Locally-Owned "Family Run" Carpet
stars My Favorite!
With a few
remnants stood up along the back wall, some in-stock rolls of carpet on
neat and tidy showroom and a good selection of brand name carpet samples. These long-standing neighborhood
flooring retailers buy first-quality carpet directly
from the carpet manufacturer, provide excellent customer
service, have fair & square pricing, have knowledgeable staff and
provide qualified installers. Should you ever have a problem or complaint they will do whatever it takes to
you are completely satisfied. Over the past few years I have compiled my own "hand-picked"
list of reputable locally-owned Carpet Dealers that I am proud to recommend
to my readers. See
who I recommend near you
Shop-at-Home Carpet Retailers
people love the convenience of not having to travel from store to store and
prefer having samples brought to their home. It makes matching colors easier
in your own home. Many locally owned
carpet dealers are now offering shop-at-home services and this can a good way to
go for those who don't want to drive all around town. There are a few nationally advertised shop-at-home flooring dealers that I do not recommend because they
tend to sell inferior products, have unreasonably high prices and have high-pressure salespeople. I believe
carpet shopping is a wonderful service for folks who have a hard time
getting around and don't mind paying a bit extra for the convenience. There are reputable
carpet dealers that offer quality
products, knowledgeable salespeople and reasonable prices but they are hard to find today because the shop-at-home
just getting started. Currently, I have several reputable shop-at-home
dealers listed in my directory whom I am happy to recommend, including The Carpet Guys who serve
the metro Detroit Michigan area. See
who I recommend near you
Hardwoods, Ceramic Tile or Laminate Flooring? These online companies move a lot of product and can be a
smart way to go if you are careful and do your homework. The biggest problem I
hear about is the poor quality of the materials they offer. For example: If you buy
hardwood flooring that is considered "Seconds" (cabin-grade?), it can be very difficult to install
and the amount of warped, unusable or damaged product you receive can be
significant and have as much as 25% waste. Buying
first-quality hardwoods is much more costly but the outcome is much better
than if you buy a "cabin grade" product. It's hard to know how much material to order when you have no Idea
about the amount of unusable product they will be sending you. It can be a
real nightmare when you have to re-order more materials because you did not
have enough to finish the job due to the amount of unforeseen waste.
You can save money buying from an
wholesaler as long as you know exactly what quality or grade of carpet you are buying and know
in advance exactly how the entire
buying process works from start to finish. Even so, you are taking your
chances because you must trust what the salesperson tell you, of fails to
tell you. Shipping costs can be high
too and if
you are not happy with the product you order you may have to pay dearly to ship it back and
a hefty re-stocking fee. Some online flooring retailers are reputable and some are
not, and knowing who to trust is the hard part. Even if you succeed in
buying good quality flooring at a discount, you still have to arrange for your own
installation or install it yourself if you are so inclined.
These are carpet
and flooring peddlers who
will send you small carpet samples through the mail. They want you to
buy their carpet virtually "sight unseen" (other than a small swatch) There are no
refunds on discounted carpets so you really have to be fully aware of all the
fine print. You can save money if you buy from a reputable carpet wholesaler as long as you know exactly what you are buying and
fully understand how the entire
carpet buying process works and what is expected of you, especially regarding the
delivery of the carpet and what you are required to do if you need to return a roll of carpet. Some
1-800 carpet outlets stores are reputable and some are not. The burden of being
knowledgeable about your purchase falls solely upon you.
Franchised Carpet Resellers
dealers are often locally-owned but are hooked
up with a national carpet distributor or co-op to increase their buying power
and decrease their shipping costs.
They usually use private labels to prevent you from comparison shopping
at other carpet local stores. It is often much more difficult to get carpet
specifications from these resellers, and it makes it much more difficult to comparison
shop their products.
Even so, you can still negotiate a fair deal if you know what you are doing
and don't rely on their salespeople to make choices for you. Most co-ops do
not provide installation so you will have to locate a good installation crew
and pay them separately. You will have to work a bit harder to schedule and
orchestrate everything, and may end up paying a
little more buying from a franchised flooring dealer. but they usually have a
list of local installers for you to call and they do offer a wide range of quality flooring products.
who I recommend near you
Carpet from a Carpet Layer
carpet layers have longstanding relationships with local carpet dealers, or
may have a way to
order new carpet and padding at near wholesale prices from local suppliers. Carpet layers often end up with sizable
leftovers from bigger carpet jobs because carpet so many salespeople over-measure
When there is a lot of carpet leftover the installer
may take it home and try to sell
it on Craigslist or in your local newspaper. If
you find an installer who has some leftover carpet or other flooring
at a very low price, you need to understand that they have a limited supply of
those materials and have no way of getting any more of the exact same color or
style. There is no manufacturer's warranty on these materials whatsoever and no recourse
if you end up unhappy with the performance. Still, you can find some real bargains this way.
As with any contractor you hire to do work on your property, I suggest you check references, verify their contractors license and business liability insurance to
make sure they are all current and up-to-date. This might be an inexpensive way to go if you
are just doing one or two rooms or if you need to replace carpet or flooring
for a rental property.
Local Carpet Warehouse or Carpet Outlet Store
These local guys are doing their best to be
consumer friendly and offer low prices and feature rolls of
"in-stock" carpet. They tend to cater to homeowners on a tight
budget, landlords and property managers and D.I.Y.
homeowners. They offer plenty of inexpensive, lower-quality or second-grade goods. They
carpet in sufficient quantity to get some good deals on better grades
of carpet in limited quantities styles and colors. Check their guarantee
carefully and get everything in writing before you sign on the dotted line.
Once you buy it, you own it. They may offer in-house installation or they
might just give you a list of local installers for you to call and hire on
your own. If you want to do-it-yourself, create a detailed
diagram of your home with all the room measurements and bring your truck,
rope and a tarp! If you have to arrange for
your own installation you must negotiate with the installer and pay them
directly. In the end, if you pay just $8.99 per yard for the carpet,
don't expect it to last for 10 years. Even though you can get a great deal
on discounted carpets, always remember that there was some reason why it was
not able to be sold as first-quality goods. See
who I recommend near you
or BIG-BOX Carpet Retailers
corporately owned conglomerates blanket the airwaves with repetitive TV commercials, radio ads,
billboards and bus stops! They have locations located all over the country.
I think home improvement warehouses like Lowe's and Home Depot fall into this category because they
use private labels, they farm out their installations to other companies, they
require payment upfront at the time of purchase, and they may even charge
you a fee to come out and measure your home. Should you have a carpet problem, they may
just tell you to contact the
installation company or contact the carpet manufacturer directly. In many cases,
if you have a problem, no one is willing to step up and accept responsibility for your problem or complaint and you
could end up stuck with a carpet that you are unhappy with.
more: Should I Buy Carpet
from Lowe's, Home Depot, Empire Today or Costco?
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