Carpet & Flooring Replacement Schedule
By Alan J.
Fletcher - 30-year Carpet and Flooring Expert.
Fees and Charges for Unnecessary Add-on Services.
and Replacing Appliances
Before the vinyl installers arrive to put in your new floors,
your maintenance person should move the appliances out of the areas that are
It is a good idea to move them out of the apartment if possible,
giving the installer room to work.
The vinyl installer will charge you to move
them if you donít, and this is one area you can easily save money.
and Replacing Toilets
should be removed also, it is another charge you can avoid. Have the maintenance
person carefully set the toilet inside the bath tub or shower on a soft
material. It will be out of
the way and quick and easy to replace after the new flooring is laid. After
re-installing the toilet with a new wax ring, white silicone caulk should be
applied around the base of the toilet leaving a small 3 inch area in the very
back of the base free of caulking.
In the event of a toilet leak,
or the wax ring fails, the area in
the very back of the toilet will allow the water to escape onto the floor and
become noticeable. This is your early warning system. It gives you a fighting
chance to discover and fix a small problem before it becomes a large problem.
Carpet and Padding
new carpeting installed you might want to consider having your
maintenance people remove the old carpet and pad to save you money. Carpet
installers charge by-the-yard (or square foot) to remove your old carpet and
pad. If your in-house maintenance crew can do this properly and dispose of
it economically, then you stand to save a lot of money over time.
can have all the carpet and padding removed before the installers arrive you will save a lot of money in the long run.
However, your maintenance
people must be thorough and do a good job, leaving the floors clean and completely free of all carpet
& pad, with the unit swept clean and completely ready for new carpet to be
installed. If your maintenance people do a lousy job removing the carpet and pad
and don't leave the floors free and clear and well swept, then you will be
charged to make it right, thus not saving as much money as you could have.