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How to Choose Carpet?

From selecting the right carpet and padding to making sure your new carpet is installed correctly. This is powerful  information homeowners will be glad to have in their arsenal. Discover everything important about Carpet Styles, Carpet Fibers, types of Padding, Carpet Cost and Carpet Installation fees and charges.


Best Places to Shop for New Carpet?

I recommend you avoid the Box Stores and buy from a locally-owned carpet and flooring store instead. I never recommend buying Carpet from big-box retailers like Home Depot or Lowe's. I also suggest you avoid buying Carpet from any nationally advertised "shop-at-home" retailers like Costco and Empire Today.


Before you head out and drive all over town looking for a reputable carpet store, take my free Carpet Foot-Traffic Test to help determine the Level of Foot-Traffic you have in your home. No matter who you buy from, you will need to choose a grade of carpet and padding that is capable of tolerating your unique level of foot-traffic.


By answering just a few simple questions my free Foot-Traffic test will reveal whether you have Low, Medium, Moderate or Heavy Foot-Traffic in your home. Knowing your score will help you choose a grade of carpet that can meet your needs, goals and lifestyle. 


You don't want to choose a quality that won't perform well for you, and surely don't want to spend more than is necessary for a carpet that will satisfy all your needs and goals. There is a happy medium out there for you, you just need to know how to find it.



1. New Carpet and Pad is Expensive!

Most homeowners experience some degree of sticker shock when they discover the true "final cost" of buying new carpet, padding and qualified installation. Choosing the right materials and getting expert installation is just part of the overall costs involved. 


There can be a number of additional fees and charges you may need to pay to make sure your new flooring is installed properly. There can be unforeseen and unexpected installation costs you may encounter including: 

  • Removal of the old carpet & padding; 

  • Dump fees, Door trimming, 

  • Floor repair or preparation costs, 

  • Transition metals or custom thresholds, 

  • Tack-less removal and replacement,

  • Custom stair work and upholstery

Some of these extra fees can be avoided if you can do some of the preliminary work yourself, like removing all the old carpet and pad and hauling it away. 


These are just a few of the more common extra fees and charges you might encounter and can easily add up to hundreds or more when buying new flooring of any type. If you plan on replacing your carpet or flooring in a mobile home, you can expect to pay a bit more for installation costs and floor preparation fees.



2. Some Carpet Retailers Overcharge

There are literally dozens of retail carpet scams you need to watch out for. One of the more common scams is to over-measure your material needs. Being over-measured means you will also be overcharged for padding and installation since the total price you pay is based upon the total amount of material you require. How to Measure for Carpet in 4 Simple Steps


Most homeowners don't know exactly how much material they actually need for their flooring project. For example: If you actually need 100 yards (900 sf) of Carpet for your home... A sly salesperson may say you need 110 yards (990 sf) of carpet. If you are over-measured by just 10 square yards, you stand to overpay by $500 or more depending on the grade of carpet you select.



Have You Been Over-Measured?

You should always get several estimates or bids from local retailers. This gives you the ability to compare estimates side by side to determine who you want to do business with, based on several factors.


The Lowest Price is Not Always The Best Deal!

You must consider all factors and buy from the carpet dealer that you feel most comfortable doing business with, regardless of the price. Choose the product that has all the options you want and need to meet all of your requirements. 


Never settle for a lower grade of carpet than you require, regardless of the the cost. Spend more today to make sure you are satisfied with your purchase for years to come. If you need to wait a while to save up in order to buy the grade or quality you really want and need, then do.


3. Avoiding Common Carpet Scams

Homeowners need to know what pitfalls to watch out for and how to avoid common carpet buying mistakes, sneaky sales tricks and common sales gimmicks. I will also show you how to recognize and avoid Common Scams and Rip-offs. Read about Consumer Buying Mistakes.


It's very easy for unsuspecting homeowners to become a victim of a Carpet Scam. To avoid this, you need to be aware of these sneaky tricks and lies carpet sellers use to deceive you. 


#1 The Carpet Fiber Scam

They tell you polyester is just as durable as nylon.


#2 The Measuring Scam

They over-charge you for materials and labor.


#3 The Installation Scam

They offer free basic installation then add on more fees later.

Take Your Time! Do some comparison shopping by visiting a few local carpet retailers. Take several carpet samples home with you and also take them with you from store to store to compare. 


Choosing the right carpet for your home will be time consuming, and often be complicated and frustrating for you. Getting a fair & square price for your entire carpet job will require that you do some reading about carpet specifications and learn about the fibers they use to make carpets.



4. How to Get Qualified Carpet Installation?

Carpet installed improperly can easily lose HALF of it's intended lifespan. You need to make sure your carpet is installed correctly. 


If you hire an independent carpet installer, you will need to check references, make a few phone calls, verify your state contractor requirements. Verify their Surety Bond, State License, Business Liability Insurance and even verify their Workers' Compensation Insurance Policy. 


If you buy from a reputable carpet dealer they will provide installation and use their own qualified installers to do the job. This is the best way to avoid carpet installation problems, and you don't have to verify all their information.


5. How to Choose the Right Grade of Carpet and Padding?

The retail Carpet marketplace has changed so dramatically over the past 35 years that few homeowners today have a clue about how to select the proper grade of carpet for their home. Get it wrong and you stand to lose thousands.  


My research reveals that about 74% of all homeowners end up choosing the wrong grade of carpet or padding to meet their needs and goals. 


I also find that about 84% of homeowners end up with a poor-quality installation job. Most homeowners don't spend enough money to buy the right grade of carpet and soon become unhappy with the Durability and Performance.



Learn About Carpet Construction 


Here are a few critical areas that you need to learn about.

Carpet Longevity vs. Carpet Cost

How long do you want your new carpet to last? 5 years, 10 years, 20 years? Not all carpets are created equal so you need to learn how to choose the right carpet based on how well it is constructed. That means you need to learn all about Carpet Specifications and how to interpret them.


Don't make the costly mistake of buying new carpet and padding until you learn how to select the right Grade of Carpet to meet your needs and goals. You want to choose a carpet and padding that is capable of tolerating your level of foot traffic for as many years as you desire. 


Secrets To Carpet Success

Not only must you hire a qualified carpet installer, you must also choose the right grade of carpet and padding too. Just as important is making sure you buy from an honest and reputable carpet and flooring dealer. That's how to purchase new carpet like a pro!

What Grade Of Carpet Should I Buy?



About The Carpet Professor:

Looking to buy new carpeting but feeling overwhelmed by all the choices, options and potential scams? The Carpet Professor's website is a free unbiased carpet information resource and buying guide for consumers. Alan Fletcher is a retired 30-year industry expert and consumer advocate. He maintains a special hand-picked list of locally-owned carpet and flooring stores to recommend to his readers.


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