A company sent over a rep who would do everything, and they can do it...within a week!...and the price is quite good, based on all my research. I read the reviews and I believe I am walking in with my eyes open.
There are SO many parts that add up. I can order wood here, all the little parts extra there, pay here for carpet removal, pay there for installation, try and get everything to fit and agree, do some work myself, make a mess, or, choose a company that does the complete package and saves my sanity!
I will have to unhook all the electronics and move the breakable stuff, but that just makes sense. I knew enough about types of flooring and thickness and cushioning and DH was with me. I read every single line of the contract.
As for the cat, the idea to save a large carpet remnant was brilliantly simple and ideal! We have tried plastic runners for under computer chairs and she really does seem to like the carpet softness to do her business. At least she only goes in one room, one basic area.
I began to look around at the gathering clutter I have been accumulating and realized this is an excellent opportunity for me to de-clutter and pare down. I can move the little knick-knacks and books to the garage and determine if they need to come back in, or if "out-of-sight, out-of-mind" wins and they can go to a second hand store/charity.
As for removing carpet ourselves, with the almost two decades old carpeting and with what Kitty has been doing, I would pay more for the removal than the installation! I could live with plain concrete slab as long as I do not have to touch pee'd and poo'd carpet.
The price includes carpet removal, furniture moving and return, prepping the concrete floor, the little edging pieces, the padding, etc...There should be NO other costs. And I can hold pretty firm and whip out my teacher voice and quote the contract if needed.
If this company actually does what they say they will do,and I read many reviews online, then I will be a very happy customer.
So, I will let you know how it goes in a few days!
(Only put $50 down so far...)