Everyone’s been asking me this question lately. Is there a best time of
year to buy new carpet? If you know what to do, the answer is YES! You
can save as much as 25% or more by knowing when to buy and how to negotiate
your best deal. You just need some free and unbiased carpet buying information!
Carpet retailers have busy seasons and slow seasons. If you try to
negotiate a better deal during their busy season, then you don’t
stand much of a chance to beat them down on the price. However, if you
negotiate wisely during their slow season then you stand a very good chance
of negotiating a very sweet carpet deal for yourself.
The Worst Times to Buy New Carpet.
Now, when are the slow seasons you ask? Let me start by telling you
when the busy seasons are so you can get a better
understanding of the big picture. The real question is, when do
people buy carpet most? You don’t want to buy carpet when everyone else is
buying. It’s almost impossible to negotiate a great deal on carpet when
there are other customers waiting in line behind you holding
Here are the big three ”busy” seasons to
steer clear of:
1. Between February 20th and April 30th when people are
expecting a tax refund
2. From the 4th of July through August 31st. During the hot summer
months when people are remodeling an existing home or moving into a new
home before the new school year starts.
3. Mid-October thru
December 10th. That's when many homeowners are putting in new carpet
because relatives and guests are coming for thanksgiving dinner and other
Best Times to Buy New Carpet.
Alright, now you know when NOT to buy carpet if you want to negotiate your
best deal. Now lets look at the three windows of “money-saving”
opportunity so you know exactly when IS the best time to buy new carpet.
Once December 15th rolls around, the Christmas trees are going up and holiday
shopping is at an all time high. This means that buying after
December 10th is a great time to buy new carpet. This window of opportunity
lasts through January 31st. By Feb 15th it’s all done, as the tax
refunds are starting to come in. People who file their tax returns early
know how much their refund will be and that’s when carpet
shopping goes into full swing. You’ll be able to get the best deals at
the beginning of January when this slow season is in full swing.
The next slow season is from May 1st to June 30th. The tax refund is
spent, Memorial Day weekend is busy, the kids are getting out of school,
vacation planning is underway and their is plenty of springtime gardening to
do. Buying new carpet is not at the top of the priority list for most people
during this time. This makes it a great time for you to negotiate a great
carpet deal. I suggest shopping for new carpet from May 15th through June 10th
for the best negotiating power.
The next slow season comes right after the kids go back to school and
lasts the whole month of September. Everyone is getting settled into a new
school year regimen, enjoying the last few weeks of hot summer weather, and
getting ready for the autumn leaves to fall. No one wants to think about
getting ready for the holidays just yet. September is a great time to
negotiate a great deal on new carpet for your home. This window of
opportunity is not very long, I suggest shopping early in September
because once people start thinking about the holidays it is all done
until December 10th..
You Negotiate a Better Price?
retailer is different and you can't assume anything about who is willing to
haggle a little on the final price. Knowing the best times to buy new carpet
can be helpful,
but knowing how to
negotiate a great deal
is important too.
You can’t just walk into any
carpet retailer and demand 25% off just because you think it is their slow
season. Some carpet retailers will negotiate with you and some won’t.
You need to know which carpet retailers might be willing to negotiate. Don't
forget to visit those in my directory who are willing to accept my discount
Coupon for up to $100 off your new carpet. See
who I recommend near you
Lowest Price isn't always the Best Price...
You also need to know what carpet to
select to meet your needs and goals, and what pad is best for your
situation. It doesn’t
matter how great a deal you get if you buy the wrong grade of carpet and pad.
Proper installation is another issue all together. You must be sure to have
your carpet installed correctly. Not every carpet installer is well trained,
so you’ll have to take steps to be sure your installer is experienced and
qualified to install the carpet you have selected,
even if they are sent out by the carpet retailer.
Carpet Professor Says...
need to take your time choosing and not be in a hurry if you want to get the best
deal on the right carpet to meet your all your needs, goals and budget"
heard many stories from homeowners who have had "Empire" come out and do
an estimate. Their salespeople are independent contractors and they can
charge you as much as they think they can get away with. If you don't agree to
buy from them immediately, they are often quick to offer you a big discount. This
is a big red flag and you should never fall for any sales tactic like that.
Reputable carpet dealers don't jack up the price so they can offer you a big
discount later on to try to sway you into buying from them.
Careful Who You Buy From
you are considering buying carpet from a flooring retailer that is not
listed in my directory be very cautious. They might not be an honest and reputable dealer.
may still agree to honor my coupon, but in this situation you need to get three or four
estimates from other local dealers to make sure you are getting a fair and
square deal. How else will you be able to tell if you are getting a
reasonable price and be confident that your home has been accurately
measured? And if you don't want to go through the trouble of getting a bunch
of estimates from local retailers, I have made it simple for you; Visit my
Preferred Carpet Dealer Directory and buy from one of my recommended dealers.
You can also use my free coupon to get up to $100 off your new carpet
You Best Deal
I don't think negotiating should start as you begin to shop for carpet, I think
it should start after you have found the perfect carpet you really want, at
a price you are willing to pay,
and have the final total amount written down on the sales contract sitting right in front of you. After you’ve done
everything else right, just before you agree to the sale and sign your
name on the dotted line is when you might hesitate and say something like...
“I think I might need to sleep on this
overnight to make sure I’m making the right decision”, or "Maybe
I should get one more estimate just to be sure" That is the beginning
of negotiating a good deal on new carpet. Hopefully they will come down
a little on the price and you can go ahead with the sale knowing you have
beat them down a few more dollars on the price. But not every dealer is
willing negotiate, so that's why it is important that you have already found
the perfect carpet at a price you are willing to pay. If they won't
negotiate with you, you can still feel good knowing you have chosen wisely
and will feel confident going ahead with the sale.
Check out my
Carpet Buying Guide to learn more about how to buy carpet wisely!