows up for installation, for direct comparison to be sure what came is what was ordered, to avoid any possible bait-and-switch situation. I have seen carpet dealers sell a high-end Berkshire or Mannington and end up trying to deliver and install a Home Depot discontinued product which only marginally matches the color and is of far inferior quality.

BTW - regarding box store carpet installation - I recommend against it. Go directly to a reputable carpet sales/installer with good ratings and reviews in Search the List.

Answered 2 years ago by LCD

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