Carpet Buying Information for Homeowners!
30-year Carpet Expert & Trusted Consumer Advocate
I retired after 30+years in the
carpet business and no longer Sell or Install
carpet or flooring. Want to learn all the secrets I know about making wise
and informed Carpet choices? Want to save time and money? This is a free
service for homeowners.
My goal is to help you save money and learn how to make wise and informed
carpet buying choices. Everything you need to know about selecting new carpet
is posted on my website and is provided absolutely free with
no strings attached whatsoever.
I encourage you to take full advantage of all my free
and unbiased advice to help you choose wisely and help you save hundreds, if not thousands on your next new
carpet purchase! See my Recommended
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be the Victim of a RETAIL CARPET SCAM!
I've been helping homeowners avoid common carpet scams and save
money on new carpet and flooring for over 20 years! It's easy to make
costly mistakes when choosing new carpet. Be very careful who's
opinion and advice you trust! Most carpet websites do not provide complete,
accurate or honest carpet buying information and advice! Buy the wrong grade of carpet
and you stand to lose hundreds or even thousands! I am here to help you make
sense of it all.
Take your time and read through all my free articles,
take my powerful Carpet
Foot Traffic Test, print out my free Carpet
Durability Guide and take my challenging Carpet
Take time to fully analyze all my
Carpet and Padding Pricing
Charts and print
out my free discount Coupon for up to $100 off
the retail price for New Carpet. Take a look at my free Carpet
Checklist to learn what things you need to do BEFORE you have New Carpet
Installed in your home.
I Created This Website...
Carpet Information for Homeowners
one or two visits to a carpet retailer, most
homeowners will quickly discover that selecting New Carpet is very difficult, time consuming and confusing. This website was created to help educate homeowners sort through all the carpet buying
nonsense and confusion.
I believe all homeowners deserve to have simple and honest carpet buying choices,
but for the past 30 years that's not been the case. There are lots of
common carpet scams to look out for.
the "free" carpet information I find posted on the internet is either
severely limited, wrong or misleading. It's hard to find honest and candid advice that will truly
help you choose wisely and avoid common carpet scams. You can trust my 30+
years of carpet experience and over 20 years as a consumer advocate. Learn
more about me and the decades of carpet and flooring experience in my family here.
Business or Contractor Reviews
Don't make the mistake of
believing all those online reviews about businesses or contractors. Most of
the reviews I read are not worth considering. Why? There are many reasons, but
first of all, most homeowners have limited experience dealing with businesses
and contractors and may not know how to tell if a contractor did a fair job or
did a really great job.
best online reviews are posted by homeowners who have had many dealings with
various types of businesses and contractors over many years. You
have no way of knowing if the review you are reading was written by someone
who has dealt with just one contractor or by someone who has decades of
experience dealing with dozens of businesses and contractors.
decisions based on online reviews.
of the best businesses and contractors have negative reviews posted on the
internet. You should not put too much value based on online reviews because
they not be accurate or may be skewed or falsified just to make the business
is common for some sly business owners or salespeople to post negative reviews
to hurt nearby competing businesses. They try to make the review sound
real and honest but in reality it is a fake review with no merit. Businesses
who are the victims of these fake reviews have no way to remove or combat this
type of nasty assault and often suffer significant loss of revenue as a
result. For this reason, I suggest you don't believe everything you read on
rely on Corporate Business Records, Better Business Bureau reports and a nicely
done website that offers clear and transparent ownership, a list of staff and business
practices can help give you peace of mind when choosing a carpet or flooring
dealer to buy from. See which carpet and flooring dealers I Recommend Near You
are many ways to vet a business or contractor before you agree to hiring or buy
from them. Looking to Vet a Carpet or Flooring Installer? This free article will
help you: How to Verify a Contractor's License
There are literally dozens of ways for
homeowners to make simple but
costly mistakes and end up very unhappy with the end result. Making wise carpet choices requires that you do your carpet homework before you begin
shopping for carpet.
can't tell you exactly what carpet to buy, but I can give you my unbiased advice to help
you make wise and informed choices. Take a look at my sitemap
to see if I have already answered your question in one of my free articles. Take
my free Carpet
Foot-Traffic Test to help determine what Grade of Carpet you need to
more: What Grade of Carpet Should I Select?
