Most two-bedroom homes
require about 100 square yards of carpet, or 900 square feet.
If you were to select a carpet that cost $20 per
square yard installed, for 100 yards your total price would be two
thousand dollars. When the salesperson measures your home, all
they have to do is tell you that you need 110 yards of carpet, your total price would be $2200.00, a difference of $200! It really is that easy to overcharge you for
materials and labor, and it is very common!
measuring for carpet is a learned ability. An experienced carpet
salesperson can save you a lot
of money by efficiently and strategically measuring your home and utilizing
material waste from one area and apply it in another area to save you money. In contrast, An inexperienced carpet salesperson can mistakenly over-measure,
not make good use of materials and charge you hundreds more for materials
and labor than necessary!
worse... An unscrupulous carpet salesperson can intentionally
over-measure you and thereby over-charging you by hundreds or more for materials and labor... and
how you may never become aware of it.
Any homeowner could easily be over-measured by 10,
20, 30 yards
or more and
never know it. This could easily cost you hundreds or even thousands more than
necessary. If you have a large home, you could be overcharged for thousands
of dollars and never know it! You need to learn how to avoid this common carpet scam, and many
other common carpet scams. Read on...
Carpet Salespeople are Lousy at Measuring.
for Carpet is not easy and it takes years to truly master it.
took me ten years to become proficient at measuring for carpet. Some homes
are easy to measure. Some are really difficult to measure. One room is
simple. Add a few more rooms and a staircase and a hallway and it gets more
challenging. A large home with many angles and curves and it can become a
nightmare and time-consuming to measure accurately.
this case, what inexperienced carpet salespeople generally do is to
over-measure. Why? They would rather order way too much material than to
order too little material. It is embarrassing for them to order too little
material and not have enough carpet to finish the job. It is an obvious sign
of incompetence. This fact should make you take a deep breath and consider
your situation carefully.
you have a large home or have a difficult layout? You need to have your home
measured by an experienced professional, and verify the measurements at
least once or twice before you commit to buying.
Some carpet salespeople are well trained and can save
you the most money by measuring your home accurately and minimizing waste. Some salespeople are
lousy at measuring and will cost you hundreds more than necessary. Whether they are
just bad at measuring, don't care or just
make simple mistakes with their math, you shouldn't have to pay for more material
than you actually require.
The best way to avoid
incompetent measuring job or an outright measuring scam is to get
several estimates from several different sources and compare side by side. But realize this,
it's not easy to know which estimate is the most accurate. You can't assume
the lowest estimate is the most accurate. The last thing you want is to not
order enough material to do the job. This is why I
have created my own hand-picked list of locally owned Carpet Dealers. See
who I recommend near you
Carpet Measurements are the Most Accurate?
almost all cases, if you get three free carpet estimates, you will get three
totally different measuring results. This is because measuring for carpet is
really an art-form. Everyone measures a little bit differently. For example,
some carpet salespeople add an extra 5% for seaming while others add a
few extra inches in material length for each room. But beware: the lowest measuring
estimate is not always the most accurate so you have to be careful who's
estimate you choose to trust, and ultimately agree to purchase.
sneaky carpet salespeople will give you a measurement that is a few yards
less than all the other estimates you get, just to get you to go with them.
They do this purposely. They are prepared to add the missing yards back to
your total after you agree to buy from them. They get the sale because they
lied to you about how much material you need, but in the end they will
because they make up the difference by fudging the numbers. They make a
little bit less profit, but they get the job and add on some extra costs on
the backside. You end up paying more in the end.
Some salespeople will not want to show you
their measurements or give you a complete copy of the diagrams they have
created, but instead will try to
convince you to agree to "One Price for the Whole Job". While
this is a common practice that many retailers use, you still should be able
to get a basic breakdown of the cost of carpet, the cost of padding and the
cost for installation, if you ask for it.
always ask for the measurement totals and
make sure you know exactly what you are being charged for each separate item: cost of
the carpet, the pad, the installation, any extra fees and charges. Some
dealers resist giving a detailed invoice, but at the
very least you must receive a sales receipt or invoice that shows the cost
of the carpet (how much per square yard or square foot) shown
separate from the cost of the padding and installation.
A sales receipt showing the cost of the carpet separate from the cost of
padding and installation will be
required by the carpet manufacturer should you ever have a need to file a
warranty claim. The sales receipt or invoice must show exactly
how much you paid (per square yard or by square foot) for the carpet
Carpet Measuring Suggestions:
your are unsure about the amount of carpet your home requires, you might be wise to pay a
small fee of $60 to $150 to hire an independent carpet installer to measure your home.
The bigger your home, the more it will cost to have a carpet installer come
by and measure it for you. It would be wise to ask for a diagram that
shows where the seams will go. Craigslist has a list of carpet
installers, buy many larger cities have a Carpet Layers Union that you can
call to get professional help and advice. You can also contact CFI (https://cfiinstallers.org/directory)
to locate a qualified installer near you.
seams are often considered to be the weakest link in any carpet
installation. It is important to not have seams located in major walkways,
in front of couches and in areas with chairs (as in the dining room) if at
all possible. Carpet seam placements can often be strategically moved away from common
walkways, major thoroughfares and near furniture to limit the amount of
carpet wear and tear created over time.
Sometimes carpet seams cannot be placed in
the best case scenario. There are only so many options to choose from. Discuss your carpet seam placements with whoever is
measuring your home. Ask for a diagram and discuss all options. If they refuse to give you a
diagram, or discuss where the seams will be placed, then I suggest you buy
from another carpet or flooring dealer. Always get everything you want in
writing. Never rely on the promised word or handshake of any salesperson,
not just a carpet salesperson. All salespeople!
sure to ask for a simple diagram showing the seam placements that mater to
can also ask about various installation options you may consider such as:
types and colors of of doorway transitions available, best nap direction,
custom stair and upholstering options,
from an Experienced
can learn a lot from a seasoned carpet installer. Their knowledge and
experience differs greatly from most retail carpet salespeople. Why? Carpet
installers have years of hands-on experience with all types of carpet in
many applications. Many carpet installers with more than 20 years of
experience, know a lot about the durability and longevity of various types
and styles of carpet.
On the other hand, many retail carpet salespeople
obtain their product knowledge from manufacturer brochures and from reading
flooring trade publications. They often lack sufficient hands-on experience
to advise homeowners and are better trained at closing the sale then
they are able to provide accurate and useful carpet and flooring product
information and advice. You can also learn how to measure for carpet
Carpet Care and Maintenance
Make sure you
get and read a complete copy of the manufacturers carpet warranty and follow
the care and maintenance suggestions to the letter. Pay close attention to
the periodic carpet cleaning required and accurate record keeping
requirements. Many carpet manufacturers warranties are available for
How often should I have my carpets cleaned?
Carpet Cleaning Cost
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