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Carpet Buying Secrets Revealed By Industry Expert

By Alan Fletcher - A 30-Year Veteran of the Carpet Business and Consumer Advocate

 

Carpet samples often shown at local flooring dealers"I've retired and don't sell or install Carpet anymore... but I can teach you the secrets I've learned over the years that will easily help you make wise & informed carpet-buying choices. My free consumer website is packed full of honest and useful information to help you save hundreds and help you avoid making costly carpet-buying mistakes. 

 

Everything you need to know about Buying New Carpet like a professional can be easily researched on my  website. View my Sitemap or scroll down to get started.

 

Do You Know...

  • What makes One Carpet More Durable Than Another? 

  • What ONE characteristic makes a carpet able to tolerate heavy foot-traffic

  • What factor makes one Carpet able to resist stains far better than another?

  • Which Carpet Retailers you should avoid AT ALL COSTS and why?

  • How to avoid the most common Carpet Scams and Rip-Offs?

These are just a few of the important things you should learn about before you buy new carpet from anyone. My goal is to make sure you don't end up being the victim of a carpet scam!

 

 

I Can Show You How to Avoid Carpet Scams!

 

Carpet Manufacturer's really don't care if you choose the wrong grade of carpet! They really only care about making money! You must first realize that you are solely and ultimately responsible for the carpet quality or grade you select. If you do not choose your new carpet wisely and it wears out sooner than you anticipate, you lose. If you try to make a warranty claim... they will simply deny your warranty claim say you purchased a product that was unable, or incapable of tolerating your personal level of foot traffic you have in your home. Now you need to buy new carpet or live with the carpet you are unhappy with until you can afford to buy new carpet sometime in the future.

 

Don't Blindly Trust Advice From Any Carpet Salesperson!

 

Salespeople are hungry and need to make a living and so they might embellish the truth just  to make the sale. You might do it too if you have hungry mouths to feed at home. So know this: Just because they work at a carpet store doesn't mean they are qualified to help you select the right carpet for you. Sadly, most Carpet Salespeople are hired because they are really good at closing the sale... Not because they know a lot about the characteristics of  carpet and flooring products. In the hand-selected flooring stores I personally recommend in my directory, the salespeople are better trained; more knowledgeable and have more experience about the products they offer. I am confident they will go the extra mile to help you select the correct flooring product to meet your needs, lifestyle and goals. 

 

Before you buy.. If you have questions or concerns you can always email me to get my professional opinion about your carpet selection, pad choice; installation cost & fees and overall purchase price. Just send me all the details about your personal flooring situation and all the purchase details and I will do my best to give you my best advice. It's a free service, but I am somewhat limited to the actual number of responses I can handle. If I fail to respond, please resubmit your question in a few days. 

 

Email Alan@abccarpets.com 

 

Do not assume that the carpet salesperson you encounter is sufficiently knowledgeable about the products they sell. Most carpet salespeople are not well trained about the products they sell, have little or no "hands on" experience and even worse, they often don't really care if you choose wisely. What they really care about is "closing the sale" and making as much profit from your purchase as possible. Now let me be clear... there are good salespeople and there are bad salespeople. Do you know how to tell the difference? Check out my Preferred Carpet Dealer List to see who I recommend near you.

 

Do your carpet homework! Never allow any salesperson to make your carpet choices for you! No salesperson can ever be held liable for your carpet selection no matter what they may have told you or suggested. If you agree to buy a certain carpet...even if the salesperson tells you it would be a good choice for you... YOU are still solely responsible for the choice and any future outcome. You cannot go back and blame the salesperson for advising you wrongly! To avoid this common consumer mistake, take the time to learn as much about buying carpet as you can - long before you make any final choices! My website has dozens of useful pages and information to help you make wise and informed carpet choices. 

 

Choosing the wrong grade carpet can cost you dearly! You might hope to buy carpet that will last for 15 years. What will you do when it wears out in just 5 years? Take a little time to learn Your Carpet ABC's before you begin shopping for new Carpet! Choosing the right grade of Carpet is not as easy as most folks think. It's not like it was 20 or 30 years ago when all carpets were made quite well. Today there are thousands of different colors, textures, patterns, grades and quality levels to choose from. Choose the wrong carpet today and I guarantee you will end up having to replace it sooner than you think!

 

Whatever Carpet you buy,  it will wear out based on your level of foot traffic. What do you have? Low traffic, medium traffic, heavy traffic? Some Carpets are designed to last for 3 years... and some are made to last 10 years. Some are designed to last 20 years or longer! How long your new carpet will last has absolutely nothing to do with the manufacturers warranty or wear rating. It all depends on the amount of foot traffic you have in your home verses the grade or quality of carpet you select!