Out For Greedy Carpet Retailers!
Many carpet retailers
hire pushy salespeople who will say or do just about anything to close
the sale! Some of these sales professional know very little about
carpet. They are hired because they are good at closing the sale. That means
they don't take NO for an answer.
They will keep grinding on you to wear you
down until you finally say YES, agree to buy and write them a check. In reality,
you likely agreed to buy only because you thought it was the only way to get
them to LEAVE your home! If this has recently happened to you, you should know
that you usually have a three-day
right of rescission to cancel your order. You have to act fast and follow
some rules set forth by the FTC.
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Locally is Important for So Many Reasons!
need to make sure you only buy from a reputable, locally owned carpet dealer with honest and knowledgeable salespeople who will take their time to help
you choose new carpet and flooring wisely, to measure your home accurately and
to give you a fair and square deal.
should NEVER feel pressured into buying any flooring products until you are
fully satisfied with your selection and are sure that you are buying from a
this reason and many more is why I decided to create my website and to expose the truth about the carpet
business and to educate and inform homeowners how to choose new carpet wisely
and to show homeowners how to avoid common carpet scams!
the Right Carpet Fiber
is the most durable synthetic fiber available today. Beware
of Carpet Retailers or Salespeople who recommend you buy carpet made from Polyester
or P.E.T. Polyester and say it is "just as
durable" as a carpet made from Nylon. Carpets made from Polyester tend to mat
down very quickly in medium to heavy traffic applications, especially in main
walkways, hallways and on stairs.
Carpet made from Polyester may be a good
choice for you if cost is a major issue, or if you have a low foot-traffic
you have frequent pet accidents and/or you plan to move soon or plan to replace your carpet within
3 to 7 years.
More about Carpet Fibers
FREE key information:
you need to know about choosing and buying Carpet, Padding and Installation can be found
on this website.
Visit my Carpet Q & A pages to read my
answers to common carpet buying questions.
You can print out all my pages, analyze useful charts, print free shopping forms and shopping forms and even print out my Special
Discount Coupon that could save you up to $100 on new carpet.
1. Choose the
Wrong Grade of Carpet...
they buy the wrong grade of carpet for their needs!
Too Much for Materials & Labor...
they don't compare several bids or estimates!
their Carpet Installed improperly...
they don't buy from a reputable flooring dealer!
void their carpet warranty...
they don't maintain their new carpet properly!
Carpet Professor Says...
your responsibility to choose new carpet wisely. You should never rely solely on any
one salesperson to make your carpet
and padding choices for you. If
your new carpet does not perform as expected, you
go back and blame the salesperson for giving you bad or wrong advice. Only
from a reputable carpet dealer!
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Careful Who's Advice You Trust!
carpet salespeople lack sufficient "hands-on" carpet experience and don't
have enough product knowledge to know what grade of carpet is able to meet YOUR needs, goals and
there are also plenty of unscrupulous carpet salespeople who are
overcharge you by using sneaky sales tactics, deceptive advertising gimmicks,
bait & switch tricks and literally dozens of other common retail carpet scams!
more about how to avoid Costly Carpet Buying Mistakes
Measuring for Carpet
homeowners are overcharged for Carpet, Padding and Labor!
you get three carpet estimates from three different carpet dealers, I
guarantee you will get three totally different estimates for the amount of material
your home requires and the total cost to get the job done.
salespeople over-measure intentionally while other salespeople over-measure
because they are not well-trained at the art of carpet measuring. Salespeople would
rather order too much material than to not have enough material to complete
the job. This means you could be paying for material and labor costs that are far
above what is actually necessary. This over-measuring can easily cost you hundreds or thousands more
than you should be paying.
homes are simple to measure, while other home are very complex and require a
well trained salesperson to measure accurately! Measuring for carpet can be difficult and every
carpet salesperson has their own unique methods for measuring. The hard part is
determining which bid/estimate is the best price or which measurement is the most
accurate! This is why you need to get several estimates. You need to compare
several bids side by side. Then you can start asking key questions like:
one estimate so much higher or lower than another?
salesperson has the most accurate measurement?
will be held responsible if there is not enough material to complete the
will the carpet seams be located?
diagram of the carpet layout showing seam locations and amount of material
cost breakdown showing the price of carpet separate from the cost of pad
sure if your estimate / bid or measurements are correct?
