How Much Does Carpet
Fletcher - Carpet Expert & Consumer Advocate
Cost and Carpet Quality go hand in hand. The better the quality, the longer
it can last and more it will cost.
Some Carpet retailers offer better
prices than others, some retailers offer low carpet prices and then jack-up the
price of the padding and installation.
Some offer free installation and then
surprise you with extra fees and charges you didn't expect.
need to look at the big picture when you consider the cost of buying new carpet.
This includes getting accurate measuring, qualified installation, and good
customer service before and after the sale. Even if you are on a tight
budget, you can't afford to choose a carpet that won't last as long as you
There are lots of critical choices to be made and you need to get each
and every one of them right or you stand to lose hundreds or worse. Lucky for
you, I can help you make wise and informed choices and it won't cost you a dime!
Prices and Longevity
concern as a homeowner is to correctly match up your needs, goals and lifestyle with your budget and
then factor in how
long you want your carpet to last. It sounds easy, but it's not. I'm
going to help you make sense of all the Carpet Confusion so you can make wise
and informed choices.
carpet is a lot like buying a new car. Everyone knows that you
need to do your automotive homework long before you set foot inside a new car
There are plenty of well-known websites geared toward helping
consumers make wise and informed choices on new and used car purchases. But
CARPET buyers beware!
Buying New Carpet is much more difficult than
buying a new or used car. Why? There is no regulation in the industry
and there is no Carpet Blue Book to use to your advantage.
dealer is free to charge as much as they want for materials and labor. And
in addition to making it hard to select the right carpet for you, many
carpet dealers also make it very difficult for you to comparison shop by
withholding key product information. Carpet Specifications
factors come into play when trying to figure out how long any Carpet might
last. Here are some of the key reasons that affect how long a carpet will
fiber type and style, tuft twist, density rating,
much foot traffic in the home, number of children, pets, teens.
well it is maintained, regular vacuuming, periodic cleaning etc.
well it is installed (properly stretched in, good seams)
padding is selected, type, thickness and density.
on all these factors, here is a basic guideline for how long you might
expect a carpet to last:
per square yard)
Cost Pad cost
Labor cost Total Cost
3 to 7 years
6 to 10 years
8 to 12 years
10 to 14 years
12 to 16 years
$52.00+ 15 to 20 years
and labor charges typically increase with higher quality carpet. You
must be sure the padding you select is capable to last as long as the
carpet and meets the carpet manufacturer's guidelines. It
is more difficult to install heavier carpets and labor prices will
Patterned and Looped Berber Carpet styles are typically more expensive to install.
Installing carpet on stairs usually has an additional charge per stair.
my free Carpet
Foot Traffic Test to see what Grade of Carpet you need for your home.
carpet dealers and manufacturers remove, hide or alter key carpet information to prevent you
from making wise choices. They will change the names on the labels, they remove the important manufacturing specifications and they will hide
all the basic product information you need to be able to comparison shop.
this to prevent you from comparison shopping at other stores. How do you overcome this
problem? Carpet Specifications
need honest and accurate Carpet advice.
Are you surfing
the internet for honest and accurate carpet information? Just like you, I
search the internet looking for one source of complete, honest and accurate carpet
buying information. It's not out there. Only on my website are you able to
learn the truth and the whole truth. Trust me when I say that practically all carpet websites I find
don't tell you the whole truth. They will tell you THEIR version of the truth.
It's a limited version that purposely omits any negative or unpleasant
information about their products. They highlight all the positive aspects
but leave out all the down and dirty truths that you as a consumer really
need to know. Read more about Carpet
in business to sell carpet and many are honest and reputable. But even in
the Best Carpet Stores some carpet
salespeople will say just about anything to
earn your business, even if what they have to say is totally WRONG!
Some salespeople are very hungry, some are
new to the business, some used to sell used cars and may try to use tricky
sales tactics to get you to buy today! Maybe they sold copiers or maybe they used
to flip burgers at a fast food restaurant, you just never know.
you have to always be on guard and never blindly trust any salesperson's advice until
you have a chance to verify the information or advice you have been given.
Alan's Best Advice
of the Day...
"Just because they
work for a Carpet or Flooring store does not mean they are qualified to
give you advice about choosing the right carpet for your home!"
The truth is, a
surprising number of carpet salespeople have limited product experience beyond the
limited scope of the manufacturers brochure. This means they really don't
know how to advise you properly.
They don't usually have any first-hand
product experience. They have never installed any carpet or flooring
products. They may have lots of sales experience and may even have sold
thousands of rolls of carpet during their many years as a flooring salesperson.
Should you trust their advice? Should you believe everything they tell you? I
think you should be very cautious and take your time making your choices and
finalizing your decisions.
Newly hired carpet
salespeople don't want you to know that they are new or inexperienced so
they may advise you based what they have read in manufacturers brochures or
may have overheard other salespeople selling other customers.
will just try to sell you based on "what you can afford" whether or not it is the right choice to meet
your needs, goals, or lifestyle. In this scenario, you will only get what you
pay for and in a short period of time your carpet will wear out and in the
end... you will be
very unhappy with your purchase.
afford to rely on any salesperson's lack of experience, their lack of product
knowledge or their
lack of care and concern for you and your hard earned money. Carpet is a major homeowner expense and
you cannot afford to make ANY mistakes.