Carpet Buying Secrets Revealed
Alan Fletcher - 30-Year
Veteran of the Carpet Business and Consumer Advocate Since 1998
retired and don't sell or install Carpet anymore... but I
really enjoy helping homeowners by freely revealing the Carpet Buying Secrets
little-known tips and tricks I've learned over my
30+ years in the Carpet business. My ultimate goal is to help all homeowners choose new carpet
website is also packed full of key information that will help
you save time and money on your new carpet and help you avoid becoming
victim of a
carpet scam... and it's all totally free!
Every Homeowner Needs to Know Before Buying New Carpet...
makes one carpet More Durable than another?
characteristics makes Carpet able to tolerate Heavy Foot-Traffic?
makes one Carpet able to resist stains better than another?
to recognize and avoid common Carpet Scams and Rip-Offs...
are just a few of the important facts and important information I reveal on my
website and you should take the time to learn about before you buy
new carpet from any retail flooring source.
to Avoid Common Carpet Scams
manufacturer's won't lose sleep if you choose the wrong grade of carpet, but
they might lose sleep if they don't make enough PROFIT to satisfy their
stockholders! Carpet makers don't go too far out of their way to make choosing
new carpet easy or simple for homeowners. It surely seems to me like to are
purposely trying to make it more difficult for you by not placing
complete carpet specifications on the back of all their carpet samples.
How can you choose the right grade of carpet without knowing what the
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 before you expect. First
take my free Carpet
Foot-Traffic Test. Then learn more about Carpet
Specifications: The Key to Selecting the Right Grade of Carpet.
need to learn all about Carpet and Padding Specifications to be sure
you choose wisely. The "Carpet Specs" are what allows you to determine the grade or
quality level of a carpet or padding. Carpets that are
made from low-quality materials will wear out faster than those that are made
using higher-quality materials. You need full access to the
specifications of any carpet or padding you are considering.
There are 5 basic
Type - This is most important
- Learn more about
Height - 3/4" pile height or less
helps resist matting and crushing.
Twist - Less the 4 is considered poor,
5 to 6 is considered good. 7 or above is excellent
Weight - 38 to 65 ounces is considered
good for most residential carpets.
Density - The higher the number the
more durable, generally 1800 or more.
you need to be sure you:
the Right Grade of Carpet - Take my Free
Carpet Foot Traffic Test
your home Accurately Measured... How to Measure for Carpet in 4 Simple Steps
to Choose the Correct Padding
(This is also very important!)
Qualified and experienced Installation - (Most installers are not properly
a fair & square price on the complete job - (Read
that... you must properly maintain your new carpet by:
frequently with a good quality vacuum - Learn about best Carpet
cleaning every other year by a Certified
all maintenance and cleaning receipts - Read your warranty carefully!
all the manufacturer's care and maintenance instructions to the letter!
Warranties - What You Need To Know
About Choosing Carpet? You are not alone!
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my free list of Preferred
Carpet Dealers to see who I recommend near you
your time choosing and don't buy from high-pressure
ordering my Carpet Buying Guide eBook. Learn More
to Select The Right 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. Choosing
the right Carpet, the correct padding, getting qualified installation and a
reasonable price is just the tip of the iceberg! Learn more about Carpet
NOT to Buy New Carpet
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!
Never be pressured by any salesperson into buying right now! Take your time,
visit a few local dealers, take some samples home for a few days and learn how
to make wise and informed choices!
are many other key factors for you to consider too including - Selecting the correct
padding; Obtaining qualified
installation; and getting a very good price! Learn more about
Best & Worst Places to Buy
Buying Mistakes / Common Carpet Complaints
is 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
grade, end up with serious installation problems or are unhappy in some way with their
Carpet Buying Experience. What can
go wrong you might ask? The list is long. These unfortunate homeowners didn't do their
carpet homework and ended up losing thousands! Read more about how to
avoid common and Costly Carpet Buying Mistakes
To Avoid "Retailer" Carpet Scams!
are lots of Carpet scams to watch out for. The best way to avoid scams is to
buy from a reputable carpet dealer. Stainmaster carpet prices, Smartstrand carpet cost, Best Carpet for pets, Best carpet for kids, compare carpet, How
to buy carpet, Best Carpet for basements, Read more about Carpet
Much Carpet Do You REALLY Need?
Carpet Salespeople are not very accurate at measuring for carpet and that
could spell bad news for you. Over-measuring or under-measuring can cost you time,
frustration and hundreds in over-charging. Greedy salespeople might try to
sell you more carpet than you actually need just to make more profit from the
sale. This can easily add hundreds to the total cost of your carpet job.
You need to learn how to avoid this common scam! Let me bring you up to
Learn more: How
to Measure for Carpet Yourself!
Much Should You $$$
Spend on New Carpet?
is WAY more costly than most homeowners expect. There are so many different
factors to consider. Installation is almost always more costly than you might
imagine. There are 3 questions you need to answer...
What grade of carpet do you require for your home?
How long do you want your new carpet to last?
How much money do you have to spend on this project?
are no shortcuts and no specials to help you alter any of these three
parameters. Don't fall for those home improvement store specials that
advertise free or whole-house discounted carpet installation. If you do not
have enough money, the you need to do your project in stages. Do not lower the
carpet quality to meet your budget limitations. If funds are tight,
either wait until you have more money or replace your carpet in two or more
stages, for example: Do the downstairs this year and then do the
upstairs areas next year. What Grade of Carpet Should I Select?
Beware of Nationally Advertised Carpet Specials!
nationally advertised Carpet specials you
see on TV are seldom as good as they appear to be. They always flash some very
fine print that is unreadable. Don't fall for those offers to install three rooms of carpet for the price of one room until you get a chance to
read all their fine print. I would never recommend buying from any flooring retailer
who advertises in
this fashion. I think you can get a better deal and better service from a
family-run flooring dealer.
never recommend buying from any nationally-advertised carpet retailer.
You would be amazed at the number of horror stories I've heard from
unsuspecting homeowners since I started my website 15 years ago. My advice...If
tit sounds like a great deal, then carefully read all the fine print before
you buy. Read
more about Home Depot & Lowe's $39 Carpet Installation
Pay for your Carpet In-Full Upfront!
is customary for reputable carpet dealers to ask that you pay up to 50% of the
total estimate upfront for your carpet, pad and installation. You will be asked to pay the balance-due upon competition and upon your complete satisfaction of a
job well-done. Never pay the balance due until you are completely satisfied. You should always do
a complete walk-through with the installer to inspect the job before he leaves your home. Best & Worst Places to Buy
Beware - Pushy Salespeople
pay a fee to have a salesperson come and measure your home, and never never buy from
pushy salespeople who try to pressure you into buy right now, tonight or say the price is a
"Today Only Price".
Never sign any contract until you have received and
reviewed at least three bids or estimates from other locally-owned carpet stores. Take a look
at my Carpet and Pad Pricing
Chart to get a good idea about how much new carpet is going to cost
you, depending on how long you want your new carpet to last.
How Much Does Carpet Cost?