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


What Homeowners Need To Do... Before, During & After Buying New Carpet!


Many homeowners unknowingly make simple but Costly Mistakes when buying and selecting new carpet. To make sure you make wise and informed choices, I have put together a simple Carpet Buying Checklist to take away some of the chaos that you might encounter.


I designed this checklist to help homeowners avoid common and costly pitfalls and help make sure that choosing new carpet is less confusing, simplified and stress-free. I want to help you enjoy your carpet buying experience from start to finish!


Buying new carpet can be quite confusing and it takes a lot of time and energy to choose the right carpet that is capable of meeting all your needs and goals. The more you learn about how to buy new carpet, the happier you will be with your new carpet for many years to come. 


My website is totally free so take your time and read through my entire website. Take advantage of all my insider secrets about "how to choose the right grade of carpet" and "how to select the correct padding" and make sure you get qualified installation too... All at a fair & square price! 



Alan's Carpet Buying Checklist

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



Before you buy new Carpet…




  • Do all interior painting at least one month prior or wait until after the carpet is installed.






During The Carpet Buying Process...




  • Get bids and estimates in writing and get every detail written down on the contract!


  • Don't be pressured into buying or agree to buy on the first visit. (in-home or in-store)





  • Keep the original carpet sample until after the carpet has been installed,  for comparison purposes.


  • Keep the original sales receipt and make sure the price of the carpet is shown separate from the price of the pad and installation. You will need this as proof if you ever file a warranty claim.




If you plan to hire an independent installer... Read this article


If your carpet dealer is supplying the installers and arranging your installation for you, then the following 6 questions are unnecessary as the dealer will be responsible to make sure the installer is qualified and has all legal affairs in order.



1. You have the right to know the name of everyone who is working in your home. 


2. Write down the full name and phone number of the installer, and the names of all helpers.


3. Ask for his State Issued Contractor's License Number if required in your State.


4. Ask if he has a surety bond and business liability Insurance. Ask for an insurance rider to be issued in your name and mailed or faxed to you prior to having any work performed.


5. If he has helpers, ask to see the Worker's Compensation Policy Rider that lists the names of helpers.


6. Check the policy dates carefully to make sure they are current and all premiums have been paid.



On Installation day...



  • When the installers arrive, check the carpet color and style to make sure it is what you ordered.


  • Have furniture, wall pictures and knick-knacks removed from all rooms and areas to be carpeted.

  • Make sure all valuables are put away safe and secure.

  • Have all rooms pre-heated to at least 70 degrees, 3 hours before and during installation.

  • Make sure kids and pets are safely out of the way in all areas to be carpeted.


  • Never allow children or pets to roam free during installation.




After installation...



  • Do a walk-around with the installer and inspect the job thoroughly.


  • Make sure all your concerns are addressed before the installer leaves your home.


  • Get your installation warranty in writing. Obtain a copy of the Carpet Warranty and read it.


  • Do not make the final payment until you are fully satisfied.



Proper Care and Maintenance...


  • Vacuum your carpet regularly. Spot clean as necessary. Never use bleach on your carpet.


  • Consider buying a new vacuum. Visit my Best Vacuums page to learn more


  • Keep all receipts for professional cleanings, as they are required as proof of proper maintenance.


  • Always hire a professional certified carpet cleaning company. 

  • Never use a rented carpet cleaning machine to clean your carpets while under warranty.





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