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Experience:  Licensed construction supervisor with 35+ yrs. experience.
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I am trying to sell my house and some potential buyers have

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Hi, I am trying to sell my house and some potential buyers have complained about creaky floor boards on the stairs.
The house was built in 2000 and the stairs are carpeted.
Is that an expensive job to fix?

Welcome and thank you for your question. I will be the professional that will be assisting you.

Which State does your question pertain to? Are the purchasing asking for this under a home inspection contingency?

Customer: replied 29 days ago.
They decided not to put in an offer because of the creaky floor boards. So I want to fix it associate before the next viewers

Thank you for the clarification. That can be secured and you will want to obtain a few different estimates. Can you tell me what this means?

"So I want to fix it associate before the next viewers"

Customer: replied 29 days ago.
I think I need a DIY expert not a lawyer

You would to be moved to Home Improvement?

Customer: replied 29 days ago.
Sorry that was a typo. I want to fix the problem before the next people come to view the house.
Customer: replied 29 days ago.
please I need home improvement.

Thank you for the clarification I will have the category changed.

Welcome to Just Answer, my name is ***** ***** I will do my best to help you with your issue. If my initial response doesn’t answer your question then let me know and we can continue our conversation.

If have squeaky stair treads and the treads are carpeted it's not that expensive to fix. Some screws will need to be put into through the treads into the stair stringers to keep the treads from moving/squeaking. This can be done through a small slit in the carpet without damaging the carpet.

Customer: replied 29 days ago.
Is that better than just lifting the carpet and screwing them down?
Does it need special screws?
Is it something I can do myself or do I really need to get someone in to do it?

You can also lift the carpet but then the carpet will need to be re-installed and that's a lot more work. No special screws needed. We use common 2 1/2" drywall screws. A pro is probably better suited to do this since a carpenter will have a better idea how the stairs were made but you could try it yourself if you like. You only need to slit the carpet slighty larger than the diameter of the screw head. Make sure the screw head gets behind the carpet before you send it home. You want to hit the stringers which are usally dead middle and at the far ends of the threads if the staircase is betwen 2 walls.

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Rick, General Contractor
Category: Home Improvement
Satisfied Customers: 21992
Experience: Licensed construction supervisor with 35+ yrs. experience.
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Customer: replied 28 days ago.

You're welcome