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We charge by the square metre for carpet removal and for an average sized domestic room, as an idication, this may average £30 or so per room, but the exact price will be quoted based on your measurements. If you want to save on cost you can relatively easily remove these yourself. Although the weight can be fairly heavy so prepare yourself for this - maybe have two people to do this. If this is a large commercial area, have a team on it. In the event that you want to do this yourself, I'll mention here, how we do it, to to make it a little easier. Make sure you use a NEW stanley knife blade. Old ones just make an easy job, very hard. Take the Stanley knife and carefully cut the carpet into 3 or 4 foot (approx 1metre or a little more) room length strips. Unfortunately, as well as cutting very well through carpet, these blades also cut especially 'well' through trousers, jeans, skin, veins and even bone, so be extreemely careful when carrying out these procedures, wear protective clothing and ALWAYS cut away from yourself. The blade can unexpectedly slip through the carpet easily and in the 'blink of an eye' briing the blade to yourself at such aspeed, that you will not have time to avoid it cutting into your leg, other hand or stomach etc. This can result in serious repurcussions. BE VERY, VERY CAREFUL! and if in doubt, get someone else to do it or pay for it to be done by our company. For example if your room was 4 metres x 4 metres, you would have cut 4 lengths and each length would measure around 1 metre width that you've cut to, x 4 metres strips - (1metre x 4metre). Be very carefull when you cut through the carpet, get a 'feel' for the amount of pressure you have to put on the knife to determine where carpet matter finishes and where the wood matter starts. Be warned, if you cut through the carpet and into the wood, the sanding process may not necessarily remove these knife cuts as it very easy to cut into the wood several millimetres or at least more than the sander will go. We have to be very careful when sanding, not to sand too much in certain areas to recover from this, as whilst we could reduce or relieve this by removing the mark or cut mark, we could create another problem, by way of creating a dip where we've sanded more in that area than the remainder of the floor. You can try having someone hold the carpet slightly raised whilst you do the cut to avoid this. Dont worry, this isnt hard, its just important that I mention this. Once the carpet is all cut, but still appears to be in-situ on the floor, go to the end of each strip and carefully and as tighly as possible, start to roll the carpet to the end until you have a 'swiss roll' effect. You are likely to find, that there are carpet grippers in-situ - if you want to avoid any cost, you need to remove these also. They can be problematic to lift and I would suggest doing this using a wide wood chisel and hammer - gently tap beneath the gripper at points where there is nor nails securing them to the floor and lift the grippers up. Be careful not to damage the wood whilst doing this. The gripper rods have numerous sharp gripper pins covering the rods which is where the carpet is secured to, but when removing them, you will 'catch' these on your skin and can be a bit painful so where gloves and cover your arms. A good way to transport these to the car or van and the disposal yard, is to wrap them up within the centre of one or a few of your carpet 'swiss rolls' therefore protecting yourself from the gripper pins further. When transporting these in restricted areas, for example down a set of stairs, be very careful not to catch the ends of the gripper rods on the walls or any other furnishings or household delicacies like ornaments or curtains. Make the rolls as tight as possible, it makes the moving of them a lot easier and enables you to store more of them in your vehicle. Also, if loose, they have a tendancy to unravel themselves. If the space is limited in your vehicle, tie string around each roll to avoid them unravelling and therefore increasing in size and as a result, reducing the available space in your vehicle. Dont just throw them in your vehicle, stack them neatly on top of each other and in the direction of the length of the vehicle. This will maximise the amount you can get in the vehicle. Our costs involved in doing this for you is to cover labour time, time & fuel to a recycling yard / waste disposal yard, the unloading of it and return journey. We are covered by the Regulation Authority, registered & certified by the Enviromental Agency (registration no. CB/GM3049LN) to safely dispose of any items that is involved in our line of work A copy of this certificate can be given on request. We are charged by Recycling . Disposal yards for disposing your materials as because we are doing the work for you, this is considered commercial use. You can however dispose this yourself for free in a domestic vehicle. If you are using a van to do this, then you will be asked to either pay or produce a voucher given from by your local council to authorise you to dispose of this free of charge, on the basis that you have answered some questions that you will be asked and that they have determined that you are using this facility for your own domestic disposal. If you ring your local council office, on approval, they will send you upto 6 vouchers (allowing 6 trips). The first voucher number can be given over the phone, enabling you to make a visit to the tip immediately. Ensure you make the most of these trips by filling your van to the maximum as, even if you make 4 trips on the very same day, the yard supervisors will take 4 vouchers from you to authorise all trips. Finally, when you go back to the property, brush your floors and check with your hand for any raised nails that remain as a result of raising the carpet grippers. Remove these carefully with a claw hammer or plyers or pinsers. Although small details like this may seem soewhat tedious, they can be small area but can equate to some considerable amount of time to remedy if we find that this hasnt been done reasonbly well. It isnt to say that we will charge extra for every small incremental part of preparing your job, but anything take over 15 mins or so will be charged for and its amazing how, what may, on the face of it appear to be a 2minute job, when multiplied up several times over, can add up to hours of work, Its not just the act of for example lifting the nails that takes the time, but the 2-3minutes searching before removing each one of them can mount up very quickly. So take your time, and try and be thorough. We're helpful polite people who dont mind 'helping out' but be mindful that this can only extent so far before you start to incurr additional charges (something we dont like to happen unless agreed beforehand) In any event, any additional charges will be notified to you before it takes place - please ensure you are contactable to approve this if you are away from the site whilst the work takes place.