Homeowners Need to Know... Before Signing the Check!
last time I checked, all four of these Giant National Carpet Retailers use
OTHER companies to
facilitate their carpet sales, measuring and installation services.
means if you ever have a carpet problem or complaint, you may have a hard
time getting anyone to help you or take responsibility for making things
Depot, Lowe's and Costco contract out all their flooring sales,
measuring and installation services to different companies?
Today REQUIRES all their salespeople to form their own CORPORATION so
they will be Independent Sales Contractors?
does this all mean to YOU the homeowner? With so many fingers in the pie it is
not too hard to figure out that you might end up paying way too much for your
These four nationally advertised conglomerates take a large chunk of the profit right off the top and
then let all the other privately held companies and independent sales contractors
each have a shot at making more money from your purchase.
From costly measuring fees to needless
carpet and padding upgrades, from carpet and padding removal and disposal fees to costly installation
extras and add-ons, there
are plenty of ways they will make you cough up a lot more money
before it's all said and done.
Lure of a Great Sounding Deal...
Common Carpet Scams You Need To Avoid!
Three Rooms for the Price of One!
60% OFF New Carpet
Whole House Basic Installation!
Padding and Installation!
Off Material & Labor!
These Common Advertising Claims Sound
you sign on the dotted line... Get out your magnifying glass so you can read all the fine print
on these great sounding offers. These commonly advertised slogans are designed to
attract unsuspecting homeowners who would like to save money but don't
know how to go about doing it wisely. Unfortunately, the four conglomerates
mentioned here advertise heavily and have only one thing in mind: Scamming
you out of your hard earned money!
House Carpet Installation
Lowe's and Home Depot have been successful at luring in unsuspecting homeowners
by giving away free "basic" whole house carpet installation. They make up a
portion of the so-called "free" installation costs with
increased carpet and padding charges. Then they increase the installation charges for anything and everything that
is considered beyond their limited definition of a "basic"
"free" carpet installation that lured you in, may not end up being
such a good deal once their sub-contracted measuring experts and installers get
a good look at your home.
very likely you will be faced with numerous extra fees
tacked-on to your final bill. Final bill? Yes, while they will require that you pay for the
entire carpet job in full before they will place your carpet order,
the final bill comes on the day of installation when the installer determines that your
job requires additional
labor for moving furniture, or any extra labor or materials that can be considered beyond
the limited definition
of a "Basic" carpet installation.
more about: Whole House Carpet
These extras can easily add up to
hundreds for any extra fees & charges.
Gomer Pyle would say... Surprise! Surprise! Surprise!
Depot's Low-Price Guarantee? They say they will beat any competitor's price by 10%, but according to the fine print, that's only on
identical in-stock items. That makes it virtually impossible to substantiate because they use private labels on all their
They change the name of all their carpet styles and colors to
make it difficult for you to comparison shop. A low-price
guarantee sure sounds good until you read all the fine print.
home improvement warehouses like Home Depot and Lowe's have been charging homeowners a
sizable measuring fee
just for coming
to your home to measure your needs. From what I have been told, they use
an independent company who hires licensed
& certified measuring specialists. These contractors are required to measure
your home using a "special method". Does
that mean they automatically add another 10% to 20% of material to the total? I
think so, and doing this can easily cost you hundreds more than you need
to pay if you blindly trust their measurements.
never know for sure if their measurements are accurate unless you get more
than two or three estimates, but
basically I think the big box retailers want to make darn sure there is
way more than enough material to complete your job. This way, they never have to worry about running short of material during
installation and they stand to make more profits by over-charging you for
materials and labor. This might translate into you paying hundreds more for
your new carpet & pad then you need. Just an extra 10 yards of material could easily add
up to $500 or more to the total cost of your job. Ouch!
Today likes to attract customers by airing repetitive TV ads featuring
unbelievable sales offers with next day installation. If you call them,
they will send a independent sales professional to your home who will show you samples
and try to "close the sale" on the spot. Will you be getting a fair
& square deal?
