"How To Choose New Carpet Like a Pro"
© Alan Fletcher - 30 Yr Carpet Hound - Retired
5 Secrets to
Carpet Buying Success!
Buying new carpet today is costly, confusing and challenging. You want your experience to be safe, secure and satisfying.
Here are five key points to help ensure you choose wisely, avoid scams and are happy with your new carpet purchase for years to come.
1. Accurate Measuring Saves You Money!
Making sure you obtain correct measurements for your carpet project is important. If your measurements are wrong, you will either pay too much or not have enough material to finish the job.
Inexperienced carpet salespeople tend to over-measure because they fear not ordering enough carpet to complete the job.
It takes years to become proficient at measuring for carpet so having your measurements verified would be wise.
Seasoned carpet salespeople know how to save you the most money by strategically using leftover material from one area to fill in gaps in other areas.
This can significantly reduce the amount of carpet you need to order and will reduce your padding and installation costs too.
If you have a good tape measure and basic math skills, I can show you how to measure your home for carpet yourself!
2. Product Knowledge - Power to Choose Wisely
Choosing the correct pad is very important too. The more you know about padding specifications the better choices you will make.
Beware of misleading or incomplete carpet buying information obtained from websites that sell carpet or receive a commission from your purchase.
These sites may not tell you everything you need to know, especially when they will say whatever you want to hear just to convince you to buy from them.
3. Get Several Free "In-Home" Estimates
It helps you narrow down your final choices and gives you the chance to compare estimates side by side.
You will come away knowing you made wise choices. What makes one carpet more durable than another?
It's not easy to compare carpets when they change the style and color names. That's why its important to consider the specifications of each carpet separately.
Make sure you are comparing carpets of a similar type, grade and quality. For example, you can't compare carpet made of Nylon, with carpet made of Polyester.
4. Proper Installation Increases Carpet Performance
Finding a qualified carpet installer can be challenging to say the least.
The best installers prefer to work with well established locally-owned carpet stores. They usually have plenty of work and may not need or want to take on any side jobs.
Hiring an independent carpet installer can be difficult and time consuming.
Finding a carpet installer advertising on Craigslist or in your local Thrifty Nickel is another way to go, but not the best way to locate an experienced installer.
Learn the 10 most important questions you need to ask any potential installer: Carpet Installer Questionnaire
It is much easier and safer to buy from a reputable locally owned carpet store and have them provide the installation as part of a package deal.
That way if you ever have any installation problems or carpet concerns, you just have to make one phone call to get a quick response and remedy.
Certified Flooring Installers
Where to find qualified independent flooring installers? You can visit the CFI website to locate a qualified carpet installer near you.
If you find a suitable independent carpet installer who is available at a fair price, you might also ask them to measure your home or verify your measurements.
Be Ready for Installation Day!
Make sure your new carpet installation day is safe, secure and satisfying. What you need to do Before, During & After having new carpet installed in your home?
5. Care and Maintenance
Makes a Huge Difference!
If you don't clean your carpets correctly and on a regular basis (usually at least every 18 months) you could void your new carpet warranty.
My Carpet Care Cleaning and Maintenance page reveals the facts about proper carpet care, important warranty information, and what you need to know about carpet cleaning!
5 Secrets To Carpet Buying Success
Not only must you obtain qualified carpet installation, you must also choose the right grade of carpet and padding too. Just as important is making sure you buy from an honest and reliable carpet and flooring dealer. These are the secrets to choosing new carpet like a pro! See who I recommend near you.