How To Measure Your Home For New Carpet
2021 by Alan Fletcher - Carpet Expert & Consumer Advocate
Carpet Measuring Scams Can Cost You Hundreds!
You stand to lose hundreds if your home is improperly measured. Most carpet salespeople are not very good at measuring. It takes years to learn to measure like a pro.
Is the salesperson coming over to measure your home tonight to measure how much carpet you need? Great! Whatever you do, don't sign on the dotted line until you verify their measurements!
If you don't verify the measurements, you may be the next victim of the "mis-measuring" or over-measuring carpet scam!
Who should you trust to measure your home? How do you determine how much carpet and pad you need? If you trust the carpet salesperson to determine your measurements you could easily over-pay. In fact, it is very common for consumers to be charged hundreds extra for the job.
Many two-bedroom homes require about 100 yards of carpet. If you were to choose carpet, pad and installation that added up to $30 per yard ($3.33 per foot), for 100 yards, your total price would be $3000.00.
Now, if the carpet salesperson measures your home incorrectly (or deliberately over-measures) and tells you that you need 120 yards of carpet, your total price would be $3600.00, a difference of $600!
(and if it is a deliberate over-measure, they may just pocket the extra $600 and only order the amount of carpet that you actually need!)
Anyone could be over-measured by 20 yards of carpet or more and probably never be aware of it. This is a serious problem in the industry and you'll want to learn the smart ways to get accurate measuring for your home before you select the carpet you want.
Don't be fooled into thinking that measuring carpet yourself is the only smart way to save money on your carpet purchase. Measuring carpet can be very difficult and is easy to do incorrectly.
One way to verify measurements is to get at least three bids or estimates from local flooring dealers and then compare their measurements side by side. In most cases there will be different measurements from all three estimates you get. You don't want to automatically assume that the lowest estimate is the right one. You need to ask each salesperson questions about seam placements and exactly how much material waste there will be.
If you are buying a carpet that has a "pattern match" you must order enough extra material to be able to line up the repeat. This can be tricky.
Another great way to help determine if their measurements are accurate is to measure your rooms for carpet yourself! It takes some effort to learn how to do a rough estimate, but can be very worthwhile in potential savings.
See my Room Yardage Chart
It's hard to find an honest and reputable carpet dealer! That's why I have created a special list of hand-picked carpet retailers who I believe are reputable, locally owned, give free estimates, offer fair prices, have knowledgeable staff, provide honest measuring and hire qualified installers. Don't take chances... See who I recommend near you
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