 

The real problem is not clearly visible... While a simple low-cost, cheaply-made carpet might be obvious to most folks (worth less than $15 per yard), it can be very hard for most homeowners to tell the difference between a medium grade carpet (worth about $20-25 per yard) from a higher grade carpet (worth $30-40 per yard) just by looking at the Carpet sample or by feeling the surface fibers with your hand. One may last 10 years in your home, the other may last 25 years, all depending on your foot traffic. (and how well you care for your carpet. see my Carpet Care Guide

 

Fact: All Carpets look and feel great when they are new!  However, cheaply made carpets (made from Polyester and P.E.T. Polyester will quickly mat down and lose their shine, they will quickly mat down in main traffic areas and on stairs. Once this happens, there is virtually nothing anyone can do to fix the problem. There is no warranty remedy to help you if you choose the wrong grade of carpet. The carpet manufacturer will simply deny your claim.

 

 

Carpet Specifications: The Key to Selecting the Right Grade of Carpet.  

You 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 "Carpet Specifications" you must learn about: 

  1. Fiber Type - This is most important - Learn more about Carpet Fibers

  2. Pile Height - 3/4" pile height or less helps resist matting and crushing.

  3. Tuft Twist - Less the 4 is considered poor, 5 to 6 is considered good. 7 or above is excellent

  4. Face Weight - 38 to 65 ounces is considered good for most residential carpets.

  5. Pile Density - The higher the number the more durable, generally 1800 or more.

 

Next... you need to be absolutely sure that you:

  1. Choose the Right Grade of Carpet - Take my Free Carpet Foot Traffic Test

  2. Have your home Accurately Measured... (It's not so easy to obtain)

  3. How to Choose the Correct Padding (This is very important!) 

  4. Get Qualified and experienced Installation - (Most installers are not properly trained and lack experience)

  5. Get a fair & square price on the entire job - (Read about Carpet Cost )

 

After that... you must properly maintain your new carpet by:

  1. Vacuuming frequently with a good quality vacuum - Learn about best Carpet Vacuums

  2. Professional cleaning every other year by a Certified Carpet Cleaner

  3. Visit Alan's Best Carpet Cleaner Directory

  4. Spot clean as necessary using approved methods!

  5. Retain all maintenance and cleaning receipts - Read your warranty carefully!

  6. Follow all the manufacturer's care and maintenance instructions to the letter!

 

Confused About Choosing Carpet?

  1. Read through my website, it's free!  Sitemap

  2. Ask me questions via email, alan@abccarpets.com 

  3. Visit my list of Recommended Carpet Dealers here 

  4. Take your time choosing and don't buy from high-pressure salespeople. 

  5. Consider ordering my Carpet Buying Guide eBook. Learn More

 

How to Select The Right Carpet and More...

 

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 Comparison

 

 

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! Never be pressured by any salesperson into buying right now! Take your time, take some samples home for a few days and make wise and informed choices! 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

 

 

Costly Carpet Buying Mistakes / Common Carpet Complaints

Here 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 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 lost thousands!  Read more about how to avoid Costly Carpet Buying Mistakes 

 

 

How To Avoid "Retailer" Carpet Scams!

There 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 Scams

 

 

How Much Carpet Do You REALLY Need?

 

Most 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 speed!  Learn more: How to Measure for Carpet Yourself!

 

How much should YOU spend on new Carpet?

 

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... 

 

1. What grade of carpet do you require for your home?

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

3. How much money do you have to spend on this project?

There 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. 

 

 

Beware of Nationally Advertised Carpet Scams!

 

Most nationally advertised Carpet specials you see on TV are rarely as good as they appear to be. Don't fall for those offers to sell you three rooms of carpet for the price of just one room. You don't need to buy from any dealer who advertises in this fashion. I'll show you how to get a fair and square deal from a local, family run dealer that has your best interests in mind!

 

I never recommend buying from any nationally advertised carpet retailer. You would be astounded at the number of horror stories I've heard from unsuspecting homeowners since I started my website. If the deal sounds too good to be true, then carefully read the fine print. 

 

 

Never pay for your carpet in-full upfront!

 

It is customary for reputable carpet dealers to ask that you pay up to 50% of the 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 walk-through with the installer to inspect the job before he leaves your home. 

 

Buyer Beware

Never pay a fee to have a salesperson measure your home, and never never buy from pushy salespeople who want you to buy right now 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 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.  

 

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Alan's Preferred Carpet Dealers

Carpet Scams are Everywhere! It's getting harder every day to find honest & reputable Carpet Dealers! That's why I have compiled my own special list of hand-picked carpet dealers who have passed my test, who are locally owned, give free measures and estimates, offer fair and square prices, have knowledgeable sales staff, and hire qualified installers. Don't take chances... See who I recommend near you!

 

 

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