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How Much Does Carpet Removal Cost?

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How Much Does Carpet Removal Cost?

Removing old or worn carpet from your home is a labor-intensive task that is essential to prepare for a flooring installation or restoration. An experienced contractor can remove and dispose of your old carpet in record time and with minimal disruption to your home, getting you on track for your flooring replacement.

Average Prices

Size of Carpeted Area

Techniques for carpet removal may vary with types of carpet, installation methods, and subfloor materials, but the overall amount of carpet in your project plays an important part in determining the time, manpower, and equipment needed for the job. Whether your contractor prices the removal according to square footage or by estimated time, the amount of carpet to handle will influence the cost of the job. Nationally, rates for removing 100 sq. ft. or less of carpet average $140, and $318 to remove material from a typical room of 100-500 sq. ft. Though the scope of the project may be daunting, it can be cost effective to remove all your home’s carpeting at one time if you intend to replace flooring throughout the house. You can expect to pay around $282 to remove 500-1000 sq. ft. of material, $409 for 1000-1500 sq. ft., $523 for 1500-2000 sq. ft., $597 for 2000-2500 sq. ft., $618 for 2500-3000 sq. ft., and $688 to remove more than 3000 sq. ft. of carpet.


Removing Carpet From a Single Level of Your Home

Carpet removal projects that are limited to one floor of your home are often completed simply, since workers are not inconvenienced by hauling waste material throughout your house for disposal. Accessibility to the work site will influence the time needed for the job, but removing carpet from a single level typically costs between $142 and $318.


Removing Carpet from Multiple Levels of Your Home

Removing carpet from rooms on different levels of your home may lengthen the timeframe of the job or complicate disposal with workers navigating through different areas to remove waste material. Carpet removal may cost between $178 and $462 if the project involves several levels, with rates averaging $372 for locations with stairs and $314 when an elevator is available.


Handling Furniture for Carpet Removal

Contractors can work most efficiently when furnishings and other obstacles are moved prior to your carpet removal project, but many offer furniture moving services to simplify the process for you. If you are unable to prepare the site before work begins, the added service may bring project costs between $198 and $317. If possible, discuss the service with your contractor prior to your scheduled project in order to avoid surprise expenses if adequate time was not planned for workers to move your furniture.


Disposing of Carpet Materials

Depending on your location, special consideration should be given to the disposal of carpet, padding, and other materials removed from your home. If you are able to dispose of waste after removal, your project may cost about $270, the average for removal with carpeting dumped on site. If you need you contractor to haul materials away upon completion of the job, you may pay $294 for your removal project.


Preparing for Your Carpet Removal Project

Carpet removal can be a disruptive process, but is a rewarding step in preparing your to replace or refinish your home’s flooring. When planning and budgeting for the project, consider the amount and location of carpet to be removed, and determine how you will handle preparations and disposal. Your contractor can help you plan for carpet removal that will be as efficient, clean, and minimally disruptive as possible so you can be ready for the next phase of your flooring remodel.

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