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Wise choices Want To Choose New Carpet Wisely? Everyone wants a carpet that's soft, beautiful, resists stains and lasts a long time, but choosing the right carpet is not as easy as it used to be.


Understanding carpet specifications is the secret to choosing new carpet wisely. Your new carpet must be designed to tolerate the level of foot-traffic you have in your home.


Remember Goldilocks and the Three Bears? She tried out three different types of porridge, chairs and beds but only one of each was just right for her. 


You need to make sure you choose the right grade of Carpet, the correct padding and obtain qualified installation that's just right for you. 


That means doing your carpet homework and getting at least three free bids/estimates from honest and reputable local carpet stores near you.




Do You Have Heavy Foot-Traffic?


Your answers to these two questions will help determine what grade (quality) of carpet you need to buy to meet your needs, goals and lifestyle.


Most families with kids and pets have heavy foot-traffic in their home. You need to choose a carpet designed to tolerate your level of foot traffic. To choose the right carpet for your needs, you first need to determine...


1. What is the level of foot traffic you have in your home?


To avoid choosing the wrong grade of carpet, start by taking my free Carpet Foot-Traffic Test. It is a simple 6-question test that reveals your level of foot traffic based on your lifestyle.


2. How long you want your new carpet to last?


Imagine if carpet durability was based on a number from One to Ten. Most families want their carpet to last at least 10 to 12 years, so they would need at least a 5 on that scale. This chart shows that grade or quality to be about $36 per square yard ($4.00 per square foot)


If you want your carpet to last longer, then you must choose a more durable carpet, maybe a 7 or 8 on this scale would do the trick. The cost goes up as the durability and lifespan goes up accordingly.


Carpet cost, quality and longevity are all connected. Combine all that with your unique level of foot traffic and you can see how choosing the right carpet can become complicated. This illustration is just a guide to give you a basic idea of what you are up against when choosing new carpet. 



Carpet Cost


Hard earned cashIf you haven't checked carpet prices lately, you'll be shocked when you see the current prices for good quality carpet and padding.  

Ten years ago, a medium quality carpet, with pad and installation, used to run about $35 a square yard. Now that same quality is over $50. 


A medium grade Carpet for a typical 2 bedroom home now averages $5700 with pad and installation. You can expect that to last 8 to 12 years depending on your level of foot traffic. 


Here are 3 links to free carpet information to help you make wise and informed choices


1. How Much Does New Carpet Cost?

2. Nylon Carpet Cost vs. Longevity

3. Carpet Specifications Explained



Choosing the Right Grade of Carpet?


It's not like it was 50 years ago when choices were very limited and most carpets were made to last a lifetime. 


Today there are thousands of different grades, styles and quality levels to choose from. Some carpets are designed to wear out in less than 5 years, some are designed to take a beating and last for 20 years or more.


Why do some Carpets last longer than others? It all depends on the materials and methods they use to manufacture the carpet! What Are Carpet Specifications?



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. Learn more about Carpet Fibers



Carpet Remnants


Few homeowners know that they can enjoy new carpet at a fraction of the typical cost for new carpet. The trick is knowing how to choose carpet remnants wisely. What are Carpet Remnants? How To Choose Carpet Remnants Wisely




Padding Types and Prices


A decent 6-pound Rebond Pad used to cost about $3 a yard. Now it's at least $5. Most carpet makers now recommend using 8-pound density padding. 


These 3 links show the various types of carpet padding, current prices and which pad might be the best choice for your home. Types of Carpet Pad


About Carpet Padding


You don't ever see it, but carpet padding does a very important job. It is the shock-absorber for your carpet. It helps reduce the damaging effects of abrasion. Your Carpet Quality Must Match Your Padding Quality. It's real easy to select the wrong grade, type, thickness or density of padding. Learn more Carpet and Padding Price Charts


Unnecessary Padding Upgrades?

Don't be easily swayed by any salesperson who says you need to spend more for an upgraded pad or Specialized Carpet Pad. Read more about Choosing the Right Carpet Pad




Carpet Installation Fees and Charges 

Carpet Installation - This is one area where you should never skimp! How to Find a Qualified Carpet Installer


Not long ago, it was once common to pay $4 to $5 per square yard for qualified carpet installation. For a typical 2 bedroom home that would be about $500 for installation.


Today you can expect to pay closer to $800 or more depending on where you live and the grade and style of carpet you select. Carpet Installation Cost Fees Charges


1. Visit my Sitemap to read all my free articles.

2. Take my free Carpet Foot-Traffic Test.

3. Print my Carpet Shopping Form.



Free Carpet Buying Checklist


Carpet Shopping FormLearn what you need to do before, during and after you have new Carpet installed in your home. 