to Measure for Carpet Yourself!
carpet salespeople may also intentionally over-measure your home just to increase their
profits. A sly salesperson can easily cheat you out of your hard earned money
using any number of different carpet measuring scams. Best
places to shop for new carpet?
lacking measuring experience can cost you.
can take years to learn how to properly measure for carpet. Salespeople who
are new to the carpet business may not be very good at measuring. Their
biggest fear is not ordering enough material to finish the job, so to
prevent this, they might add an extra 10, 20, 30 or more yards of carpet
"just to make
sure" they have enough material to complete the job. This can easily cost
For example, Let's say you are spending $30 per yard for carpet,
pad and installation... Ordering just 10 extra yards more than you require
will cost you $300 plus tax. Ouch! There are smart ways to make sure you are
not a victim of a measuring scam.
Carpet Professor Says...
be successful at buying new carpet for your home, you just need to select
the right grade of carpet for your needs, choose the correct padding,
have your home accurately measured and have
it all installed by a qualified carpet installer... All for a fair and
Prices - Revise
Your Carpet Budget
is more expensive then most homeowners realize. When you finally add up all
the costs for materials and labor it can easily give you a severe case of sticker
shock. Don't settle for an inferior quality carpet. It's not a good idea to
select new carpet based on how much money you have to spend on the project
right now, as it almost always ends in frustration.
If you find that you can't afford the carpet of your dreams, either wait till
you have more money, or do
your carpet project in two or more stages, but never sacrifice quality
and settle for a lower grade of carpet!
the Right Grade of Carpet is not as easy as most folks think. It's not like it was
or 40 years
ago when choices were very limited and most carpets were manufactured quite well. Today there are thousands
of different grades, styles and quality levels to choose from. This makes it very
difficult for most homeowners to make wise choices. Choose the wrong
grade of carpet and padding and your carpet may wear out way faster than you expect.
Some Carpets are
only designed to last for just a couple years before they start to wear out... but some
carpets are made so well, they can easily last 20 years or more! What is
the difference you ask? Why do some Carpets last longer than others? It
all depends on the materials they use to manufacture the carpet! Most
important is choosing the best carpet fiber for
your needs and goals!
problem with selecting the right carpet is... You can't
tell the difference just by
looking at the Carpet samples or just by feeling the carpet
your hand. All carpets look fabulous when they are new! Everyone wants
to buy a carpet that is soft and luxurious, but just because a carpet feels soft does not mean it's durable or
able to tolerate YOUR level of foot traffic.
choose a carpet just because you love the color or because it feels so soft!
want a carpet that will last a long time, you need to select a carpet made
from the most durable materials! You need to understand what makes one carpet
more durable than another. Carpet Specifications are the key to your success!
Carpet Professor Says...
Five (5) "Key Carpet
Specifications" you need to consider carefully.
Type - Nylon, Polyester, Olefin, Sorona, P.E.T, and Wool are most
Height - Measure of the pile height from the backing, usually ranging
1/4" to over an inch
Twist - Strands of Fiber are grouped together and twisted
while heated to form a tuft. The number of twists per "lineal inch" is the
Tuft Twist Rating.
weight of the surface fiber,
also called the "Pile". Does not include the weight of the
Density - A number ranging from 1000 to 6000 to define how dense the carpet pile
is; a mathematical formula based on the pile height and face-weight.
Manufacturing Specifications Explained
Padding Specifications Explained
very important for you to choose the correct
carpet padding for your home. Don't allow the salesperson to make the
choice for you. Do your carpet padding homework if you want to save the most
money possible and get the correct padding for the carpet you have selected.
Every carpet manufacturer has padding requirements to keep your warranty
in-force. You can always call the carpet manufacturer to learn what pad you need
my List of Carpet Mill Websites
Some carpet pads offer excellent support for
your carpet and are reasonable priced, while others are not so great and are way over-priced. It's
real easy to select the wrong type or
quality of padding, or be
swayed by an inexperienced carpet salesperson to spend much more than is necessary for a
"specialty" padding, or a padding that cannot meet your
needs and goals. Beware of high-priced or
unnecessary Carpet Padding Upgrades!
Read more about Choosing
the Right Carpet Pad and about Carpet Padding Specifications.