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By Alan Fletcher - 30 Yr Carpet Expert / Consumer Advocate - I do not sell carpet. HTBC



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From choosing the right carpet and padding to making sure your new carpet is installed correctly. This website provides all the carpet information homeowners need to know to make wise and informed choices. 


Discover everything important about Carpet including: Carpet Fibers, the types of Carpet Padding, Carpet Cost and Carpet Installation fees and charges. 


On my Sitemap you will find dozens of free carpet articles to help you unravel all the confusion. Discover smart ways to save time and money and learn how to avoid common retail carpet scams and rip-offs.


It's important that you are happy with your new carpet. Make sure you choose a carpet that has all the options you want. The right color, the right style, the right quality. Make sure your new carpet will meet or exceed all your requirements and expectations. 


Never settle for a lower grade of carpet than your needs require, regardless of the the cost. Spend more today to get the quality you need 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.



Where to Buy New Carpet?


Let me be frank, I highly recommend you buy from a locally-owned carpet and flooring store. I never recommend buying Carpet from big-box retailers like Home Depot or Lowe's. I also think you should avoid buying Carpet from any nationally advertised "shop-at-home" retailers like Costco and Empire Today. I believe every homeowner deserves first-class customer service before, during and after the sale. 


Start by taking my free Carpet Foot Traffic Test

This simple 6 question test will help you determine the Level of Foot-Traffic you have in your home. The carpet and padding you choose must be capable of tolerating your level of foot-traffic for the length of time you decide.


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



5 Key Factors To Consider...


1. New Carpet is Expensive

Most homeowners experience some degree of sticker shock when they discover the cost of new carpet, padding and installation. Carpet, pad and install for one 12' x 15' bedroom will set you back about $1000 on average. 


Choosing the right materials and getting qualified 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 plenty of 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 more for installation costs and floor preparation fees. How much does Carpet Installation Cost?


2. Accurate Carpet Measuring

Not all local carpet stores are honest and reputable. 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 for carpet also means you will be overcharged for padding and installation too. Why? The total price you pay is based upon the total amount of material you require. If you order 100 yards of new carpet, you are charged for 100 yards of pad and 100 yards of installation.

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 of Carpet for your home... a greedy salesperson may say you need 110 yards of carpet. Now, if you are over-measured by just 10 yards, you stand to overpay by $500 or more depending on the cost of materials and labor. 



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!

Sometimes homeowners get a free quote from a retailer that just seems like a real good deal, even if the price is a bit higher than other quotes received. Maybe the salesperson was really nice, or perhaps the retailer was highly recommended by a trusted friend.


Consider all factors and only buy from a carpet dealer that you feel most comfortable doing business with, regardless of the price.



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 Common Consumer Carpet Buying Mistakes and pitfalls.


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.


  • The Carpet Fiber Scam

They tell you polyester is as durable as nylon.

  • The Measuring Scam

They over-charge you for materials and labor.

  • The Installation Scam

Say free installation then add 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 your carpet installer's 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. 


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 their Carpet Durability and Performance.


Learn About Carpet Construction 


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



Carpet Longevity v. 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. 


Six Important Keys to Getting a Great Carpet Deal!

1. Expert advice about Carpet Selection

2. How to get Accurate Measuring

3. How to get Qualified Carpet Installation

4. Where to find the Best Service and Price

5. Expert tips to Choosing the Right Carpet Pad

6. How much does Carpet Installation Cost



Most consumers get it wrong with at least one or more of these critical areas. The truth is, most consumers don't know What makes one carpet better than another?  


I receive plenty of emails from homeowners who have bought the wrong carpet and want me to help them try to make it right. Usually it's already too late. Don't become a victim of a scam! Read more about common Carpet Scams.



Secrets to Choosing Carpet?

You must choose the right Grade (quality) and style of carpet as is predetermined by your own specific Needs, Goals and Lifestyle. 


I highly recommend you start by taking my Carpet Foot Traffic Test to see what grade of carpet you need to buy. 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.


The only way to determine this effectively is to have a fundamental understanding of Carpet Specifications including face-weight, pile height, tuft twist, fiber type and how they affect carpet durability and longevity. 


Other factors that you may need to consider are anti-static and anti-stain properties of the carpet in question. How Much Does New Carpet Cost?



key  Your Key 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 buy new carpet like a pro! See who I recommend near you.


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