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Expert Carpet Buying Information- For Homeowners

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


Welcome to, guaranteed to be your best source for free and unbiased carpet buying information and free expert carpet buying advice. I retired after 30+ years in the carpet business and I no longer sell or install Carpet or any flooring products...  


Don't be a victim! I've been helping homeowners avoid common carpet scams and save money on new carpet and flooring for over 18 years! Be very careful who's opinion and advice you trust! Most carpet websites do not provide complete, accurate or honest carpet buying information and advice! Buy the wrong grade of carpet and you stand to lose hundreds or even thousands!


Take my Free Carpet Foot-Traffic Test


What Savvy Homeowners need to Know...

  • What makes one carpet More Durable than another? 

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

  • What makes one carpet able to resist stains better than another?

  • How to avoid 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 any retail source. My ultimate goal is to make sure you are happy with your carpet or flooring purchase for many years to come and this is a free service I provide to homeowners. Have a carpet question? Read my Carpet Q & A pages. 



How to Avoid Carpet Scams

Carpet samples often shown at local flooring dealers

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! What Grade of Carpet Should I Select?


Whatever grade of Carpet you buy,  it will eventually wear-out based on the level of foot traffic you have in your home. What level of foot traffic do you have? Low traffic, medium traffic, heavy traffic? Some Carpets are designed to last for only 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 level 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 (costing less than $10 per yard), it can be very hard for most homeowners to tell the difference between a medium grade carpet (priced about $15 to $25 per yard) from a higher grade carpet (costing $30 to $45 per yard or more) just by looking at the Carpet sample or by feeling the surface fibers with your hand. One carpet may last 10 years in your home, the other may last 25 years, all depending on your foot traffic. (and also how well you care for your carpet. Check out my Carpet Care Guide



All Carpets look great when they are new!   


However, cheaply made carpets (made from Polyester and P.E.T. Polyester can quickly mat down in heavy foot traffic areas, hallways 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.



Carpet Specifications: 

The Key to Selecting the Right Grade of Carpet. 


Learn all about Carpet and Padding Specifications to be sure you choose wisely. The "manufacturing specifications" 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. This is why you need full access to the specifications of any carpet or padding you are considering.



The 5 Basic Carpet Specifications 

  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 than 5 is considered poor, 6 is considered good. 7 or above is excellent

  4. Face Weight - 35 to 65 ounces is considered good for most residential carpets.

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

Learn more about Carpet Specifications



Next... You need to be sure to...

  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 accurate measurements)

  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) Carpet Installation

  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. Spot clean as necessary using approved methods!

  4. Visit Alan's Best Carpet Cleaner Directory

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

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

  7. Carpet Stain Warranties - What You Need To Know


Confused About Choosing Carpet?

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

  2. Ask me questions via email, 

  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

  6. What Grade of Carpet Should I Select?


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 Actually Need?


Too many Carpet Salespeople are not proficient at measuring for carpet and that could spell bad news for you. It's easier for them to just add on a few extra yards of carpet to the estimate and not have worry about ordering too little material to do the job. 


Why should they take the time and effort to be spot-on accurate when adding a few extra yards of carpet and padding  to your order will only increase their profits?


Consumers need an Accurate Measuring, that means not too much material and not too little. Over-measuring will cost you and under-measuring can cost you time, frustration and job completion delays. 


Greedy salespeople might deliberately try to sell you more carpet than you actually need just to make more commissions from the sale. 


Inexperienced salespeople might under-measure your needs making it impossible to finish the job without having to order more carpet and make you wait another week or more before the job is finally completed.


Some homes are simple or easy to measure because the rooms are square and there are not a lot of weird angles or strangely shaped rooms or stairways. While other homes have lots of unusual shaped rooms and unusual angles that create more waste. These oddities can very difficult and time consuming to measure up accurately. Mis-measuring can easily add hundreds to the total cost of your carpet job. You need to learn how to avoid this common carpet measuring problem or in some cases a deliberate carpet measuring scam! 


Learn more: How to Measure for Carpet Yourself!



How Much Should You $$$ Spend on New Carpet?


If you are just starting your journey to buy new carpet, you are going to find that new Carpet is more costly than you might 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!


I think 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 until you get a chance to read all the fine print. You don't need to buy from any dealer who advertises in this fashion. I think you can get a better 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 amazed at the number of horror stories I've heard from unsuspecting homeowners since I started my website back in 2000. If the deal sounds too good to be true, then carefully read all the fine print.  Home Depot & Lowe's Carpet Installation


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. Take a look at my free Carpet Installation Inspection Checklist.


Buyer Beware


Never pay a fee to have a salesperson measure your home, and never never buy from pushy salespeople who pressure 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 several 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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