How Much Does It Cost To Install Carpet Flooring?


(2,500 sq.ft. home, mid-grade carpet flooring)
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Carpet Flooring Costs

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Flooring material is that which covers the floor structure and creates the floor surface. Carpet flooring is a common choice for greater comfort.

You will find that the cost to install average carpet flooring depends upon material and finish grade, surface area, preparation and special requirements, and the labor rate.

In the following table the Labor Cost figure is what the able and prepared DIY persons should expect to save by performing the corresponding tasks.

Replace flooring: of a 2,500 sq.ft. home with partitions and 500 linear feet of baseboard; remove and dispose existing flooring; include miscellaneous material and waste.

The Cost of Carpet Flooring Installation

Item Unit Cost Quantity Line Cost
1. New flooring: install 2,500 sq.ft. of 100% Triexta machine tufted carpet with 25-year warranties and 3/8" thick carpet pad (contractors grade). $5.75 per sq.ft. 2,625 $15,081
2. Upgrade: additional cost to install crimson colored 100% wool carpet and 1/2" hypoallergenic cushion. $7.59 per sq.ft. 2,625 $19,930
3. Removal: remove 2,500 sq.ft. of carpet and underlayment, prepare for transport; strip to wood floor. $0.01 per sq.ft. 2,500 $26
4. Disposal: transport and non-hazardous dump fees. $45 per CY 10 $450
Fees and Material Cost $14.19 per sq.ft. 2,500 $35,487
5. + Labor Cost (remove and dispose) $32 per hour 16 $512
6. + Labor Cost (flooring) $36 per hour 70 $2,520
Total Cost $15.41 per sq.ft. 2,500 $38,519

Other considerations and costs

  • Preparation is limited to an undamaged floor in good condition to be replaced.
  • These prices are for service in the immediate service area of the provider.
  • Taxes and permit fees are not included.

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DIY considerations

  • This project is suitable for DIY with common set of tools and skills.
  • Partial DIY is also possible by taking on the task of remove and dispose, leaving the installation to a professional.
  • The work area must be free of all furniture and other objects.


  • Craftsman Estimator Costbook, complete series year 2015.
  • Latest prices found on Home Depot and other vendor Web sites.
  • Literature review of DIY Web sites.
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Cost by city

(2,500 sq.ft. home, mid-grade carpet flooring)
  • New York, NY$29,861
  • Bronx, NY$24,538
  • Brooklyn, NY$20,451
  • Philadelphia, PA$25,513
  • Washington, DC$22,139
  • Atlanta, GA$20,030
  • Miami, FL$18,217
  • Fort Lauderdale, FL$19,083
  • Minneapolis, MN$22,386
  • Chicago, IL$26,083
  • Houston, TX$26,903
  • San Antonio, TX$18,059
  • Austin, TX$20,448
  • Denver, CO$17,277
  • Phoenix, AZ$18,228
  • Las Vegas, NV$20,006
  • Los Angeles, CA$22,542
  • San Diego, CA$20,456
  • San Jose, CA$24,709
  • Seattle, WA$18,090

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