We are buying a home that will require us to replace all doors, casing,
baseboard, and carpeting upstairs before we move in. Is it better to install
carpeting before the casing & baseboard is installed, or after? Just
wondering what the Pros/Cons are to each approach.
I think since you'll be replacing all the baseboard molding with brand new
stuff, you should let the installer lay the carpet first.
You'll usually get some damage to your baseboards when carpet is installed.
I'm not saying that the installer intentionally damages the
baseboards...it's just very easy to scratch it, dent it, etc.
Old moldings, when affected in this way, just look more "seasoned." New
moldings looked damaged.
Do the baseboard and all carpentry and painting first.
There is no easy way to get the baseboards in once the carpet is installed.
Further, it is hell to paint baseboards with the carpet edge there. The
small amount of damage to the baseboard paint by the rug installer may be
easily touched up.
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