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OCdragon2
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Is it a good idea to ...........?

I am thinking of replacing my 3 bedrooms', landing's, and staircase's carpets and my hallway's carpet with laminated floorboards. However I am very hesitated to go via the carpets "big-chains" (whose names I wouldn't like to name for legal reasons) as I read about other users' very "unhappy" experiences about them, particularly their contracted Fitters for the carpets whose work-quality are not always assuring!!
Therefore I'm thinking of hiring my "fitters" through RatedPeople.com in my area, with traceable work-quality, and supply them with my chosen carpets, under-lays, door-bars and laminated floorboards etc. What I would like them to do is just LABOUR to remove OLD carpets and fit my new carpets with quality only. However I would like to break the jobs into TWO in that both my hall-way, staircase, and landing as Job1, and all bedrooms as Job 2 to reduce work-complexities involved. I'm retired now and have plenty of time, so using my spare-times to organizing it is not a problem! On top of it may save a few quid as well I hoped.... Is it a good idea and could I have some comments from you whose has actually done it and still very happy about it pleaseHuh?
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A professional fitter of laminated floors would no doubt be able to get trade prices and pass the benefit onto you if you have already negotiated an hourly rate with him/her.
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Thank you for your infos. Is it better to quote my preferred carpets and laminated flooring, but not their prices, to the potential fitter/s and let them to come up with, hopefully,  a better "overall" deal , meaning labour and materials, rather than just pay him the labour chargesHuh  Unless he goes to the shop with me or providing me with a variety of SAMPLE, of which containing my preferred carpet and laminated floorboard samples, it may be difficult to do that I think!
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Re: Is it a good idea to ...........?

If you go to a local carpet shop you will get all your requirements without all the hassle. I have just had some carpet supplied and fitted and got a very good job from our local carpet shop.
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Unless you intend to DIY, the biggest expense for 'floor-laying' is the labour.
If you take out the labour costs, then cost the timber. As a percentage of the whole cost there is not too much difference between say a good hardwood T&G (say Elm) and a laminate.
I'd go for a good hardwood floor anytime over a laminate and forget the carpet.
Try a local carpenter.
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Something to remember with hardflooring. Firstly, it is noisy and this is a consideration if you live in a flat for example.  Also it isn't as warm as carpet.
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Personally I prefer wood flooring over carpet any time; easier to clean and looks better.
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@artmo: very good points (warmth and sound), I was comparing laminate with wood.
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Quote from: artmo
Something to remember with hardflooring. Firstly, it is noisy and this is a consideration if you live in a flat for example.  Also it isn't as warm as carpet.

Have to disagree with that.
We have bamboo planking over T&G. The bamboo is about 1 cm thick, completely draught proof and warm. It's a lot easier to keep clean than carpet (we have 2 dogs), just needs sweeping every so often.
Don't know about noise as we live in a bungalow. But, as we wear slippers/soft shoes noise isn't a problem for us!
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