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By Alan Fletcher - 30-year Carpet Expert & Trusted Consumer Advocate
Welcome to CarpetProfessor.com! I retired after 30-years in the carpet business and no longer Sell or Install carpet or flooring.
My goal is to help homeowners make wise and informed carpet buying choices. Everything you need to know about buying 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 carpet information and unbiased advice to help you choose wisely and help you save hundreds, if not thousands on your next new carpet purchase!
Take your time and read through all my free articles, take my powerful Carpet Foot Traffic Test, print out my free checklists and take my challenging Carpet Quiz. Take time to fully analyze all my pricing charts and print out my free discount coupon for up to $100 off new carpet and my useful carpet shopping forms. Take a look at my free Carpet Buying Checklist.
Don't be a victim! I've been helping homeowners avoid common carpet scams and save money on new carpet and flooring for over 18 years! 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!
Why I Created This Website...
Free Carpet Information for Homeowners
After one or two visits to a carpet retailer, most homeowners will quickly discover that selecting new carpet is very difficult, time consuming and confusing. My website was created to help educate homeowners sort through all the carpet buying nonsense. I think all homeowners deserve to have simple and honest carpet buying choices but for the past 30 years that's not been the case.
Most of the "free" carpet information I find posted on the internet is either 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.
Online Business or Contractor Reviews
Don't make the mistake of believing all those online reviews about businesses or contractors. Most of the reviews are not worth considering. Why? There are many reasons why, 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.
The best online reviews are posted by homeowners who have had many dealings with various types of businesses and contractors over many 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 with decades of experience dealing with dozens of businesses and contractors.
I don't make any decisions based on online reviews.
Some of the best businesses and contractors have negative reviews posted on the internet. You should not put too much weight based on online reviews because they not be accurate or may be skewed or falsified just to make the business look bad.
It is common for some sly business owners or salespeople post negative reviews just 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. The business who is the victim of these fake reviews have no way to remove or combat this type of assault and often suffer significant loss of business revenue as a result. For this reason, I suggest you don't believe everything you read.
I rely on Corporate Business Records, Better Business Bureau reports and a nice website that offers clear and transparent ownership, staff and business practices can help give you peace of mind when choosing a carpet or flooring dealer to buy from.
Or, you can also choose to trust me by getting a free estimate from one of my hand-picked locally-owned and family-run dealers listed in my Preferred Carpet and Flooring Dealer Directory
There 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? How to Verify a Contractor's License
Personally, I put ZERO value in companies like Angie's List, Thumbtack or Home Advisor aka Service Magic, because they are in the business of selling your project information (as Lead Generators) to multiple contractors when you go online and submit a form asking for free bids or estimates.
These contractors or businesses pay a hefty fee for each and every "lead" that they receive from these "lead generators" and that is why you get so many calls from local contractors who want to be the company you choose to do business with. The high cost of these "paid leads" will surely be factored into your bid or estimate. This means you will be paying more.
Open Your Eyes! Don't be the victim of a scam!
Read What ConsumerAffairs.com has to say about these companies:
This information is why I say that if you don't do your carpet homework, you stand to lose hundreds if not thousands on your new carpet or flooring purchase. You don't need to submit your information to one of these "lead generators" as you can locate plenty of contractors to get free estimates all by yourself with little effort.
There are literally dozens of ways for you to make simple but costly mistakes and end up unhappy with the end result. Making wise carpet choices requires that you do your carpet homework before you begin shopping for carpet.
I can't tell you what carpet to buy, but I can give you 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.
Watch 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.
Buying Locally is Important for So Many Reasons!
You 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.
You 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 reputable dealer.
For 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!
Choosing the Right Carpet Fiber
Nylon 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 application, or you have frequent pet accidents and/or you plan to move soon or plan to replace your carpet within 3 to 7 years. Learn More about Carpet Fibers
More key information:
Unfortunately, most homeowners...
1. Choose the Wrong Grade of Carpet...
Because they buy the wrong grade of carpet for their needs!
2. Pay Too Much for Materials & Labor...
Because they don't compare several bids or estimates!
3. Have their Carpet Installed improperly...
Because they don't buy from a reputable flooring dealer!
4. Unknowingly void their carpet warranty...
Because they don't maintain their new carpet properly!
It's 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 cannot go back and blame the salesperson for giving you bad or wrong advice. Only buy from a reputable carpet dealer!
Be Careful Who You Trust!
Many 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 lifestyle.
Unfortunately there are also plenty of unscrupulous carpet salespeople who are hoping to overcharge you by using sneaky sales tactics, deceptive advertising gimmicks, bait & switch tricks and literally dozens of other common retail carpet scams!
Read more about Costly Carpet Buying Mistakes
Measuring for Carpet
If you get three carpet estimates from three different carpet dealers, I guarantee you will get three different estimates for the amount of material your home requires.
Some salespeople over-measure intentionally while other salespeople over-measure because they are not well trained at the art of carpet measuring. They would rather order too much material than to not have enough material to complete the job. This means you are paying for material and labor costs that are far above what is necessary. This can easily cost you hundreds or thousands more that is necessary.
Why? Because 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 why is one estimate higher or lower than the other.
Not sure if your free estimate/measurement is correct?
Carpet Measuring Scams
Unscrupulous 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?
Salespeople who lack measuring experience can cost you plenty.
It 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 you hundreds!
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.
To 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 reasonable price!
Carpet Prices - Revise Your Carpet Budget
Carpet 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!
Choosing the Right Grade of Carpet is not as easy as most folks think. It's not like it was 30 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!
The 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 pile with 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.
