Keys to Buying New Carpet Wisely
Fletcher - Carpet Expert and Consumer Advocate
How to select the best carpet for your
needs, goals and lifestyle... There are hundreds of different types and styles
of carpet to choose from, and it's overwhelming to all of us.
Just because a carpet looks and feels nice doesn't mean it
is good quality or it is durable! You have to choose wisely, and that
means you need to know about Carpet
homeowner has different needs, goals and expectations. You want your carpet to last a
long time, look good for decades, resist stains, be in your price range and clean easily.
That's hard to find these days without some serious help.
Buying new carpet can be very
confusing and frustrating and time-consuming. You must be patient and take
the time to learn about carpet before you buy. WHY? Because
some carpets are made poorly or with poor quality materials and
will quickly appear worn-out in a hurry.
Lower grade carpets can quickly develop flattened out
paths or "trails" in common traffic lanes. Many carpets stain easily
or will begin to look soiled or dingy within a few months and may be
difficult or impossible to clean! Before You Buy New Carpet Checklist
You cannot afford to make
the wrong carpet choice as so many unsuspecting homeowners do. I want to help you
make wise and informed choices. Looking for help or advice in a retail carpet store?
Don't base your decisions solely on the advice of any one carpet salesperson,
as many are poorly trained, lack "hands-on" experience or may not have your best
interests in mind. (Trust me on this one, I'll tell
you more about this problem later) Buying from a reputable carpet
dealer is very important. Print out my free Carpet Selection Form and Coupon
to Select the Correct Padding...
wrong padding can cut the life-span of your new carpet in HALF, and may
quickly cause wrinkles to develop in your carpet and this will void the
should not rely solely on any retail carpet
salesperson to make the correct padding choice for you. They often don't
know what is required or may try to sell you the most expensive item.
According to the carpet manufacturer, it is your responsibility to know
and purchase the correct padding is for the carpet you have selected. (You can't
blame the butcher for the cut of meat you select) I can help you make
sure you make the right choice. Selecting the Right Carpet Pad
Trick to Getting Proper Installation...
many as four out of five Carpet Installers
are NOT properly trained or qualified to install your new carpet. Installing carpet requires using proper
installation tools and procedures to keep your warranty in force. This is absolutely
critical! You must be sure to get qualified carpet installation.
Because carpet installed wrong can cause wrinkles to develop
in less than a year! Wrinkles make your carpet wear out fast and are very
costly to repair! I can show you how to be sure your new carpet is installed right the first
time. Get this critical aspect wrong and you may quickly lose your total
Learn the tricks to carpet installation Carpet
Installation Cost & Fees
to be sure you get the absolute Best Carpet Price...
pay more than you need
Let me show you how to get a great price on the materials and labor. Finding
a good deal on carpet, padding and installation is getting harder every
day, and it all boils down to "who" you buy from, and the choices
to be hundreds of smaller high-quality carpet manufacturers.
In the past 10 years many have been bought up by the giant carpet mills
like Mohawk, Shaw and Beaulieu. These giant carpet manufacturers often make buying carpet more confusing, more complicated and more
expensive for homeowners especially those who fail to do their homework.
The Carpet Pad
manufacturers are doing the same thing. The smaller padding companies are being bought
out, and the big pad companies are creating newfangled products to get
consumers to dig deeper into their pockets for products they may not need. They have
odor eating pads, moisture barrier pads, anti-microbial pads and many more.
a costly padding that they say will increase the length of your carpet
warranty is also a potential scam you need to be wary of. Learn
NOT to Buy Carpet
Installation Costs are Increasing and Quality is Decreasing.
Big-box carpet retailers are
well known for adding on extra charges to their "basic Installation
services" so you might end up paying twice as much or more, as you
were initially led to believe for carpet or flooring installation because
they will charge you extra for every little thing they do. Extra for
removing your old carpet and padding; extra for tack strip; extra for stairs;
extra for transitions and so on...
especially true with Home Improvement stores like Lowe's and Home Depot and
many other nationally advertised shop-at-home carpet retailers.
Yourself from Shoddy Workmanship and Legal Problems.
Out For Undocumented Workers or Anyone working on your property not covered by
a valid Worker's Compensation Policy. If they get hurt on the job, you may be
years ago... Carpet installers were called craftsmen and were very well
trained. The flooring profession was highly regarded and handed-down trade
from father to son. Not anymore! You
never know what level of professional training installers have, if any, and if
they are qualified to properly install the flooring product you have selected.
crews hired by unscrupulous flooring retailers today usually have only one
crew member who speaks English who may be licensed, bonded and insured, but
the rest of his crew (usually relatives) are likely undocumented and not covered by a
valid and current Worker's Compensation Policy.
problem for homeowners surfaces when one of these uninsured workers suffers
an injury while working on your property. When this happens, You, the homeowner may
be liable to pay for all medical treatment for the worker and pay
hefty state or local fees, fines or damages from negligence or even worse,
should a lawsuit be filed or law enforcement agencies get involved.
don't want this to happen to you. Seek professional advice from an attorney if
you are unsure of your rights or responsibilities regarding hiring flooring
installers who hire undocumented workers or who do not provide a valid
worker's compensation policy for everyone who works on your property. Learn
more about How
to Verify a Contractor's License and the Worker's
is another reason why I do my best to only recommend flooring dealers who hire
qualified and experienced installers who are paid directly by the flooring dealer and are fully covered
by business liability insurance and worker's compensation while working on your
property, and properly licensed when required by your state and local laws.