Free Carpet Information and Buying Guide
Alan Fletcher - 30 Yr Carpet Expert / Consumer Advocate - I do not sell carpet.
Carpet Buying Information
Choosing new carpet today is a daunting task! Homeowners need to be very careful to select new carpet and flooring wisely and avoid making costly mistakes and major headaches.
My goal? To help homeowners save hundreds by teaching how to negotiate your best carpet deal. To explain what must be done to ensure qualified carpet installation. How to recognize and avoid common carpet scams & rip-offs by sly and sneaky carpet salespeople. How to recognize and avoid common retail sales scams and TV advertising gimmicks by unscrupulous Big Box retailers.
Let me start by saying that there are plenty of honest and reputable carpet retailers out there, but it's very hard to know the difference between a "Reputable" Carpet Dealer and a "Ruthless" Carpet Dealer until it's too late!
Get at least two or three bids or estimates from local retailers!
Don't take my word for it. After 30+ years in this business I have learned how to recognize these wolves in sheep's clothing. That's why I've created my own special list of recommended carpet dealers all across America. These are carpet / Flooring dealers that I personally trust and recommend to my readers. They have been selected and approved by me personally, "one at a time" over the past 14 years.
My preferred dealers are the best of the best, and I know you will think so too when you give them a chance to earn your business! Get at least two or three estimates from other dealers in your area.
You decide who you think will give you the best deal and treat you with the respect you deserve. I bet you will buy from the dealer that I prefer. If not, then please email me to let me know who you bought from and why! Maybe they should be listed in my preferred list! Thank you! Alan aka The Carpet Professor.
I'm a homeowner just like you and I surely don't want to overpay, be ripped off or be scammed on the products or services I need. One thing I know for sure...Scams are everywhere, especially in the carpet and flooring business! It's sad, but consumers must be on guard constantly, we must be well informed and take the time to educate ourselves before we make any major purchase.
Over the past ten years I've helped countless homeowners choose carpet wisely and save hundreds or even thousands of dollars on their carpet purchases.
I can help you save time and money, avoid scams and make wise carpet choices too. But you have to be willing to take the time to get educated.
Most homeowners don't know how to buy carpet today - even if they have purchased carpet many times in the past.
There used to be only about 8 basic grades of carpet available: apartment grade, builder grade, three grades of residential and three commercial grades. Not anymore. There are dozens of varying carpet grades and qualities available.
What is a Carpet Grade?
How do I know what grade to buy? Which grade is right for you? That's the $64 question. Choose to low a grade and your carpet will wear out too fast. Choose too high and you will spend way more than you need to.
You need to know how to choose the carpet grade that is just right for your needs, goals, lifestyle and budget. Sounds easy but it's not. Where to start?
Homeowners often trust a carpet salesperson to steer them in the right direction and suggest the right grade or style of carpet. This can be a very big mistake. Why? Because many carpet salespeople are not qualified or don't take the time to ask you about your needs and goals to advise you wisely.
Carpet is a major home improvement purchase, you need to follow the advice of a seasoned professional who has your best interests in mind. You need to choose the right carpet based on your needs and goals. I can help you sort it all out.
Print my free Carpet Shopping Form
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Best Carpet Padding & Carpet Installation
Consumers who select the wrong grade of carpet stand to lose hundreds or even thousands of dollars. But choosing he wrong carpet padding can ruin even the best quality carpets. Carpet installation done improperly will void the carpet warranty and can easily cut the life-span of any carpet in half!
How do you select the right pad? How to you make sure your carpet is installed properly? You need the answers to these questions and many more.
Is your Carpet Installer Licensed, Bonded & Insured? Check Now to see if you carpet or flooring installer is subject to your State Licensing Regulations.
You should always call to make sure who you hire is properly licensed, bonded and insured according to the State and Local Laws where you live.
You can also check to see if there have been any prior complaints filed against the contractor in question.