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Re-carpeting stairs can be a big job. It may be surprising, but even pulling up carpets can be dangerous if you do not take the correct precautions. Fitting carpet meanwhile can easily go wrong if you do not have the training. Luckily, finding a high quality carpet fitter with competitive prices is simple through Plentific. The Plentific website can quickly generate a bespoke list of the best tradesmen in your local area that have the skills to suit your project. Comparing them is easy too, as each will have a Plentific profile displaying their qualifications, experience and customer reviews. You can also become eligible for the Plentific Guarantee by hiring a ‘verified’ Pro. The Plentific Guarantee can cover your entire project from start to finish and ensure a high quality end result. Whatever your job may be, Plentific is here to help you get it done.

What do you need to know about re-carpeting stairs

When the time comes to re-carpet your stairs, the first thing to think about is what kind of carpet you will replace your current one with. There is so much variety that you can get almost anything in terms of colour, styles, patterns and makes. The same goes for laying the carpet itself. For example, many people fit a thinner carpet on their stairs so that wood appears on either side. Take a look online for inspiration and take your time if you can, but remember that carpets on stairs get a lot of foot traffic and will wear out relatively quickly, so try not to break the bank. 

Removing your carpet is a job that you can consider doing yourself if you want to save some money and know a bit of DIY. However, it is not a simple job, and requires a lot of manual labour. You will need safety gloves, a Stanley knife and a pair of pliers. Using your pliers, pull the carpet at the top of the stairs up from the corner. Start pulling it off corner to corner on each step. You will notice all of the staples in the carpet; this is why you need safety gloves! Be careful, or you could end up seriously cutting yourself. After removing the carpet, remove the tacks, staples, strips and padding underneath. This job requires a certain level of strength, so don’t over exert yourself. If you are finding things difficult, get a professional in.

Actually laying your carpet is not something you can do as a DIY project; not unless you have the training. A poorly laid loose carpet can be dangerous enough on its own, but on a staircase it could lead to someone seriously injuring themselves. Before buying your carpet, measure the length, width and height of each of your stairs. You can use these measurements to determine how much carpet to buy. Go on the recommendation of the salesman or tradesman you buy your carpet from, making sure that you include a few inches extra, just in case.

How much does re-carpeting stairs cost?

The cost of re-carpeting your stairs will depend on a few factors. Typically, carpeting jobs are charged based on the area of the room in square meters. This is why taking concise measurements is so important: doing this will allow you to get much more approximate quotes from tradesmen. However, you can save money on this by removing the existing carpet yourself and disposing of waste materials afterwards. It really comes down to how much you are willing to do yourself. The price of re-carpeting your stairs overall, assuming that you are doing nothing yourself, should be around £550, though this will also depend on where you like in the UK.

Hiring tradesmen to re-carpet stairs

As I mentioned before, poorly fitted carpets can be a huge hazard. Do not think about carpeting your stairs yourself as a DIY project unless you have the experience and training. A professional carpet fitter or flooring specialist will usually have passed an apprenticeship or equivalent course, and will be able to do the work for you quickly, efficiently and accurate. It is important that you check the qualifications and experience of your potential hires before you choose who to bring in for the job. How long have they been working for? Have they completed any jobs similar to yours in the past? Customer reviews are important too, as they will give you a good idea of a candidate’s professionalism and quality of work. The best carpet fitters will usually belong to national organisations, such as the National Institute of Carpet and Floorlayers (NICF). These groups have high entry standards, and members are constantly scrutinised to ensure that they deliver the appropriate levels of quality and professionalism. Remember, any tradesmen that you bring into your property should have Public Liability Insurance, as well as a guarantee for in case you are unsatisfied with their work.

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