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Common Carpet Buying Mistakes

By Alan Fletcher - Carpet Expert & Consumer Advocate

 

Consumers are frequently misinformed, given bad advice, over-charged or sold the wrong materials for their needs, goals or application. 

 

There are too many Carpet and floorcovering salespeople that will do or say just about anything to convince you to buy from them. Most are commissioned salespeople, and for them, no sale means no pay, and hunger can easily cause some salespeople to sacrifice integrity. 

 

This is why you should never buy carpet based solely on the advice of a carpet salesperson. You need the advice of someone who has your best interests in mind and who doesn't sell carpet for a living. Someone like me.

 

Buying carpet is complicated and you need to know exactly what you are doing if you want to get the best deal and have it last as long as possible. You need to know why one carpet will last for twenty years yet another carpet that looks exactly the same will wear out in five. Knowledge is power. Knowledge is how you protect yourself from buying the wrong materials and paying too much. 

 

Too many people have limited knowledge about the carpet they've purchased. They know how much they spent on it and the name of the color, but they donít have a clue what fiber the carpet is made of. Why? They have trusted the salesperson to make all the decisions for them. Sometimes that works and everything turns out all right, but more often it is a very costly mistake.

 

 

Alan's Recommendations:

 

  1. Donít allow any carpet salesperson to make carpet choices for you. 

  2. Take samples home and take your time choosing the Best Carpet Style for you.

  3. Learn about Carpet Specifications; Carpet Fibers, Tuft Twist, Pile Density, Pile Height and Face-Weight.

  4. Learn what Grade of Carpet is capable of meeting your needs, goals and your lifestyle.

  5. Take my free Carpet Foot-Traffic Test to help determine what grade of carpet you need to select.

 

But remember....

 

"Unless the salesperson asks you a lot of questions about your flooring needs in an honest attempt to help you select the right product to best serve your needs, you can assume that they are interested in nothing more than their next paycheck. In that case they will likely applaud any selection you might make regardless of it being a wise selection for you or not."  - Alan Fletcher

 

 

In-Home Measuring Scams

 

You stand to lose hundreds if your home is improperly measured. Most carpet salespeople are not very good at measuring. It takes years to learn to measure like a pro. I know, because I installed carpet for over 30 years.  Learn more about How To Measure Carpet

 

Is the salesperson coming over to measure your home tonight to measure how much carpet you need? Great! Whatever you do, don't sign on the dotted line until you verify the measurements! If you don't, you may be the next victim of the "mis-measuring" scam!

 

Who should you trust to measure your home?  How do you determine how much carpet and pad you need? If you  trust the carpet salesperson to determine your measurements you could easily over-pay. In fact, it is very common for consumers to be charged hundreds extra for the job. 

 

Anyone could be over-measured by 20 yards of carpet or more and probably never be aware of it. This is a serious problem in the industry, learn the smart ways to get accurate measuring for your home before you select the carpet you want. You stand to lose hundreds if your home is improperly measured. 

 

Don't be fooled into thinking that measuring carpet yourself is the only smart way to save money on your carpet purchase. Measuring carpet can be very difficult and is easy to do incorrectly.

 

How to measure for Carpet in 4 simple steps

 

 

 

 

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