Get all details in writing before the work begins. Examples:
Prior to installation, make a list of all existing damage to walls, base boards, etc in the rooms where carpet will be installed. Have the installer inspect and initial this list. Take pictures of the wall area before the job begins.This will prevent any doubt about whether or not damage was caused by your installer. Also:
Additional considerations about the carpet laying process:
Carpet installation is charged at approximately $4 to $7 per square yard for most residential carpet. Geographically, this charge can be quite a bit higher in major metro markets such as Los Angeles, Chicago, DC and New York City. Local pay scales, economy, demand, and labor unions are the major cause of this higher pricing. It does not mean you will get better service, it is just the price you pay for living in the city you chose. Also, installers will generally have a minimum fee that will be charged if the job is too small. A minimum charge in the $75 to $100 range is standard.Carpet layers may also charge extra for the following:
You may be able to save about $1.00 per yard by hiring your own installer instead of using your local carpet retailer's installer. You can verify this by calling some stores and asking them what they charge for installation. If they won't tell you what the installation charges are or if they claim "it's included", ask how much you can buy the carpet for if you install it yourself. Remember, nothing is free and nothing is really included without a cost figured in somewhere.
Carpet installers hired by you are solely responsible for their work. A good independent carpet installer will provide you with a fair price, written warranties and verifiable references that you need for a comfort zone as well as recourse should something go awry. You will not have any recourse with the any carpet installer, whether associated with the carpet retailer or an independent installer, if the warranties are not in writing.
Also, the actual carpet warranties are dependent on proper installation to some degree, so that it is wise to verify with the carpet manufacturer's policies and warranties how the carpet installation affects your rights. (Note: insist on seeing the manufacturer's WHOLE warranty BEFORE you purchase any carpet.) If possible, get a list of customers who have bought the same type of carpet and a list of customers who have dealt with the carpet retailer for at least 5 years.
If installation is not done properly, chances are you won't notice right away. Most poor or bad installations aren't visible until several months or even years after installation. It is better to take every precaution and verification step BEFORE a problem occurs so that if and when it does you will know what steps to take to exercise your consumer rights.
Patterned carpet is more difficult to install than solid color carpet because the patterns as well as the naps have to be lined up. The same applies to most multi-color and sculptured carpets. From here we shall refer to all patterned carpet, multi-color carpet and sculptured carpet as "patterned carpet". In patterned carpets, patterns may not be exactly the same size (may be off several inches over a large room area). This creates the need for the installer to stretch one side of the carpet in order to match the pattern at the seam. Although this is normal on patterned carpet installation, it further substantiates the need to hire an installer educated and experienced in various installations.
Some installers have taken higher education courses in the field of carpet installation such as the CFI certification program. This certification can be obtained by a company which provides installation services with one installer and not the other field installers. This is dependent on whether the installer company or the individual installer has completed the courses. Ask to see the certification proof of each installer on your job. Write down the certification number for your records. Also make note of the actual time of arrival, total time working, time of completion, any call back work dates/times and the names of every installer on the job. We recommend that the installer is CFI certified with at least an R2 or C2 rating.
Our research on this subject is as follows:
All existing studies prove that VOC's are never emitted at an ?unsafe? level. The Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI), in response to these complaints, began placing a green label (seen below) on carpets that pass its test for safe VOC emission levels. Allergic reactions arise from dust mites, dirt and mildew that can build up in carpet due to a lack of cleaning, not from the carpet itself. However, VOC's can also be emitted by an adhesive called "seam sealer." Ask your installer to use a seam sealer with the same CRI green label.
Some information above was obtained from members of Certified Flooring Installers. Always look for this symbol as a sign of trusted intallers.
you insist on doing the installation yourself, read this page first: