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Hiring a carpet fitter
When it’s time to update the flooring in one of your rooms, it is important to get the right professional in for the job. Plentific has a database of tradesmen from around the UK, and can generate a bespoke list for you of the best carpet fitters in your local area. Each of your local options will also have a Plentific profile where you can view their past projects, qualifications and customer reviews. Each and every job booked via Plentific will also be covered by the Plentific Guarantee. With over 75,000 registered tradesmen from across the UK, Plentific is ready to help you find the perfect carpet fitter for your job.
What do you need to know about hiring a carpet fitter?
Before hiring a carpet fitter, it pays to have a good idea of the job at hand. Measure the room yourself and think about what floor coverings you want, not just based on preference but also on price. Let your choices inspect the property themselves to help them give you an accurate quote, and do not be afraid to ask for their input, as they may be able to help you choose colours and materials, maybe even saving you money in the process.
If you have been working with other tradespeople or an architect, it is likely that they will have a carpet fitter that they have worked with in the past to recommend to you. Even so, be sure to check the experience and qualifications of your choices. A carpet fitter may have undergone an apprenticeship or college course, or might have a recognised qualification from the Flooring Industry Trading Association (FITA) or UK Flooring Academy (UKFA). Be sure to ask if they have a Construction Skills Certification Scheme card (CSCS), as this will prove they have passed a CITB Health, Safety and Environment Test, and will also vouch for their competency. You should also check their websites for reviews from previous customers. See if they are professional and comfortable to work with to help you be sure about your choice.
After discussing the job a carpet fitter should be able to offer you a flat or hourly rate. Getting a quote should be free of charge, and do not be afraid to wait and consider your options. They may charge extra if they need to remove furniture from the room they are working in, though most will be willing to dispose of your old flooring free of charge. Be sure that they are insured for the work they do. Certain jobs may require the use of dangerous adhesives and chemicals. Also be sure that they have guarantees in the case of accidental damage. Be aware of their policy if you are dissatisfied with their finished work.
An experienced professional should be able to provide all of this information.
What does a carpet fitter do?
A carpet fitter is a tradesperson who installs floor coverings, including carpeting, sheet, vinyl tiles, laminate and solid timber floors. Their job involves measuring spaces and cleaning a work area of furniture, estimating the amount of materials needed for a job, taking off doors, removing old flooring, adding protecting coating to floors, replacing furniture and trimming or re-hanging doors.
How much does it cost to hire a carpet fitter?
The cost really depends on the size of the job and the flooring required. Carpeting a small room may cost around £300, while installing laminated floor in a small kitchen would cost around £220. Installing oak solid flooring in a similarly sized room could set you back over £600. If you are unsure of the cost, ask for their advice, as they may be able to recommend cheaper materials to you. There are also other ways to save money, such as removing furniture from the room yourself. Ask your choices to break down their costs in terms of labour and materials, as this will make comparing easier.