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How Much Does It Cost To Install Carpet?

Typical range: $1,300-$1,811

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For your project in zip code 20149 with these options, the cost to install carpet starts at $4.33-$6.04 per square foot. Your actual price will depend on job size, conditions, finish options you choose.

If you enjoy having a soft feeling underfoot, carpet is the most viable option for your home. This flooring comes in a wide range of styles, colors, and price points. Whether you're planning to install carpet in the bedroom or use it for your whole house, it's important to understand the costs associated with this type of floor. Read on to learn more about carpet so you can decide if it's right for you.

Carpet Installation

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What you can expect
Range per square foot:$4.33$6.04
Range for this type of project:$1,300$1,811
Estimate: $1,556
Carpet Installation Cost
321
square feet
$692$910
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Cost of indoor olefin carpet, including sufficient material for perfect coverage and repairs later on. You'll get a residential-grade finish, with a face weight of 75 oz of polyester per square yard. Includes free delivery, plus a 10-Year Abrasion Resistance warranty and a 20-Year Stain Resistance guarantee.
Basic Labor for Carpet Installation
6
hours
$413$671
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Labor costs for the full project, given favorable site conditions. This will start with a full assessment of the space. From there, the costs runs the gamut from planning the layout, to preparing and cleaning the surface, to the multi-step installation. A tack strip will be installed around the perimeter, followed by padding, and then your custom-measured carpet will be securely fastened.
Job Supplies for Carpet Installation
321
square feet
$166$189
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All of the supplies and materials necessary for a top-notch installation. These include underlayment and secure fasteners for an effective and lasting base, indoor-safe adhesives that are free from harmful additives, and professional-grade sealants to ensure a long-lasting finish on your new carpet.
Equipment Allowance for Carpet Installation
1
job
$29$41
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An additional fee that covers our overhead costs for the heavy equipment we use to cut, measure, and install your carpet with perfect edges, flat lay, and invisible seams.
Removal of Carpet Installation Waste
300
square feet
$116$134
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Additional fee for safe, expeditious disposal of old materials, installation waste, and all associated debris.
Optional Services
Removal of Carpet (Optional)
9
hours
$149$943
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Still have old carpet in your space? We'll remove it safely and quickly, including all adhesives, tack strips, and padding. We'll break down the materials to make them easier to dispose of safely.
Standard services
Carpet Installation Cost
$692 -$910
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321
square feet
Cost of indoor olefin carpet, including sufficient material for perfect coverage and repairs later on. You'll get a residential-grade finish, with a face weight of 75 oz of polyester per square yard. Includes free delivery, plus a 10-Year Abrasion Resistance warranty and a 20-Year Stain Resistance guarantee.
Basic Labor for Carpet Installation
$413 -$671
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6
hours
Labor costs for the full project, given favorable site conditions. This will start with a full assessment of the space. From there, the costs runs the gamut from planning the layout, to preparing and cleaning the surface, to the multi-step installation. A tack strip will be installed around the perimeter, followed by padding, and then your custom-measured carpet will be securely fastened.
Job Supplies for Carpet Installation
$166 -$189
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321
square feet
All of the supplies and materials necessary for a top-notch installation. These include underlayment and secure fasteners for an effective and lasting base, indoor-safe adhesives that are free from harmful additives, and professional-grade sealants to ensure a long-lasting finish on your new carpet.
Equipment Allowance for Carpet Installation
$29 -$41
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1
job
An additional fee that covers our overhead costs for the heavy equipment we use to cut, measure, and install your carpet with perfect edges, flat lay, and invisible seams.
Removal of Carpet Installation Waste
$116 -$134
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300
square feet
Additional fee for safe, expeditious disposal of old materials, installation waste, and all associated debris.
Optional Services
Removal of Carpet (Optional)
$149 -$943
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9
hours
Still have old carpet in your space? We'll remove it safely and quickly, including all adhesives, tack strips, and padding. We'll break down the materials to make them easier to dispose of safely.
What you can expect
Range per square foot:
$4 - $6
Range for this type of project:
$1,300 - $1,811
Estimate:
$1,556
Cost Comparison
YOUR ESTIMATE
$1,556

NATIONAL AVERAGE RANGE
$1,279 -$1,782
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Install carpet: national average cost

The national average materials cost to install carpet is $2.46 per square foot, with a range between $2.12 to $2.79. The total price for labor and materials per square foot is $5.10, coming in between $4.26 to $5.94. A typical 300 square foot project costs $1,530.59, with a range of $1,279.13 to $1,782.05. Your actual price will depend on your location, job size, conditions and finish options you choose.
cost to install carpet
National Avg. Materials Cost per square foot$2.46
National Avg. Cost (labor and materials) for 300 square foot$1,530.59
National Cost Range (labor and materials) for 300 square foot$1,279.13 - $1,782.05

How much does carpet installation cost?