Don't buy a carpet just because you love the color or it feels nice and soft! If you want a carpet that will last a long time, you need to select a carpet made from the most durable materials!
Here are 5 "Key Carpet Specifications" you need to know and understand.
Learn More: Carpet Manufacturing Specifications Explained
Carpet Padding Specifications
It's also very important to choose the correct carpet padding for your home. Some pads offer excellent support for your carpet while others are not so great and are way over-priced.
It is 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.
Read more about Choosing the Right Carpet Pad and Padding Specifications
Ready to Begin Your Carpet Buying Journey?
You first need to take my Free Carpet Foot Traffic Test to help determine what grade of carpet you need to buy for your home. You also need to know the honest answers the following questions:
1. What is the level of foot traffic in your home?
Low? Medium? Moderate? Heavy?
2. How long do you want your new carpet to last?
5 years? 10 years? 15 years? 20 years?
3. How much carpet do you need?
Sooner or later you may need to have someone come to your home to measure for carpet. Here is where you can encounter a major problem or carpet scam. Measuring for carpet is an art, and few carpet salespeople are well trained at measuring. While some homes are easy to measure, others can be quite tricky. You want to make sure that your home is measured accurately and so there the least amount of material waste possible. It's important that you are proactive in learning how much carpet you require or you may be overcharged or worse.
Learn More: How to Measure for Carpet Yourself!
4. How to Choose the Right Grade of Carpet
Many homeowners choose their carpet based on color, look, feel and price. However, there are many other important factors that need to be taken into consideration. From start to finish you must make all the right decisions to be successful and satisfied with the final outcome.
Learn more: Carpet Comparison
5. How To Choose the Correct Padding?
There are many different types of carpet padding and it's important to select the right pad.
Read more: Choosing the Right Carpet Padding
6. Calculate your Carpet Installation Costs
Most residential carpet is installed for a fixed amount based on the amount of material required to do the job. A common price per square yard might be $4.50 to $6.50. Looped Berber carpets are more difficult to install and there is usually an up charge of a dollar or two per square yard. You will incur additional installation fees or charges for services beyond the normal scope of carpet installation these include: Stairs, Transitions and Thresholds, Floor Preparation, Furniture Moving, Custom upholstery, Removal and haul away of old carpet & pad and installation... to name just a few of the more common extra fees and charges you might encounter.
Learn more: Carpet Installation Costs.
7. Adjust Your Carpet Budget
Now you have all the information you need to calculate a basic idea about how much you need to spend to buy the right grade of carpet for your home. This is the point where most homeowners experience some degree of "Sticker-Shock!" Next take a look at my Carpet and Pad Pricing Chart. Also, when you visit my Preferred Carpet Dealer Directory print out my free discount coupon to get up to $100 off your next purchase!
More Key Information You Need..
Getting Your New Carpet Installed Properly - Most installers are not properly trained...This means you need to make sure your carpet is installed correctly. I have compiled a lot of useful information to help you. Finding a Qualified Carpet Installer Read more: Carpet Installation Cost
How to get a fair & square price on your entire carpet job - Again, you need to buy from a reputable flooring dealer. Start by visiting my Preferred Carpet Dealer Directory.
Important: You must properly maintain your new carpet by:
"You must choose the right Grade of Carpet that is designed to tolerate YOUR unique level of foot traffic for the length of time you desire."
This sounds easy, but as you will soon discover... Choosing the right carpet is NOT easy or simple. Buying new carpet today is more complicated and confusing than ever, even for seasoned and experienced homeowners who have purchased new carpet many times in the past!
Where NOT to Buy New Carpet:
Where you buy carpet is a major factor because not all carpet retailers have your best interests in mind, and some carpet retailers should be avoided at all costs! Buying new carpet wisely starts with knowing how to select the right grade of carpet for your home!
The last thing you want to do is buy the wrong grade of carpet and have it wear out in a hurry. There are many other key factors for you to consider too including - Selecting the correct padding; obtaining qualified installation; and getting a good price!
Learn more about Best & Worst Places to Buy New Carpet
Learn How to Avoid Costly Carpet Buying Mistakes... I have a list of common carpet complaints from homeowners who bought new carpet and why they were unhappy with their carpet purchase.
My years of experience and ongoing research has revealed that fewer than 14% of consumers make ALL the right Carpet choices from start to finish. The other 86% either spend too much, choose the wrong materials, end up with installation problems or unhappy in some way with their Carpet Buying Experience.
What can go wrong you might ask? Plenty! These unfortunate homeowners didn't do their carpet homework and have paid the price!
Read more: Costly Carpet Buying Mistakes
Learn How To Avoid Common Carpet Scams...
There are plenty of Carpet scams to watch out for. The best way to avoid carpet scams is to buy from a locally owned, honest and reputable carpet dealer. I find they offer much better customer service both before and after the sale. Buying carpet or flooring from a nationally advertised retail conglomerate like Empire Today or Big Box home improvement stores like Home Depot or Lowe's may be tempting due to their television advertising gimmicks, but I think they should be avoided. Learn the truth about $37 Carpet Installation specials or similar.
How Much Do I Need to Spend to Get the Quality I Require?
New Carpet is way more costly today than most homeowners expect so don't be shocked when you see the prices. You don't want to spend too little and have it wear out too fast and you don't want to spend more than necessary to get the grade of carpet you require. Take a look at my Carpet and Pad Pricing Chart to get a good idea about how much you need to spend on new carpet that is "Just Right" to meet your needs and goals! Expert Carpet buying information for homeowners, how to choose carpet wisely, save money and avoid scams!
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*I do not provide professional legal advice on any level. I am not an attorney. If you want or need professional legal advice you should seek the advice from an attorney.