Are you thinking of replacing the carpet in your Michigan house? New carpet can make a big difference in giving your home a fresh look and feel, especially if your existing carpet has been subject to pets, kids, or high foot traffic – or maybe the color is dated or it has just seen better days.
At Mitten Made Properties, we’ve bought and sold a lot of homes in Metro Detroit… which also means that we’ve replaced a LOT of carpet!
Replacing carpet yourself is possible, so we’ve put together a list of tips to get you started!
Rent the Right Tools
Don’t make the mistake of thinking you can install a carpet with a pocketknife and some tweezers. Get the right tools for the job and rent a seam iron, power stretcher, and knee kicker. It will be well worth it in the finished product – AND make the job much easier for you!
Properly stretching the carpet is the most important part of carpet installation, so you don’t want to get this wrong. It ensures you won’t end up with ripples or bumps, which are both unsightly and can be a tripping hazard. Stretching also helps your carpet wear more evenly, meaning it will look better longer and not need to be replaced as quickly. To learn the right technique, watch YouTube videos or ask an experienced friend to learn how to do it correctly.
Add 5% to 10%
Since you’ll be cutting the carpet to match the size of the room, you’ll want to consider waste when buying carpet. Add 5% carpet size for non-patterned carpets and 10% for patterned carpets. It will cost a smidgen more, but in the end it will save you from needing to re-buy a large piece if you are a tiny bit short.
Carpet Pile Direction
This is a mistake that even professional installers make: incorrectly matching the carpet pile direction between pieces of carpet. You can see the carpet pile direction most easily in strong light. Make sure each piece lines up with the adjacent piece.
Hope that helps!
As with any DIY project, don’t be afraid to hire a professional if it seems overwhelming!
Or if you want to sell your Southeast Michigan home completely as-is – grungy carpet and all – give Mitten Made Properties a call at (248) 883-3340. We can make you a fair cash offer and close in as little as two weeks, with no repairs or updates needed!