How to Buy Carpet - Without Getting
Hosted by Alan Fletcher, 30-year Carpet Expert &
Nationally Recognized Consumer Advocate
I'm Alan Fletcher, a third-generation Carpet expert and nationally recognized consumer
advocate since 1998. I have retired after 30-years in the
Carpet business and I no longer sell or install Carpet or Flooring. I now enjoy
homeowners by providing FREE Carpet buying information and unbiased advice. My
advice has been featured nationwide in the media including HGTV and AARP Magazine and RedPlum to name a few.
I've already helped over a million homeowners choose new Carpet wisely, learn
how to save hundreds & avoid common scams and scoundrels!
I can help you too... It's a Free Service that I provide to all
carpet or flooring is likely going to cost MORE than you expect!
homeowners experience some degree of sticker shock when they discover the true
cost" of buying new carpet, padding and installation. 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
can be plenty of unforeseen and unexpected installation costs you may encounter including: Removal of the old carpet & padding; Dump fees: Floor
repair or preparation costs: Transition metals or custom thresholds: Door trimming: Tack-less removal and replacement: Custom stair
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.
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.
flooring retailers will try to over-charge you...
If they can get away with it!
There are dozens
of retail scams 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 too since the
price you pay is based upon the amount of carpet (or flooring) you require.
Most homeowners have no idea how much
material they really
need for their flooring project. For example: If you actually need 100 yards of Carpet for your
salesperson may say you need 110 yards of carpet. If you
are over-measured by just 10 yards, you stand to over-pay by $500 or more depending on the cost of the
materials and labor. How would you know if you have been over-measured? One way to avoid this scam is to buy from an
honest and reputable flooring dealer. See who I recommend near you.
How To Protect Yourself. I need to make
it clear first, that I don't provide any legal advice to anyone in any manner
way shape or form, but if I were you I would
make sure that everyone
you hire to do work on your property is fully covered by a worker's compensation
policy. This is mainly for homeowners who might hire an independent flooring installer,
licensed or unlicensed contractor or sub-contractor, or even your neighbor's
teenager and pay them directly. If someone gets hurt while working on
your property you can be held responsible for medical bills, lost wages, Pain
and suffering... and who knows what else.
is why I highly suggest that you make
sure the contractor you hire is state licensed if required, and has a valid and up-to-date Worker's Compensation Policy
that covers himself (if required) and each
and every one of his helpers (relatives, friends or employees).
If you hire a contractor to
do work on your home and one of his "helpers" becomes injured, you may be held
liable (responsible) to pay for all the medical bills, lost wages and perhaps much more.
On this website I have posted a partial
List of State Contractor
Requirements and who you need to contact to verify if a contractor
before you hire them to work on your property. Learn
I am not giving any legal advice here, just trying to give you some points to
ponder. As I understand it, if you buy new carpet or flooring from a reputable
dealer and they send out a installation crew to install your new flooring, and
the dealer pays them in full, as hired employees, for their installation
services, then you may not be held responsible for any injuries acquired
during the installation of your new flooring. The flooring dealers business
liability insurance and worker's compensation policy would come into play. So
it may be a good idea to ask the dealer to provide proof of business liability
insurance and a valid and current Worker's Compensation Policy for any and all
people who may be working on your property.
the Untold Truth about
Carpet marketplace has changed so dramatically over the past 25 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. When shopping for carpet, you have three
main issues to understand...
what does all this mean to you?
Need To Learn How to Protect Yourself! It's very easy for
unsuspecting homeowners to become a victim of a Carpet Scam. To avoid this, you need
to be aware of the sneaky tricks carpet sellers use to trick you.
The Carpet Fiber Scam
The Measuring Scam
The Installation Scam
your time, do some comparison shopping by visiting a few local carpet retailers.
Take carpet samples with you from store to store. Take notes, ask questions and
email me any questions you may have.
Choosing the right carpet
for your home will be time consuming, and often complicated and frustrating. Getting a fair & square price for
your entire carpet job will require some serious reading about carpet
specifications and about the fibers they use to make carpets.
installed improperly can easily lose HALF of it's intended lifespan. You need to
make sure your carpet is installed correctly. You will need to check
your carpet installer's references, make a few phone calls, verify your
state contractor requirements, Verify the surety bond, state license,
liability insurance and even verify the Workers' Compensation Insurance policy. These are just a few reasons why you need my help and advice!
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.
Choosing new Carpet
requires you becoming knowledgeable about carpet construction. Here are a few critical areas
that you need to learn about in order to make an informed choice.
Longevity vs. Carpet
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. Don't make the costly mistake of buying new carpet
and padding until you learn how to select the right carpet for your
needs and goals.
Start by taking my FREE
Carpet Foot Traffic Test to see what GRADE you need to buy that
will last as long as many years as you desire!
Homeowners need to
know what pitfalls to watch out for and how to avoid common carpet buying
mistakes, sneaky sales gimmicks and common sales gimmicks. I will
also show you how to avoid
Common Scams and Rip offs. Common
Consumer Carpet Buying Mistakes
Keys to Getting a Great Carpet Deal!
Expert advice about Carpet
How to get Accurate Measuring
How to get Qualified Carpet Installation
Where to find the Best Service and Price
Expert tips to Choosing
How much does Carpet Installation Cost
Most consumers get it
wrong with at least one or more of these four 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 make
it right. Don't become a victim of a scam! Read more about
must choose the right Grade (quality) and style of carpet as is predetermined by
your own specific Needs, Goals and Lifestyle. The
only way to determine this effectively is to have a fundamental understanding of Carpet
Specifications including face-weight, pile height, tuft
twist and fiber type and how they affect carpet durability and
factors that need to be considered are anti-static and anti-stain
properties of the carpet in question. Let me help you make
sense of it all...
to Buy Carpet Wisely in Today's Marketplace. The
first thing most folks want to know is Carpet Prices: Learn more about How
Much Does New Carpet Cost? Be sure to take my FREE
Carpet Foot Traffic Test to see which grade of carpet you need to buy for