Carpet Pre-Installation Checklist


What to Expect and How to Prepare

A proper, professional installation is crucial to the life and performance of your carpet. Because of this, it is important to know what to expect during your carpet installation.

Burgess Flooring Center will typically take care of the basics. We will send out an estimator with significant experience to measure your rooms and determine how to minimize waste to maximize your carpet. We will also assign a professional installer who is familiar with your carpet and has the necessary experience to install it in your home.  It is important to speak with your Burgess associate prior to the installation to determine exactly what we will be responsible for and to set a schedule for the work. The installation team will need to use your electricity to power their tools as well as an area to work.

The installers will move your furniture as part of their installation; however, you will still need to move your small items like lamps, televisions or any other breakables before the installer arrives. We also ask you remove the bottom layer of hanging clothes in all closets and remove bed linens. If you have any larger items, oversized furniture or appliances you may need to arrange to have this moved by a third party, but check with your Burgess associate first, they can tell you just what to expect. Your overall goal is to move any items that could get broken while making your installer’s job as easy as possible. This will speed up the installation process.

Once the work begins, your installer will be responsible for removing and disposing of your old carpet. They will remove any molding or trim in the room and prep the subfloor for installation (if necessary).  Molding and trim can be fragile and despite their best efforts, your installation team may break a few pieces. If this happens, it is typically your responsibility to replace them.  At some point, your installer may need to remove your doors to complete the installation. If the new carpet is thicker, your doors will have to be trimmed before they can be reinstalled. Some carpet installers do not perform carpentry work so it will be your responsibility to either trim them yourself or hire a professional to reinstall them. 
Another item to remember; when carpet is installed on a second floor, please make sure all lighting attached to the ceiling of the bottom floor is firmly attached or removed. It is possible the vibration of the installation could cause the globes to become dislodged and fall.
With a little pre-planning and preparation, your carpet installation should be a stress-free and present experience. Your Burgess associate with be happy to answer all your questions and offer advice as needed.


1. Make sure your breakables, electronics, and valuables are relocated to an area away from the rooms where your new floors are to be installed.
2. It is advisable to remove pictures, items on low shelves and any breakables on the wall, we take exceptional care while in your home however, accidents do happen. Help us to ensure those accidents are minimized by proper preparation.
3. If flooring is being installed on a second floor, please secure light fixtures and/or globes on the ceiling of rooms directly below as vibrations from working above may cause loosening of the fixture.
4. Please make sure all pets are secured away from the work area.  Technicians will be in and out of the house multiple times.  Burgess Flooring Center cannot be responsible for your pet. 
5. Some cutting, such as the undercutting of door jambs, or removal of existing flooring must be done inside.  This may create dust during the installation.  Please inform us prior to work beginning if special procedures are necessary.  A temporary shutdown of your HVAC may be necessary. It is recommended to change your air filter after the installation.
6. We will do all that we can to keep a safe environment while working in your home, but we ask for your assistance with keeping children and pets away from the work areas due to the sharp objects and power tools we must use.    
Burgess Flooring Center is grateful for the opportunity to provide your flooring needs.


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