Removing old flooring
In order to install the new carpet, the contractors will have to rip up the old flooring. This will create a bit of a mess for a short time, and there will most certainly be dust floating around, especially if you have pre-existing carpet that is being removed. So if you are susceptible to allergens, you may want to leave the house for the day. Maybe have the contractors arrive while you’re at work and the kids are at school. Or if the carpet installation will happen on a weekend, plan for some daytime activities such as picnic, going to the mall, or a day-trip to see friends and family. Don’t worry though: the carpet can usually be installed in a short period of time, so by the time you get back home everything in the air will have settled down again.That new carpet smell
Your contractors may use some adhesives to secure the carpet, so if a funky odor arises in your house, don’t worry about it: it’ll go away. Also, just like buying a new car, new carpet may also have an overpowering “fresh” smell to it. Therefore, it is always a good idea to create some ventilation in your house for yourself and the installers. If it’s nice outside, open a window. If it’s winter, or if you’re gone for the weekend, maybe have a fan at the ready and turn up your heating/air-conditioning unit so that some air is moving around.
Filling your wood floor during the winter season, to fill expanding gaps that are a result in the changes in humidity, is not recommended. When the wood expands in summer it could cause boards to warp or force out excess fill. Shrinkage is not a flaw or related to installation. The material is just reacting naturally to changes in moisture levels.