Free Carpet Information and Buying Guide
Alan Fletcher - 30 Yr Carpet Expert / Consumer Advocate - I do not sell carpet.
5 Keys to Carpet Success
1. Accurate Carpet Measuring Saves You Money! Making sure you obtain correct measurements for your carpet project is important. If your measurements are wrong, you will either pay too much or not have enough material to finish the job.
Inexperienced carpet salespeople tend to over-measure because they fear not ordering enough carpet to complete the job.
Sneaky salespeople can intentionally over-measure you to increase their profit. Homeowners who lack measuring experience tend to under-measure because they don't know how to factor in the extra material needed for seaming, trimming and pattern matches.
It takes years to become proficient at measuring for carpet so having your measurements verified would be wise.
Seasoned carpet salespeople know how to save you the most money by strategically using leftover material from one area to fill in areas in other areas. This can significantly reduce the amount of carpet you need to order and will also lower your padding and installation costs too.
Here are some tricks and tips to getting your home measured right. You can also learn how to measure your home for carpet yourself! How to Measure for Carpet in 4 Simple Steps
2. Product Knowledge Gives You Power to Choose Wisely.
Selecting the wrong carpet fiber is worst mistake you can make! Learn the truth about carpet fibers and carpet styles. Learn more about Carpet Fibers.
Choosing the correct padding is very important too. The more you know the better choices you will make. Learn more about Types of Carpet Padding.
Beware of misleading or incomplete carpet buying information obtained from websites that sell carpet. These sites may not tell you everything you need to know, especially when their main goal is to convince you to buy from them.
3. Wise Shoppers Get Several Free "In-Home" Estimates.
Getting several estimates is just plain smart. It helps you narrow down your final choices and gives you the chance to compare estimates side by side. You will come away knowing you made wise choices.
It's not easy to compare carpets when they change the style and color names. That's why its important to consider the specifications of each carpet to make sure you are comparing carpets of a similar type, grade or quality. For example, you can't compare carpet made of Nylon, with carpet made of Polyester.
Print several copies of my free Carpet Shopping Form. It's designed to help you compare similar carpets so you can make wise and informed choices.
Learn more What Grade of Carpet Should I Select?
4. Installing Carpet Correctly Increases Long-Term Performance.
Finding a carpet installer advertising on Craigslist or in your local Thrifty Nickel is another way to go, but rarely the best way to locate an experienced installer.
The best installers prefer to work with well established locally-owned carpet stores. They may not need to take on any side jobs. Hiring an independent carpet installer can best difficult and time consuming.
I think it is better to buy from a local carpet store and have them provide the installation as part of a package deal. That way if you ever have any installation concerns, you just have to make one call to the retailer to get a remedy.
5. Proper Carpet Care and Maintenance Ensures Longevity.
Take proper care of your carpet and it will serve you well for years to come. There's a lot more to caring for a carpet then just frequent vacuuming.
If you don't clean your carpets correctly and on a regular basis you could easily ruin them and void your new carpet warranty.
You need to know exactly how to keep your warranty in force. In this article I reveal the facts about proper carpet care, important warranty information, and what you need to know about carpet cleaning!
Learn more: How often should I have my carpets cleaned?
Certified Flooring Installers?
You can also visit the CFI website to locate a qualified carpet installer near you. If you find an installer and he is available at a fair price, perhaps you might hire them to measure and install your carpet? Carpet Installation Cost
Not only must you hire 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. That's how to buy new carpet like a pro! See who I recommend near you.