How to Save Money on New Flooring

Saving $800.

Today, we completed the carpet installation for a Temple Terrace homeowner.  He saved about $75.  Last week, we informed one of our Carrollwood customers of how to save about $800.  You can save money, too!

The Ingredients of a Total Price

A typical flooring bid includes our profit, our labor, and your new flooring product (e.g., carpet, hardwood, luxury vinyl, porcelain, etc.).  The labor components ordinarily include

  • the furniture handling,
  • the removal of the old flooring,
  • the disposal of the old flooring,
  • the installation of the new flooring, and
  • the installation of trim pieces, moldings, and transitions.

Skilled and Unskilled Labor

The most technical parts of your work is the installation of new flooring and accessories.  The labor which is generally classify as “unskilled” is the furniture handling, the removal of the old flooring, and the disposal of the old flooring.  Your investment of sweat equity can eliminate these tasks from our proposal.

How They Saved Money

The previously mentioned Temple Terrace homeowner saved money by removing all furniture in two rooms and by removing and disposing of his old carpet and cushion.  Mr. Homeowner had access to the help of a strong adult son to created quick savings.  The aforementioned Carrollwood homeowner decided to save a whopping $800 by removing her furniture from one very large room and by removing and discarding her old, direct-glued hardwood.  Ms. Homeowner undertook the arduous, backbreaking demo at a rate of about 10 square feet at a time.  Her disadvantage was that she did not own the ideal tools, but her determination augmented her shortcoming.

Ms. Homeowner in Carrollwood Sent a Photograph of Her Progress at Removing Direct-glued Hardwood

Ms. Homeowner in Carrollwood Sent a Photograph of Her Progress at Removing Direct-glued Hardwood

Commercial Employees and Residential Children

If you're willing to rolling up your sleeves to save money, ask us for specific instructions for your project.  Commercial clients may naturally prefer that their own employees handling their furniture and equipment.  Parents might account hands-on participation by their children as a dual bonus of savings and of instilling the gratitude which uniquely springs from involvement.  In most cases, if you want to remove your old flooring, the goal will be to present your bare concrete slab or bare wood substrate as free of all furnishing and broom-swept or vacuumed.

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