How much does it cost to install carpet?

November 28, 2017

Carpet installation costs in Canada

New carpet can be a cost-effective and attractive flooring option for any home. The cost for installing carpet can vary depending on a number of factors. Read on to find out more about carpet installation costs in this Smart Tip.

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How much does it cost to install carpet?

Cost factors for installing carpet

  • The cost of installing carpet in Canada can range from $250 to $5,625, with the median cost coming in at $1,978.
  • With an endless number of styles, colours and qualities to choose from, the biggest factor in the overall cost of carpet installation is the carpet itself. The higher the quality of carpet or more unique the pattern, the more money you will spend. Homeowners should choose carpet style carefully and try to balance their vision with their budget.
  • The cost of labour to install carpet is relatively small in comparison to the cost of the carpet. Installation fees will vary depending on the size of the room and the complexity of the layout. An oddly shaped room (or one that isn’t a square or rectangle) will require special cuts, resulting in a higher installation fee.
  • Most carpet installation quotes are for bare subfloor with no material on top. If you have old carpet, tile or any other flooring currently in the room, it will have to be removed and the subfloor cleaned up before installation can occur. Most carpet installers in Canada will charge an extra fee for the removal and disposal of your old flooring.
  • Baseboards are used to make a clean transition between the wall and flooring. Since they are set so closely to the floor, baseboards most likely need to be removed to properly install the new carpet, resulting in an extra cost. Many Canadian homeowners opt to repaint or completely replace baseboards during installation, which would also result in an upcharge.
  • If you are currently living in the space where you are installing new carpet, chances are you have furniture in the room. To cut down on additional costs, you can choose to move the furniture yourself before the installers arrive. Otherwise, you will most likely be charged a fee for the installers to move it.
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