Well, at Pearl Properties, we’ve bought and sold a lot of homes in South Carolina… which also means that we’ve replaced a LOT of carpet…
So we thought we’d take a minute to give you some tips.
Here’s what we got!
Rent Tools — Don’t make the mistake of thinking you can install a carpet with a pocket knife and some tweezers. Get the right tools for the job and rent a seam iron, power stretcher, and knee kicker.
Carpet Stretcher — Properly stretching the carpet is the most important part of carpet installation, so you don’t want to get this wrong. Watch YouTube videos and 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.
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!
Don’t be afraid to hire a professional if it seems overwhelming.
Or if you want to skip the repair and sell your home as-is, give us a call at (803) 948-9200 and we can make you a fair cash offer and close in as little as two weeks!