...to think it is worth £30 for someone else to take the carpet up?

(56 Posts)
5Foot5 Mon 07-Oct-13 13:16:18

DH and I disagree on this. He thinks IABU and I think he is being unrealistic. I would be interested in views and suggestions.

We have ordered a new carpet for the lounge and dining room. While talking to the salesman he explained how much it would cost to have it fitted. He then said "I assume you are OK taking up the old carpet?" Now it had never actually occurred to me that we would have to do this (it is ages since we had any new carpet) so I must have looked doubtful. He then said that the carpet fitter could take it up for us but it would cost an extra £30. My reaction was "Fine, we would like that" while DH was "Oh it's OK we can do it ourselves." The salesman then said we could think about it but would have to let them know before the appointment with the fitter was made.

So. £30. We are not rolling in money but we are not hard up either. Also we found the carpet had a discount on it that we were not expecting which means it is coming in at less than we expected. Either way we could afford the £30 no problem.

DH is saying it will be dead easy we can just pull it up before we go to bed the night before. I think he is being over-optimistic because we will have to cut it up to get it out of the house and if we wait until just before bedtime we probably won't be in bed until about 2am.

In any case we will have to move as much furniture as possible out of the room that evening so once we have done that and then pulled up the carpet it will mean downstairs is a bit of a grim place to be. We don't have nice cosy floorboards it is a solid concrete floor. Frankly I just want to hand over the extra £30 and let someone else deal with it.

Who is being unreasonable do you think? Anyone pulled up any carpets lately to share their experiences?

We pulled ours up easy enough. Rolled it to mske it easy to get out of door. I'm with your dh. I wouldn't pay 30 quid for it

NotYoMomma Mon 07-Oct-13 13:20:10

they are a piece of piss to take up - yabu

It is dead easy but allow yourself time.

Before you lift it, cut it into metre wide strips with a sharp knife. Much easier to handle smaller width rolls.

Then you need to allow time to give the floor underneath a really good brush and perhaps a wipe over with a cloth. If you've got floorboards that squeak its a good time to to sort them out. Its also a really good time to repaint your skirting boards. Way easier without the carpet and wont take long if you dont need to scrape lots of old paint off first.

ah, oops about the concrete floor/floorboards. At least you dont have squeaking to sort out. Still worth getting rid of all the dirt underneath the carpet though.

With dds room we cut out a square of carpet to make do as a temporary rug as we had time to paint the room before the carpet came and didnt want her on bare floorboards.

Maryann1975 Mon 07-Oct-13 13:22:28

I was lucky and had a lovely brother who offered was bullied into taking my carpet up in the front room. I think it was a PITA kind of job though, just man handling all the carpet and lugging it to his van, taking it to the tip etc. if I hadn't got a brother I would probably pay £30 and not feel bad. We are not rolling in money either.

DameFanny Mon 07-Oct-13 13:26:31

If the money includes taking the carpet away for disposal I'd bite his hand off.

Oh, and do you have a wrecking bar or similar to get the grips up? Because they're an utter pain.

It might be that they will reuse the grips?

Flatiron Mon 07-Oct-13 13:30:50

I haven't got anything against paying in principle, but we have always taken up our own carpets, only so that I can be sure that the floor underneath has been cleaned and hoovered properly!

Can't bear the idea of brand new carpet being laid on top of all the dirt left behind when you remove the old one blush

I suppose you could hoover after the fitter has removed the carpet, or he might even do that himself, if you're lucky!

5Foot5 Mon 07-Oct-13 13:31:21

The £30 does not include taking the carpet away, we still have to do that ourselves either way. Apparently if they take it to the tip it counts as trade waste and they have to pay £70 but if we take it to the tip it is household waste.

What is a wrecking bar? Oh god I hadn't even thought of the grips!

It is a moderately large area - about 4m by 8m which is why I think it won't be a quick job.

We are decorating well before the new carpet comes but I don't want the old one taken up before we decorate because I hate the thought of living on bare concrete until the new carpet arrives.

valiumredhead Mon 07-Oct-13 13:32:55

Easy to take up-cut the carpet into manageable strips with a Stanley knife and roll and tape with gaffer taper or similar.

