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Congratulations! You’ve finally decided on beautiful, décor-altering new carpeting, luxury vinyl or hardwood flooring for your home. Now it’s time to prepare for your installation. Before the installation date, there are a few things to keep in mind and a few things you can do to help make your installation go as smoothly and efficiently as possible. Remember, installers are professional craftsman and it benefits their work by having the area prepped prior to their arrival. To make things easier on you, your household and the installers, we’ve put together a checklist of things you can do to get ready for your hardwood, carpet or other flooring installation.


Preparing the Room

First and foremost, furniture and breakables need to be removed from the room where the flooring installation will take place. Professionals from Hopkins Carpet One can do this for you, but we must be informed in advance and can even include this in your overall installation estimate. We will work with you and decide who will be removing the furniture, appliances and sub floor and let you know of the itemized pricing either way.

Remove all valuables including any wall hangings, drapes and more. Any hammering, etc could cause hanging art to fall, possibly breaking during installation. So, it’s best to remove these items to be safe.


If the new flooring will be installed in a bedroom, all bed linens must be removed. Also, any hanging clothes in closets must be out and stored away for the installation. If the installation will take place in the kitchen, laundry room or other room containing appliances, arrange for the disconnection of gas appliances and electronics.


Preparing the Floor

Clean all floors properly prior to laying new floors. Also, determine if any change to the height of the floor requires adjustments to doors in order for them to open and close properly. If height adjustments or wall base installations must be made, be sure these are taken care of in advance. Wall bases should be about 3/8” off the floor.


If you will be removing the old carpeting yourself, pull up the nails and staples as well. Installing carpet or flooring in a new build? Dry wall, doors and wall bases should all be installed and prepared.


When it comes to preparing your home for carpet or hard surface flooring, the preparation is mostly the same. However with hard surface flooring, you may not need to remove all furniture and appliances for the room. Carpeting must be installed and stretched all at once. However, hardwood and luxury vinyl etc. can be installed piece by piece. Check with us first and we can let you know what furniture removal is required for your specific installation.

And remember, if you are unable to remove furniture yourself and would rather have the professionals take care of it, professional furniture removal is always an option. We can provide itemized pricing, including the removal of furniture, at your in-home consultation. From there, you can decide if this is something you’d rather leave to the pros at Hopkins Carpet One.


So whether you’re having carpet, laminate, tile, vinyl or hardwood flooring installed, follow these tips for a thorough, comprehensive preparation. Then, allow the experts at Hopkins Carpet One to take of the rest, installing your beautiful new floor. The final step is to enjoy your new, quality flooring for years to come.


If you have any questions about preparing for your carpet or flooring installation, call the experts at Hopkins Carpet One at 952-933-6422 or Contact Us Here.


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