How I started in the carpet fitting & repair trade…
I first began working as carpet fitter/carpet layer when I left school way back in 1973.
Not in Hertfordshire where I live now but in North London. Originally I had only planned to work for 6 months or maybe less. I was doing it just to earn cash so that I could go traveling in my gap year before going off to university.
WHAT I DIDN’T DO
Well, I didn’t go travelling or go to University in the end. I found that I liked the freedom and independence of being self-employed and decided instead to set up my own small business working as a carpet fitter…
- A career that I have continued in to this very day.
- After 47 years in the trade I think that I might almost have got the hang of it by now!
I PREFER DOMESTIC CARPET WORK
I have always focused on the domestic side of the carpet trade. Preferring smallish fitting work in people’s homes throughout Herts, rather than larger jobs in commercial buildings.
Over the years most of my carpet fitting jobs have fallen into one of four categories.
FITTING NEW CARPETS
Most of the new carpets I am asked to fit in Herts have been sourced directly from the Internet by customers looking to cut out the middle man (shop) and save money.
Very often there will be a need to adjust existing carpets for one reason or another. Building work perhaps or the removal of fitted furniture. Either way sometimes a little bit of ‘make do and mend’ can go a long way to giving the carpet a few more years of life.
- Don’t replace 100% of your carpet just because 1% is damaged.
Even more so in recent years as people are starting to think twice about throwing things away at the drop of a hat.
The modern trend for reusing, recycling & being much more environmentally aware lends itself very well to carpets. There is a lot I can do to to give them a new lease of life if you have some spare carpet left over for me to work with.
I am fully equipped for carpet stretching. Apart from the standard carpet knee kicker, I have over the years imported 5 different types of carpet power stretchers from America. These specialist tools are rarely seen in the UK but are worth their weight in gold when it comes to tightening loose baggy carpets. They do a much much better job than the common or garden ‘Knee Kicker’ that most people will have seen carpet fitters using.
I DO NOT EMPLOY ANY STAFF OR SUBCONTRACTORS
It will be me who picks up your call, me who responds to your email and, should you choose me for the job, it will be me who knocks at your door whatever part of Hertfordshire you live in to carry out the work. Always. Every time. No exceptions.
Thanks for reading
Herts Carpet Fitter