MrsLettuce Mon 07-Oct-13 13:34:21

Hell, I'd have 'em do it in a heart beat.

Surely it's not only taking up the old carpet, it's the disposal and cleaning the floor before fitting the new carpet? Let 'em get on with it!

MrsLettuce Mon 07-Oct-13 13:35:14

x psts - probably not worth it then. HoHum

Alibabaandthe40nappies Mon 07-Oct-13 13:38:20

They won't take it away for you? That is rubbish. We paid £40 for fitting and disposal when we last had carpet fitted. The whole point of having someone do these things is so that you don't have the hassle.

I always make the fitter wait while I hoover the floor quickly, although normally that can be achieved while they are taking the old carpet out and into their van and bringing the new one inside.

steppedonlego Mon 07-Oct-13 13:41:41

I took up a carpet from concrete floor on my own when 3 months pregnant. Really easy to do, the grips I just levered out with the nail side of a hammer. Give yourself a couple of hours, but save yourself the £30

MissGarth Mon 07-Oct-13 13:43:04

My neighbour put her old carpet up on gumtree the other day...free for collection. I thought this was odd. She got three offers to take it that day; apparently people use it in gardens to die back weeds or something? I don't know, but anyway, if you can pull it and roll it up it might mean someone else will come and take it off your hands for you for free.

Writerwannabe83 Mon 07-Oct-13 13:43:58

I'd pay the £30 smile

My husband on the other hand would absolutely refuse and no doubt make a right mess of trying to do it himself smile

Take it up yourself.

If you offer the old one on freecycle someone may collect it for you to use in their garden/allotment to keep the weeds down.

Onesleeptillwembley Mon 07-Oct-13 13:49:25

Seriously? You think your husband is being unrealistic? And the poster above who wouldn't trust hers as 'he'd make a mess of it'? Did you marry children? I dread to think what your husbands are like if you are so convinced they can't do this simple job.

StanleyLambchop Mon 07-Oct-13 13:52:47

It is a horrible job and we have always paid for the fitters to take it up- usually they take it away at the same time, I think we paid £25 for it last time. Have you got underlay to go as well? Sometimes they can re-use that (and the grippers) but ours is usually all squished down so you don't get the soft bouncy feeling you get with a carpet with fresh underlay. The grippers usually fall apart just to the extent that you can't re-use them, but not to the extent that they are easy to take out. As I said, horrible job. YANBU to want them to do it.

BackforGood Mon 07-Oct-13 13:52:56

I agree with MissGarth - carpets are quite often advertised on Freegle and always 'taken' very quickly.
I wouldn't pay £30 to have them take it up.
Even if you did, they wouldn't clean it all before putting the new one down.

FortyDoorsToNowhere Mon 07-Oct-13 13:52:58

I would double check that the carpet fitters will move furniture.

We had to move every thing for them.

StanleyLambchop Mon 07-Oct-13 13:54:56

BTW they don't advise using old carpet on allotments anymore. Apparently it can leach chemicals into the ground and contaminate it.

GhostsInSnow Mon 07-Oct-13 13:56:06

If he was taking it away then yes, I'd do it. I've pulled carpet up before where the rubber back perishes and I'm left in a cloud of choking dust, but if you still have to dispose of it yourself then no, not worth it.

My Mum ordered new carpet last year, I said I'd be over on the morning of the fitting and I'd get up the old stuff. Fairly large living room. I arrived at 10am to find not only had she taken the bloody lot up 2 days before but she'd cut it down into manageable chunks and managed to convince the bin men to take it for her by bribing them with a fiver and a bottle of pepsi shock
She's 77.

OldBeanbagz Mon 07-Oct-13 13:57:12

Personally i would take the carpet up myself and offer it on Freecycle. There's always someone else in need.

Paying £30 is just mad.

Stravy Mon 07-Oct-13 13:58:51

I wouldn't pay. DH would. I would pay if it was for them to move the furniture, take up the carpet and then dispose of it but not just to take it up.

quoteunquote Mon 07-Oct-13 13:59:11

Is it rubber backed? If not someone will come and get it for the garden ring the local allotment association someone will rip your arm off ,

rubber backed carpets have to go to the tip, and into landfill.

