Installing carpets is a job that should probably be left to professionals. The work is physically demanding, even if you only take into account the difficulty of carrying and hauling the carpet. However, there is one part of the job that you can do yourself to make the project even more affordable. If you are able to remove your existing carpet, you can definitely get a better rate on your carpet installation. However, you need to use different techniques for removing carpet from concrete and wooden subfloors.

Removing the Carpet and Pads

The first step in removing carpet is finding an edge or seam from where you can pull the carpet up. Often, you can dig an edge out from under your baseboard molding. However, if that is not possible, you can just use a utility knife to cut a small slot in the carpet. Then, using a prybar or the claw end of a hammer, you can try to pull the carpet up. This part of the job can often be the most exhausting. You will probably want to use a utility knife to cut the carpet into smaller roles that you can then carry out of the house. The pads will be easier to roll up and remove once the carpet is off the floor because they are lightweight.

Removing Tack Strips from Wooden Subfloors

All you have to do now is remove the tack strips. Removing tack strips from wooden subfloors requires the use of a hammer and one or two flathead screwdrivers. Knock the screwdriver underneath the tack strip. Try to drive them near the nail so the tack strip does not simply break when you pry it upward. You will often need to knock a couple of screwdrivers underneath the strip, on each side of the a nail. This gives you better leverage when prying both screwdrivers up at once.

Removing Tack Strips from Concrete Subfloors

To remove tack strips from concrete subfloors, all you need is a hammer. The key is to strongly strike the side of the strip right where the nails are attaching it to the subfloor. This basically causes the nail to explode out of the concrete. This will break up a little bit of the concrete, but not enough to make any noticeable difference.

Finally, you can sweep or vacuum your floor and get ready for the carpet installation. In the end, removing the carpet and tack strips on your own will considerably reduce your bill.