While every home is different, the average square footage of a home in the United States is approximately 2,301 square feet. At an average carpet installation cost of $5.10 per square foot, it would cost $11,735.10 to install a brand-new carpet in an average-sized home. The average size of an apartment in the U.S. is approximately 882 square feet, so prepare to pay roughly $4,498.20 for new carpet if you live in an apartment, condo, or townhome. For a mobile home, the average square footage is 1,184 square feet, which means you’d pay around $6,038.40 for new carpet based on the average cost of $5.10 per square foot.

Carpet installation cost factors

Several factors determine the labor cost of installing carpet in your home. Much depends on the quality of the carpet you choose, where you live, and the total square footage you have. Labor costs vary by location and company, and carpet material costs also vary based on the brand, the quality, and current retail prices. Keep these cost factors in mind when you’re looking for estimates. Don’t forget to look at a carpet installation cost calculator to help you estimate the price. 

Room size

The most significant factor that will determine any carpet installation prices is the total size of the area you’re covering. The square footage you need to cover, the higher your overall material and labor costs will be. If you’re on a strict budget, consider installing new carpet one room at a time.

Labor cost 

Labor costs to install carpet varies depending on what you need. For example, any damaged subfloors will need to be replaced before you can lay carpet and padding. Smooth, level subfloors ensure that the new carpet is installed correctly. Carpet installation costs per square foot vary. The average labor cost to install carpet is $2.64 per square foot. This means that it costs $2.64 per square foot for labor alone. Keep in mind that two-story homes may have a higher carpet cost per square foot since it’ll take the installer more time to cover both floors.

Carpeting installation cost by padding types

Installing padding under your carpet is recommended to help with comfort and noise absorption. There are several types of carpet padding materials available, and each has its own cost, pros, and cons. Here are some of the most common carpet padding types so you can determine which option is right for you.

Carpet installation cost by style

You’ll find a wide range of carpet styles to choose from depending on your lifestyle and interior design goals. Carpeting varies based on the general appearance or design, its durability, how thick it is, and how it feels to the touch. Carpet styles are based on how the fibers are cut, and how well the flooring can handle the rigors of everyday foot traffic in your home. Use a carpet cost estimator after you’ve chosen your carpet to see an approximate price.

Carpet installation cost by material

When you shop for new carpet, choose a style based on how soft it feels, the overall look, how durable it is, and how easy it is to keep clean. The material of your carpet is a major factor in the total cost per square foot, so keep that in mind when you’re looking for new carpeting for your home.

Carpet vs hardwood

Many people prefer hardwood over carpet due to its beautiful, natural aesthetic. To carpet a house, cost tends to be less than hardwood, but carpet also doesn’t last as long. If the carpet gets stained or severely damaged, you may need to replace an entire room’s worth, while hardwood boards can be sanded and refinished. You’ll get more color options with carpet than you will with hardwood. If color is important to you, carpet might be a better choice. Carpet tends to be quieter when walked on — keep this in mind if you live in a two-story home.

DIY carpet installation vs. hiring a professional

How much you spend to install carpet yourself varies greatly from how much you’ll spend if you hire a professional. If you decide to install the new carpet yourself, you’ll be able to do it at your own pace and on a budget since you’ll save on labor. However, DIY carpet installation is slightly tricky, and special skills and tools are required if you want to do the job right. Tools like a knee-kicker, carpet stretcher, and seam roller are required and might take time to master if you’ve never used them before. You’ll also need to rent or buy these tools to perform the installation yourself. You might lose the warranty on your carpet if you install it yourself, so read the fine print just to be sure. 

Hiring a professional to install your carpet ensures that all of the seams will be pushed together nicely and all edges are installed securely. Professional installers typically offer a warranty on their labor in case something goes wrong. When you choose to hire a professional, it’ll cost you more since you’ll need to pay for labor — however, using a pro often gives you peace of mind that your brand-new carpet is installed properly.

 

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