Empire Today Sell Quality Carpet For a Reasonable Price?
you know about carpet specifications? You need to do your carpet homework
before you buy. How long will certain carpet or flooring products last in your home
based on Your Level of
Beware... Unscrupulous carpet retailers may be trying to sell you a
low-quality Polyester carpet and try to convince you that it's just as durable as a Nylon
Carpet. Learn more about Carpet Fibers
a few important questions that you need solid answers to before you should commit yourself
to buying from any shop-at-home flooring retailer. Learn more about Carpet
carpet retailers all use private labels on their products and use independent contractors
to measure, sell or install their products. If you have a complaint, you
may have to
deal directly with the independent contractors to get a remedy. Trying to
get anyone to help you with your carpet complaint can be quite difficult,
time consuming and frustrating.
You Think You Have a Carpet Defect?
You'll have to contact the carpet manufacturer. Have an
installation problem? You'll have to contact the carpet installer. Did the
salesperson misrepresent the product you purchased? You will have to contact the
independently contracted salesperson. If you can't get a remedy you may
have to file a claim in small claims court.
am a Costco member myself and enjoy saving money buying the products I
need and use all year long!
you are leaving, you might notice some of their vendors have displays on
the left side of the wall. They may have Heating and Air Conditioning
companies, Leaf-Guard Gutters, Garage Door Replacements, Kitchen cabinets,
Vacation and travel charters, Carpet and flooring products and other
home improvement offers and promotions.
of all these great sounding deals, I myself would never buy new carpet or
flooring from Costco's vendors. Why? If you take a look at their free
Carpet or Flooring brochure, they list a phone number for you to call to start your in-home
Carpet or Flooring Consultation Process.
this phone number will put you in touch with a Shaw Flooring Design
Consultant who is paid on a
commission basis, and they will
schedule an in-home consultation with you at your convenience. This
Shaw Design Consultant, who does not really work for Shaw Industries, will
come to your home and present you with certain carpet or flooring samples,
and will then try to help you choose the right product for your specific
needs. They will also measure your home
and give you a free, no-obligation estimate of all the costs.
Costco Problem: They Make It Almost Impossible To Comparison Shop
a Shaw Flooring Design Consultant
may carry some good quality carpet and flooring, be prepared for major sticker shock when you see what the total cost will be. Again, you can't
comparison shop easily because they change the carpet style names and colors to
thwart you. You would need to take
their carpet samples with you into other carpet stores to try to compare
both samples side by side. They won't leave any of the the carpet
samples you like with you overnight or even for a few days, so comparison
shopping to find your best deal for the exact same products is definitely not easy to do.
Shaw Flooring Design Consultant
would rather you just agreed to make your selection right now, while they
are still in your home. They do not want you to comparison shop because if
you were able to compare prices, you would likely find that you could find
a much better deal for the exact same product elsewhere.
spent over 30-years in the carpet business and my father was a mill rep
for 35 years. If you are in the market for
new carpet or flooring of any kind, I think you should seriously consider buying
from one of the locally owned dealers that I have listed in my Preferred Carpet Dealer
Directory. It's taken me over 8 years to locate, verify, investigate and identify
over 400 locally-owned and reputable family-run flooring businesses and I
truly believe they are the best of
the best here in America!
Decide Where To Buy New Carpet!
owned and reputable carpet dealers will allow to to take several carpet
samples home for you to consider for a few days. It's wise to consider the
appearance of colors and styles carefully in your own home's lighting both
in the morning, mid-day and evening scenarios.
suggest you visit several flooring retailers near you, get several
estimates and be sure visit a carpet store that I recommend if you can. You
determine for yourself who you should buy from.
When it's all said and done, I think you will agree that my preferred
dealers are the very knowledgeable, reliable and reputable!
treated with respect, get a fair & square deal and get great customer service...
Before, during and after the sale. See who I recommend near you! Visit Alan's
List of Recommended Carpet Dealers
forget to print up my free coupon so you can get up to $100 off new
a lot more you need to learn before you head out to shop for new carpet.
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