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Getting flooring at the right price?

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  • Getting flooring at the right price?

    We're almost at the end of our development now, having spent almost the whole budget on an extension, loft conversion and a complete renovation.

    The one thing we didn't think too much about was flooring costs. The property has 3 bathrooms, one cloakroom and 130 square metres of carpetted areas. I asked a flooring company to quote for the entire job and the price came out at just over £5k, which is just too much and will take us over budget.

    With everything else on this project we've managed to get people to work on a time and materials basis. This has saved us thousands versus getting a company to quote for the entire job, but we're struggling to do this with flooring.

    Materials such as underlay, door bars and gripper can be bought online for a fraction of the price that places like Carpetright charge, but we're struggling to find a cheap place for carpets and a fitter that just fits carpets.

    The major carpet chains charge around £3 per sq metre of carpet sold, but I've been told that independant fitters will charge under £2 per sq metre of fitted carpet.

    Does anyone know of any independant carpet fitters in the Hampshire area? Anyone got any tips on saving money on flooring? We have a lot of laminate and luxury vinyl to go down also.