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In-Home Carpet Measuring Scams
By Alan Fletcher - Carpet Expert & Consumer Advocate
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. I know, because I installed carpet for over 30 years.
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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 the measurements! If you don't, you may be the next victim of the "mis-measuring" 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, learn the smart ways to get accurate measuring for your home before you select the carpet you want. You stand to lose hundreds if your home is improperly measured.
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.
Buying carpet is complicated and you need to know exactly what you are doing if you want to get the best deal and have it last as long as possible. You need to know why one carpet will last for twenty years yet another carpet that looks exactly the same will wear out in five.
Knowledge is power. Knowledge is how you protect yourself from buying the wrong materials and paying too much.
Too many people have limited knowledge about the carpet they've purchased. They know how much they spent on it and the name of the color, but they donít have a clue what fiber the carpet is made of. Why? They have trusted the salesperson to make all the decisions for them. Sometimes that works and everything turns out all right, but more often it is a very costly mistake.
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