Idespair Mon 07-Oct-13 14:02:07

I would take it up myself and move the furniture myself so the fitter just had to fit the carpet.

These days carpet people have to pay to dispose of old carpet so that's why it costs that much. But individuals don't have to pay at the tip.

It is not necessarily a piece of piss. If you take the old underlay up, there may be staples to prise out. Also getting the gripper rods up, need to do carefully or get pricked! It may all be dusty so then I would vacuum the floor underneath. Added to which you may need to cut up the old carpet in order to get it into your car and tip it. And maybe break the gripper rods into shorter lengths. I wouldn't do this "before I went to bed" as your dh suggests. I'd leave a bit of time to do it and then I would have a shower afterwards.

valiumredhead Mon 07-Oct-13 14:03:26

Of all the horrible jobs involved in running a house this really isn't one and certainly isn't worth 30 quid and as others have said it's really worth cleaning all the dust under it once you've lifted it.

Merrylegs Mon 07-Oct-13 14:04:44

We just had a new carpet fitted on a concrete floor and dh took up the old one really easily. (v big room) We were told to keep the gripper rods in place though which was good as they are really tough to remove.(you should check that if you diy) The downside of that of course is that they are sharp so no good for crawlers and unsteady feet, in which case you would be best to pull it up as near to the new carpet being laid as possible

yonisareforever Mon 07-Oct-13 14:05:59

we took up carpet from entire house and it was dead easy.

treas Mon 07-Oct-13 14:11:50

I took up the carpet all through out house - it's a doddle no skill required so I'd resent paying extra.

WetAugust Mon 07-Oct-13 14:15:46

I took mine up by myself - all 26 x 13 feet of it. And took it to the skip - single-handedly.

You just need a Stanley knife and some bin bags.

Leave the grippa rod in place - there is no need to take it up as they'll reuse it when laying the new carpet.

RevelsRoulette Mon 07-Oct-13 14:26:34

It's easy to take up, but it's not just a case of ripping it up the night before! You'll need to take it up, remove the gripper, take up the underlay (which depending on the type can be a BITCH!) and clean the floor underneath ready for the new underlay and carpet to be put down.

RevelsRoulette Mon 07-Oct-13 14:27:26

I tried that last time I had carpet fitted, WetAugust. They said it had to come up because taking up the carpet had damaged it.

RevelsRoulette Mon 07-Oct-13 14:27:43

Was I ripped off? angry

VivaLeThrustBadger Mon 07-Oct-13 14:32:14

It took me five mins to get our living room carpet up on my own and I'd never done it before.

Get a sharp Stanley knife and cut it into 2 ft strips while its still on the floor (as long as there's no underlay you're keeping). Then its really easy to roll the strips up and remove.

lollilou Mon 07-Oct-13 14:39:23

We took up our huge living room carpet last weekend it was easy BUT our Landlord wanted it back (god knows why it was very old,thin and yukky). The hardest part was moving it out of the house it weighed a ton we managed it in the end with a lot of swearing.
I would take it up yourselves and save the money, cutting it into bits will make it easy. Also it will give you time to wash the skirting boards and hoover.

Scarifying Mon 07-Oct-13 14:39:36

I would doitmyselfbut I think £30 is a fair price. If you use lots of new blades in a Stanley knife it should be very easy to take up.

You could try lifting a corner and seeing what it's like underneath.

valiumredhead Mon 07-Oct-13 14:43:04

We've always left the gripper rods too.

GoldenGytha Mon 07-Oct-13 14:56:19

I am not the handiest person but even I can manage to pull up an old carpet.

Had no choice really, I couldn't afford an extra £30, and there's no one else here to do it, I got the kids to help me take our old living room carpet up, roll it up, put it outside, then the council took it away for me.

I have a stone floor too, and only took minutes to brush and clean it afterwards.

