How To Choose New Flooring Like A Pro!
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Why is Choosing New Carpet So Confusing?
Unscrupulous Carpet Retailers are fully aware that most consumers don't know much about selecting the right carpet. They also don't want to take the time to educate you, and they certainly don't want you to ask too many questions. What do they want? They just want you choose a carpet you like and write a check for the full amount without shopping anywhere else or doing any comparison shopping.
Carpet sales scams and rip-offs are common, but when it comes to sneaky carpet retailers, what does the word Unscrupulous really mean?
Here are 7 ways that you could become a victim of a carpet scam...
1. Unscrupulous Carpet retailers can very easily overcharge you for materials and labor. This can easily add hundreds to the cost of your new carpet. You would never know you were over charged unless you know a few insider tricks to safeguarding yourself from this common type of carpet scam. Carpet Measuring Scams
2. Choosing the right grade of carpet is challenging. Unscrupulous Carpet salespeople often recommend unsuitable products. There are always sales contests and other promotions where salespeople can will a trip if they sell enough of a certain type of product. What they suggest you buy may not be what you need. Buy the wrong carpet and you are throwing some of your hard-earned money away. Learn more: Carpet Grades Explained
3. Carpet Manufacturers often fail to provide easy-to-understand, clear and complete product information. They want you to buy their products based on their well-advertised brand name. Some mills won't even tell you any specifics about their products even if you call the manufacturer directly. They just won't tell you. Why not? They don't want you to have an easy time comparison shopping. They don't want you to shop around. You need to learn how to overcome this: Understanding Carpet Specifications
4. Private Labels are becoming the norm. Carpet Manufacturers make it easy for retail carpet stores to implement a private-labeling system to prevent homeowners from comparison shopping. They simply change all the carpet style names and color numbers so you can't compare prices elsewhere. Why do they use private labels? They don't want you to be able to shop around for a lower price. The Best and Worst Places to Buy New Carpet
5. Unscrupulous carpet retailers often fail to disclose second-grade or defective material information to you. Retailers often buy second-grade materials and sell them to you off the showroom floor. They may not tell you that there is something wrong with the carpet. In most cases, you won't see the defect until after the carpet has been installed. There are no refunds on discounted, second-grade carpets. How To Choose Carpet Remnants Wisely
6. Manufacturers and retailers fail to provide readily available, clear and concise, easy to understand warranty and claims information. Good luck trying to make a claim, they make it very hard to do. Read the fine print of any carpet warranty and you will see what I mean. Did you keep your sales receipt with the carpet, pad and installation prices separated? Did you have your carpets cleaned regularly and keep all your receipts? No? Sorry your claim is denied. Read your new carpet warranty brochure. How Often Should I Have My Carpets Cleaned?
7. Manufacturers fail to provide true-to-life carpet wear rating values and information that should be readily available to you based on various and diverse types of consumer applications, instead of the current rating values based on a typical "family of four" scenario. Learn more about the PAR Carpet Rating System.
Now I must say, not all retail carpet stores are unscrupulous. There are plenty of reputable carpet dealers out there, but it's difficult to tell the good from the bad. That's why I created my own hand-picked list of locally-owned and reputable flooring stores. If you want to avoid problems like those mentioned above, you need to make sure you buy new carpet from an honest and reputable flooring store. See who I recommend near you.