Removing your carpet can be a difficult job if it is old or damaged. However, if you want to put in new flooring, it must be done.
You can choose the DIY route if you like, but if not, a contractor can also do it. Finding out how much it will cost can help you decide which is the best way for you.
Removing Carpet: Basic Idea
Removing carpet is relatively simple, but it can be physically difficult.
There are several steps involved and each will have its own cost. These steps are:
- Labor cost
- Potential Repairs
Why Remove Your Carpet?
Many times, people want to remove their carpet so they can put in new floors.
While carpeting is always more or less in style, it comes and goes in popularity. It can also get very dirty if it is old and has a tendency to hold in bacteria and grime.
If you have recently experienced a flood or your carpet has gotten wet, it may need to be replaced.
A contractor will generally charge around $1.26 per square foot in labor for a carpet removal. This is going to be your biggest expense in your project, by far.
The reason this is the most expensive part of the process is that carpet removal is labor intensive.
This can take several hours and is usually very tough on the laborers’ backs and knees.
To offset this difficulty, contractors will charge the most for this step.
Materials for a carpet removal job are going to be around $0.41 per square foot.
The materials needed for carpet removal are generally things that laborers need for the job.
They may also need tools in order to properly pull up the carpet. These tool costs are always built into the final cost of a contractor’s job.
Waste and Haul-Away
After your carpet is pulled from the home, it will need to be hauled away. Generally, contractors have deals with waste management companies for large hauling jobs like this.
A hauling job for a 300 square foot room will be about $85-$100 depending on the contractor.
This is a much better option than just throwing the old carpet in your own trash.
Some removal companies will not take cans that are overfilled. If this is the case with yours, you could end up with a lot of old carpet on your hands.
If your subfloor is damaged, you will need to have repairs done on it. These repairs must be done before the new flooring is put in.
Depending on the severity of the damage, the price will go up or down.
The only way to know for sure is to have a contractor come look at your floor.
They will be able to give you an accurate quote based on your needs.
If you want to save money on your carpet removal, you could do it yourself.
Removing carpet is not very complicated. All you need is a utility knife to cut it and the time to pull it up.
You will also have to pull up the carpet padding underneath to get to the wood subfloor.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Can I put carpet in my recycle bin?
Carpet is made up of many different materials. Because of this, it is usually not recyclable and shouldn’t be put in your bin.
If you have a large amount of carpet, have a hauling service take it away.
- What is the fastest way to remove carpet tack strips?
Carpet tack strips can be removed quickly using a snow shovel. Simply push the snow shovel across the subfloor and get underneath the tacks to remove them.
Be careful when using this technique to not gouge the wooden subfloor with the shovel.
- How do you remove old glued down carpet?
Pull up the carpet as best as you can by hand and there will be glue left on the subfloor. Use a scraper to pry up the dried glue that won’t come up with the old carpet.
If it is especially stuck, you can use boiling water to soften it up and remove it.
Removing old carpet is one of the least expensive jobs you can have a contractor do. If you want to save money, have the same person remove the old carpet and put in the new floor.
If you decide to do it yourself, be careful to not damage the subfloor and you should be just fine.