I also laid my carpet in my bedroom using carpet tape (tiny boxroom size)

WetAugust Mon 07-Oct-13 15:57:00

Revels I think you were ripped off. I'vr never heard of grippas being damaged when you take the carpet up.

There's no reason why grippas cannot be reused unless you are replacing existing carpet with foam-backed carpet.

You don't have to remove grippa rods to take up underlay either as the underlay is laid up to (not under) the grippa.

RevelsRoulette Mon 07-Oct-13 17:54:45

Yup. After reading this, I have realised I probably was.

I can't believe I fell for it blush They even showed me why the gripper couldn't be used again and I just nodded along. blush

landrover Mon 07-Oct-13 18:01:17

Op have the carpet fitters quoted you for grippers and underlay? If not then leave all, and its really simple job to stanley knife into strips

landrover Mon 07-Oct-13 18:02:35

You will also have to clear the room before they come,as majority wont move furniture (you might be ok them moving the bed!)

meganorks Mon 07-Oct-13 18:06:08

I was going to say pay up as I thought that included disposal. But as it doesn't I would say do it yourself andkeep the 30 quid.

bugsyburge Mon 07-Oct-13 18:12:09

we took all of our upstairs carpets up on Thursday night ready for our new floors to be fitted on Saturday... it look me & Dh less than an hour to do three bedrooms & I'm 5 months pregnant.

you can ask your council to collect it from outside your house so it's super easy

also, to have carpets fitted you will need to move all the furniture anyway so you may aswell go whole hog

spend your 30 quid on cooking a nice meal instead grin

CointreauVersial Mon 07-Oct-13 18:30:00

I would have said yes, until I read that the £30 doesn't include disposal.

We just replaced DS' s bedroom carpet, and took it up ourselves. The previous stuff was so crappy, there turned out to be no underlay, no gripper, and it was so thin and flimsy the whole lot folded up and fitted neatly into our wheely bin.grin The entire process took about 40 seconds.

ratspeaker Mon 07-Oct-13 18:34:38

You'll have to move the furniture anyway so why not just lift the carpet.
It may make it seem grim but it's only for one evening.
Have you thought about the disposal of the old carpet?
Check your council's rules and costs
Our council in Edinburgh charge £19.99 for bulky uplift, up to 6 items they usually arrange to come a week or so after you phone them.
Midlothian council give you one free uplift a year after that it's around £20

Souredstones Mon 07-Oct-13 18:37:37

Yanbu. We practically broke our backs tearing up the entire downstairs hall landing and staircase worth of 20 year old carpet and underlay up.

Shovels were involved

iWantChampagneOnColaBudget Mon 07-Oct-13 18:47:52

had ours fitted about 2 months ago, they were going to remove and dispose of our old carpet for £30 which was very reasonable, but as the fitting and carpet for one room was costly enough, we decided to do this ourselves.
while kids were in bed, we emptied the room of sofas, tv stand, etc and took the carpet out, and underlay as well as the grippers at the sides, and gave a quick broom and mop.
when the carpet fitter came to put the new flooring in, he gave another broom over and job was over and done with in 45 mins

Merrylegs Mon 07-Oct-13 19:04:47

We didn't even have to move our furniture out. The fitters just moved it around the room as they laid the carpet. Was awesome.

whois Mon 07-Oct-13 19:36:38

You still have to dispose of it yourself anyway, new carpet can't go in the same van as old carpet.

I would advise you do it yourself. I didn't, and the guys ripped it up and started laying so quickly I didn't really get a chance to clean properly underneath.

As someone up thread said - take it up with plenty of time and do a good clean and fix any floor boards.

Floopy21 Mon 07-Oct-13 19:54:49

where are you getting your carpets from 5 foot? Just had a ginormous quote for ours.

AllBoxedUp Mon 07-Oct-13 20:23:49

I recently paid £1 a square metre to have carpets taken up and disposed off and it was worth it. Surprised you have to dispose of it yourself.

Turniptwirl Mon 07-Oct-13 20:43:26

I had great fun ripping up my friends carpet! She was a little scared of how good I was at it actually! The knife wasn't very good so I just started off the cut with that then ripped the rest of it! Great stress reliever!

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