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By Alan Fletcher - 30-year Carpet Expert & Consumer Advocate


I don't sell or install carpet anymore, I retired after more than 30-years in the carpet business. My goal today is to help homeowners make wise and informed carpet buying choices! 


I offer my advice and experience free of charge. Everything you need to know about buying new carpet wisely can be found on my websites. From choosing the right carpet and padding to making sure your carpet is installed correctly. I even have a short list of honest and reputable locally-owned Carpet Dealers that I am happy to recommend near you.


To get started, you can start by scrolling down this page or by visiting my Sitemap to locating your particular area of interest. Everything from carpet styles to carpet fibers, types of padding to carpet cost or carpet installation costs, I have dozens of free articles posted to help you. I also have over 200 common Carpet Buying Q & A you can read through if you wish.


You can also use the "Search My Site!" option on the left side of this page to enter any Carpet Question you might have. It will show you all the articles I have written that are related to your query.



What you need to know first: I never recommend buying new carpet from big box retailers like Home Depot or Lowe's. I also suggest you avoid buying carpet from shop-at-home retailers like Costco and Empire Today. Find out why Here.



Five Key Factors Homeowners Need to Know...


1. New carpet is more costly than you think!


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. 


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 a bit more for installation costs and floor preparation fees.  How Much Does Carpet Cost?



2. Unscrupulous Flooring Retailers may try to over-charge you...  


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 means you will also be overcharged for padding and installation too since the total price you pay is based upon the total amount of carpet (or other flooring) material you require.


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 sly 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. 


How will you know if you have been over-measured? 


You could Learn how to measure for carpet yourself, or you could get three of four different bids/estimates from locally owned dealers and compare them all side by side. The best way to avoid the common measuring scam is to buy from an honest and reputable flooring dealer. Since 2008, I have been putting together my own short list of locally-owned and family run carpet stores that have passed my strict requirements. How to Measure for Carpet in 4 Simple Steps


See who I recommend near you.



3. List of 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 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. 


#1 The Carpet Fiber Scam - They tell you polyester is just as durable as nylon. 

#2 The Measuring Scam - They over-charge you for materials and labor.

#3 The Installation Scam - They offer free basic installation then add on more fees.


Read more about common Carpet Scams


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. Take notes, ask questions and feel free to email me any carpet buying questions you may have along your journey.


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 serious 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. How much does Carpet Installation Cost? How to get Qualified Carpet Installation



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 more about Carpet Padding


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. 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. 


I highly recommend you start by taking my FREE Carpet Foot Traffic Test to see what GRADE you need to buy. You want to choose the right grade of carpet and padding that is capable of tolerating your level of foot traffic for as many years as you desire.



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.



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!



Best Places - How to buy carpetTo Buy New Carpet? 

It's getting harder to find honest and reputable Carpet Dealers these days! That's why I've compiled my own special hand-picked list of over 400 locally-owned Carpet Dealers who offer free estimates, have fair prices, have knowledgeable staff, do honest measures and provide qualified installers! See Who I Recommend Near You!



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