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Hosted by Alan Fletcher, 30-year Carpet Expert & Nationally Recognized Consumer Advocate


Welcome! 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 helping 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 homeowners! 




New carpet or flooring is likely going to cost MORE than you expect! 

Most homeowners experience some degree of sticker shock when they discover the true "final 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 properly. 


There 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 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. 


Here 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. 



Some 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 home... the 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.



Learn 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. 


This 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 more


Again, 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.



Learn the Untold Truth about Buying Carpet!


The retail 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...



So what does all this mean to you? 


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. 


#1 The Carpet Fiber Scam

#2 The Measuring Scam

#3 The Installation Scam


Take 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.


Carpet 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. 



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. 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



Six 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 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 common Carpet Scams.



Buying New Carpet Wisely


You 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 longevity. Other 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... 


How 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 your home!




Alan's Preferred Carpet Dealers

It's getting harder to find an honest and reputable Carpet Dealer these days! That's why I've compiled my own special hand-picked list of over 350 locally-owned Carpet Dealers who offer free estimates, have fair prices, knowledgeable staff, do honest measures and provide qualified installers! See who I recommend Near You!


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