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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, tile and flooring. To make sure you make wise and informed choices, I have put together a simple Carpet Buying Checklist to help you understand and deal with 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! Recommended Carpet Stores Near You







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! Recommended Carpet Stores Near You




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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 of what you paid for the "carpet only" if you ever need to file a warranty claim.



If you NEED to hire an independent CARPET installer... Then Read This Article


However, if your Carpet Dealer is providing carpet installation services for you as part of the deal, then the following questions are not as critical as your flooring dealer is generally responsible to make sure the installer they provide is well-qualified and has all his legal affairs in order. (you hope)*


Even so, you still might want to ask these questions... 

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

  • Write down the full name and phone number of the installer and the names of all his helpers.

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

  • Ask if he has a surety bond and business liability Insurance. 

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You have the right to ask your installer for an insurance rider to be issued in your name and mailed or faxed to you prior to having any work performed. 


  • Discuss this with your carpet retailer prior to ordering your new carpet. This can provide you with added protection in some circumstances. 

  • Seek professional advice from an attorney if you need more information*

  • If your installer has helpers, ask to see his Worker's Compensation Policy Rider that lists all the names of his helpers.*

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


What To Do On "Carpet 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.


What to do "After The Carpet Is installed"...


  • 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 New Carpet Warranty and Read it.

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


Proper New CARPET Care and Carpet Maintenance...


  • Read the manufacturer's Carpet Stain Warranty and follow all suggestions and requirements.

  • Vacuum your carpet regularly. Spot clean as necessary. Never use bleach on your carpet unless it is recommended in your new carpet warranty.

  • Consider buying a New Vacuum. Visit my Best Vacuums page to learn more.

  • Keep all receipts for professional carpet cleanings, as they are required as proof of proper maintenance if you ever need to file a warranty claim.

  • Always hire a professional certified carpet cleaning company.

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

  • Always hire a Certified Carpet Cleaning Company.

  • Learn more about carpet care and maintenance: How often should I have my carpets cleaned?


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