Print out my Free carpet buying Checklist

(Click on the image to view or print my free checklist)






Carpet at Home Depot or Lowe's?


Don't Fall For Misleading TV Commercials offering new carpet and installation at ridiculously low prices! If the price sounds too good to be true... 


Wouldn't it be great if you could quickly spot common retail Carpet Scams and know how to make wise and informed Carpet Choices? Learn more Free Carpet Installation Specials Exposed




Stainmaster® Brand Update

Stainmaster Carpet DisplayThe Stainmaster carpet brand, well-known for it's durable and stain resistant Nylon 6,6 fiber, was recently purchased by Lowe's. 


However, the exact same fiber known as Antron® Nylon 6,6 is still available at most local carpet stores under a different brand or in an unbranded form. 


It's the exact same fiber, but it just doesn't have the Stainmaster® brand name attached to it. Ask Your Local Carpet Store about Carpet they carry made with the Antron® Nylon 6,6 Fiber. 





Pushy Salespeople


Unscrupulous carpet retailers often hire salespeople who will say or do just about anything to convince you to buy from them right now! 


Many of these salespeople know very little about carpet or the products they sell. They are hired because they are good at closing the sale. That means they won't take NO for an answer and keep pressuring you until you agree to buy today.


This is another reason why I created my own special list of locally-owned carpet and flooring stores. They have knowledgeable salespeople, do accurate measures and provide qualified installers. Don't let obnoxious or pushy salespeople push you around! 



Carpet Measuring Experience?


An experienced estimator can save you money by strategically making the best use of material waste. They can figure out smart ways to utilize leftover carpet from one room and use it to fill in an area in another room. This saves you money! See my list of Recommended Carpet Dealers to help make sure your home is measured accurately.





Too many homeowners...


1. Choose The Wrong Grade of Carpet... 

Carpet that can't meet their needs or goals.


2. Pay Too Much for Materials & Labor... 

Because they don't get at least 3 free bids.


3. Have Carpet Installed Improperly... 

Because they don't buy from a reputable dealer.


4. Void The New Carpet Warranty... 

Because they don't maintain their carpet as required.



Carpet Professor"You should never rely solely on any one salesperson to make all 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 misleading advice." 



Inexperienced Carpet Salespeople?


Too many carpet salespeople lack sufficient "hands-on" carpet experience or don't have enough product knowledge to know what grade of carpet is able to meet your needs, goals and lifestyle. 


You don't want to rely on their advice or suggestions. You need to do your own research and NOT rely on any one salesperson to make your carpet and padding choices for you! 


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! 





How To Measure Carpet Yourself!


Many homeowners are overcharged for Carpet, Padding and Labor! 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 and the total cost to get the job done. This is because every estimator measures differently. 


"Some salespeople over-measure intentionally while other salespeople over-measure 

because they are inexperienced at the art of carpet measuring."



Not quite sure if the salesperson's measurements are accurate? It is always wise to get at least three estimates from local carpet stores. Then you can compare prices and measurements side by side and make wise and informed choices. Learn How to Measure for Carpet Yourself!



Carpet Measuring Scams? 


Some Salespeople Just Lack Measuring Experience. It can take several years for anyone to become proficient at measuring your home for carpet. Salespeople who are new to the carpet business may not be very accurate at measuring and that could cost you plenty. 


There are several steps you can take to make sure you don't become a victim of a carpet measuring scam or rip-off. Getting three free quotes from local carpet stores is one way to be able to compare products, services, measurements and prices side by side. See my Recommended Dealers



Shocked By High 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. Take my free Carpet Foot-Traffic Test to see where you stand. 





FREE Carpet Durability Guide


All carpets look great and feel fabulous when they are new! But will it still look good in 5 years? Will it hold up to your level of foot traffic?


Carpet Durability Guide - Carpet ProfessorIt's not easy to tell if a carpet you are considering is durable enough for your home. Is the quality good, better or best? 


You can't tell just by looking at it or feeling it with your hand. Carpet specifications reveal the truth about carpet durability. 


Print and use my free Carpet Durability Guide It will help you determine the durability of any carpet you are considering, based on the manufacturers specs.


Everyone wants to enjoy a carpet that is soft and plush! Just because a carpet feels soft does not mean it's durable or able to tolerate YOUR level of foot traffic. 


If you want carpet that will last a long 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. Learning about Carpet Specifications is the key to your success!





Carpet ProfessorThere are Five (5) "Key Carpet Specifications" you need to consider carefully. Learn more: Carpet Specifications Explained




key  Your Key To Carpet Success

Not only must you obtain a qualified carpet installer, you must also choose the right grade of carpet and padding too. Just as important is making sure you buy from an honest and reputable carpet and flooring dealer. These are the real secrets to buying new carpet like a pro! See who I recommend near you


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