Many people are trying to save money these days by taking on a lot of jobs themselves that they may previously have contracted out. They may fancy themselves as very dexterous and have tackled some DIY jobs before. Now, they are faced with having to change the type of floor covering at home and believe that they will lay out some carpet themselves. Is this really a good idea, however?
The Big Question
You may have considered whether to lay down hardwood flooring or tiles and have come to the conclusion that carpets would be a whole lot easier. After all, you don't have to worry about cutting and then laying tiny pieces of different shape, in order to come up with a perfect wood or tile finish. Surely, it's going to be a whole lot easier as it just needs to be cut?
In reality, carpet installation is a whole lot trickier than even wood or tile and many people find out the hard way, after they've started and then failed to complete the task correctly.
You can take measurements by all means, but are you sure you're going to be correctly ordering the right size of carpet in the beginning? Is the room in question perfectly square or rectangular? It's very unlikely that it is, as in truth the vast majority are simply not. There will almost always be some difference in width when comparing one wall to the other, and this needs to be carefully considered in your calculations.
Have You Thought of This?
Next, you are probably going to find it quite difficult to transport the carpet from the showroom to your home. In fact, you may have to get a specific delivery vehicle just to do so, as the carpet rolls are quite unwieldy. When you get the carpet in through your door, how are you going to roll it out and cut it carefully so that it fits the exact shape and size that you need?
Precision and Tools
You are probably going to have to lay out a number of different pieces, which need to match each other closely and then you're going to have to make sure that the seams do not show. This is probably one of the most difficult tasks and requires a number of specialised tools. Do you want to have to buy or rent those, as they are going to add to the cost of your job?
Don't Underestimate the Physical Work
If you do feel that you can take this job on, do you have anybody else to help you? You're likely to find it very difficult to get this job done by yourself, and its going to be very hard on your back and your knees as you struggle with it.
The Better Option
It's best not to risk spoiling a job as important as this, and you don't want to have to use furniture to hide some of the mistakes that you've made. Surely, it's better to get a professional carpet installation team in to do it right and give you peace of mind.