We surveyed recommended carpet and flooring fitters to find out how much you should spend on 13 common jobs and how long they should take to complete.
We asked Which? Local-recommended carpet and flooring fitters to complete a survey about the price and completion time for 13 standard carpet and floor-related jobs.
Armed with this information, you'll know what questions to ask, roughly what price you can expect to pay and how long jobs should take when hiring a roofing professional.
Carpet and floor fitting prices and completion times
All of our prices include labour and materials but exclude VAT.
|Job||Details||Typical price quoted||Price range||Typical time to complete job|
|Survey conducted in July 2012.|
|Carpet - small room ||Room size approx 10'10” x 9'10” (3.3m x 3m). A standard 80/20 carpet (80% wool 20% polypropylene). Including gripper rods, 10mm foam underlay, one door plate. Based on the assumption that the room is clear of furniture and old carpets have been removed.||£320||£289-£344||1–2 hours|
|Carpet - medium room||Room size approx 15'2”.||£451||£410-£500||2 hours|
|Carpet - large room||Room size approx 17'2”.||£640||£585-£710||2–3 hours|
|Remove and dispose of existing carpet and underlay (one room)||n/a||n/a||£25-£55||0.5 hours|
|Laminate floor - small kitchen||Room size approx 10' x 6' (3.05m x 1.83m). Price includes basic beech effect laminate, 3mm foam underlay and one door plate. Based on the assumption that old flooring has been removed and the floor needs no further preparation.||£220||£195-£275||2–4 hours|
|Laminate floor - medium kitchen||Room size approx 10'10”.||£365||£318-£421||4-6 hours|
|Laminate floor - large kitchen||Room size approx 17'6”.||£575||£545-£725||0.5-1 day|
|Lay sheet vinyl - small bathroom||Room size approx 7' x 7'1”.||£125||£115-£148||1–2 hours|
|Lay sheet vinyl - medium bathroom||Room size approx 10'2”.||£163||£150-£199||2 hours|
|Lay sheet vinyl - large bathroom||Room size approx 13'4”.||£268||£236-£308||2–3 hours|
|Lay solid oak flooring - small room||Room size approx 8'10”.||£650||£600-£699||0.5–1 day|
|Lay solid oak flooring - medium room||Room size approx 14'10”.||£1,171||£1,008-£1,204||1–1.5 days|
|Lay solid oak flooring – large room||Room size approx 20' x 16'6” (6.1m x 5.03m). Price includes standard oak flooring. Based on the assumption that the floor is flat and has been suitably prepared.||£1,806||£1,635-£1,913||1–2 days|
Carpet and floor fitting jobs: trader tips
In addition to the pricing and completion time information, the recommended carpet and flooring fitters who participated in our survey also shared some helpful advice.
- Most fitters will get rid of old carpets for you. But, businesses are charged for waste disposal – a cost the fitter is likely to pass onto you. Private individuals don’t have to pay to tip household waste so you’ll save money if you can remove the old carpet and dispose of it yourself.
- Most fitters ask that furniture is removed from the room before they get there. If you are unable to do this yourself they can do it, but are likely to charge extra.
- To make it easier to compare prices between different companies ask them to break down costs into labour (fitting) and materials (your chosen flooring).
- Small jobs are proportionally more expensive. Some fitters charge a minimum fee (for example, for areas less than 10m square or for less than half a day) so you could end up paying over the odds for small jobs.
In July 2012, we sent a survey to all Which? Local traders in the Carpets and flooring category with a rating of three stars or more and an email address.
18 traders responded to the survey. Using their experience and expertise, they answered questions about the cost of popular jobs, and how long they should take to complete.
Read more about the methodology
Job: remove and dispose of existing carpet and underlay
Some fitters will dispose of waste free of charge if fitting new carpets. But many charge extra. Find out up front.
Job: laminate a kitchen floor
A good trader should remove plinths from kitchen units and ensure that flooring goes underneath for a professional finish.