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How To Buy New Carpet and Flooring Wisely - Carpet Professor


Secrets to Choosing New Carpet Wisely? 



How to Select Carpet to Meet Your Needs, Goals and Lifestyle...

Stainmaster Carpet DisplayThere are literally thousands of different types and styles of carpet to choose from, and it's overwhelming to all of us.  


Just because a carpet looks great and feels nice to your hand or underfoot doesn't mean it is good quality or it is durable! More about Carpet Specifications



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Every 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, 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 can quickly appear worn-out and the pile can mat down, especially in main walkways and traffic lanes. 


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 seemingly impossible to keep clean!


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)



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How to Select the Correct Carpet Padding


Roll of Rebond Carpet PaddingChoosing the 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 manufacturers warranty. 


You 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. 


Learn more: Selecting the Right Carpet Pad




Carpet Professor CapThe Secret to Getting Quality Carpet Installation


As many as four of five Carpet Installers are NOT properly trained or qualified to install your new carpet. Installing carpet requires using proper installation tools and procedures designed to keep your warranty in force. 


Is your carpet installer using a "Power Stretcher" to install your new carpet? This is absolutely critical! You must be sure to get qualified carpet installation. 


Why? Because carpet installed improperly can cause wrinkles to develop in less than a year! Wrinkles make your carpet wear out super fast and is very costly to repair! 


Let me 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 carpet investment. 


Learn the tricks to carpet installation: Carpet Installation Costs & Fees




Carpet Professor CapHow to be sure you get the absolute Best Carpet Price


Don't pay more than you need to! 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 you make. 


There used to be hundreds of smaller high-quality carpet manufacturers. 


In the past 30 years many smaller carpet mills have been bought up by giant carpet mills like Mohawk and Shaw.


Large carpet manufacturers often do things to make buying carpet more confusing, more complicated and more expensive for homeowners especially for those who fail to do their homework.



Padding Manufacturers


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. Buying a costly carpet padding that they say will increase the length of your carpet warranty is also a potential scam you need to be wary of. Learn where NOT to Buy Carpet & Flooring.



Carpet Professor CapCarpet Installation Costs


Big-box carpet retailers are well-known for adding extra charges to their "basic carpet Installation services".  If you are unaware, you might end up paying twice as much or more, as you were initially led to believe for carpet or flooring installation. 


They will charge you extra for every little service they perform in your home. Extra for removing your old carpet and padding; extra for tack strip; extra for stairs; extra for transitions and so on... 


This is especially true if you purchase your new carpet or flooring from Home Improvement stores like Lowe's and Home Depot and many other nationally advertised shop-at-home carpet retailers. 


Don't fall for those never-ending commercials on TV from national corporations like Empire Today and others... See which carpet dealers / retailers I Recommend Near You



"Anyone working on your property not covered by a valid Worker's Compensation Policy?

If they get hurt on the job, you may be held responsible!"


Protecting Yourself


40 years ago... Carpet installers were called craftsmen and were very well trained. The flooring profession was highly regarded and handed-down 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. 


The problem for homeowners surfaces when one of these uninsured workers suffers an injury while working on your property. 


When this happens, You, the homeowner could 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.



Seek professional legal advice


If you are unsure about your rights or responsibilities regarding hiring independent flooring installation contractors, seek professional legal advice. You do not want to hire undocumented workers or those who do not have a valid worker's compensation policy. 


Learn more about How to Verify a Contractor's License and what you need to know about the Worker's Compensation Policy.


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If you find this simple test difficult, just wait until you are looking at dozens of carpet samples with limited information available to you.  That's why so many homeowners make costly carpet buying mistakes.



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