A member of your household who is at least 18 or older should be available to greet the installation crew and show them the work area. For everyone's safety and to help the project go smoothly, keep children and pets away from the work area until the job is done. Feel free to ask your lead installer any questions you might have.
The installation process begins with removal of your old flooring. Then, carpet padding is placed down to make the carpet feel softer when you're stepping on it and to help absorb noise. Next comes the actual carpet. The carpet should meet each wall snugly with no edges showing. It should lay smoothly without any bumps or ripples, and none of the seams should be obvious.
Signs of a poorly done installation include frayed edges where the carpet meets the wall, seams that don't match up or are not properly aligned, and bumps or ridges in the carpet. It can be costly and time-consuming to correct these mistakes so it is best to have the carpet installed correctly the first time around.