How To Find a Qualified
Alan Fletcher - Carpet Expert & Consumer Advocate
most cases, when you buy new carpet from a reputable carpet dealer they have
qualified carpet installation available and make all the arrangements for your
carpet to be installed.
But if you buy carpet from a dealer that only provides the materials (cash and
carry) then you may have to find a carpet installer yourself and make all the
Some cash and carry dealers have a list of
installers they can provide and you can call several and ask for a free estimate and then hire
whoever you think is best.
some states, all flooring installers must have a state issued Contractors
license, Business Liability Insurance and a Surety Bond. They may also need to
have a Workman's Compensation Policy for themselves and/or for all their
Learn More about State
License Requirements for Carpet Installers.
installed wrong, your new
carpet could lose half of its lifespan!"
Finding and hiring a qualified carpet
installer or "carpet Layer" as they are commonly referred to...Can be
quite challenging. If you hire a bad carpet installer you will surely
regret it. The best carpet installers usually charge a little more and are often very
busy, but it would be well worth the wait and extra cost!
Installers on Craigslist
best carpet installers rarely advertise on Craigslist or anywhere else. So if
you are looking there, be very cautious and be sure to check references.
many installers never become anything more than a poor-quality installer because they either lack
any formal training, or don't have the ambition to keep up on the latest
installation trends and methods.
They might just prefer to install low-quality
products and make enough money to get by. These are not the type of installers
you want to hire because you cannot depend on them to do a good job or show up
on time or at all.
I call them Fly-By-Night installers because they usually show up
late and prefer to work "under the table" and be paid in cash. If you have a problem with your installation you
might not be
able to get them to come back to fix the problem. They are usually easy to spot because they typically have a beat up
truck or van, have papers and junk piled up on the dashboard, wear dirty
clothes, wreak of stale beer and cigarettes and they usually have a girl
that does the driving.
There is another
little-known factor that must be considered when looking for a good carpet installer. The important question you need to ask is "What type of experience do
they have?" Here is what I mean: Some carpet installers
charge more because they are more experienced installing expensive carpet in custom homes
or doing commercial jobs. Some charge
less because they are used to installing low-quality carpet in apartments and
doing property management work. (rentals or new construction).
You need to decide what level of expertise your job requires and then hire an
installer according to his level of expertise and pay rate.
Carpet Jobs Require More Skill and Training...
Some carpet installation jobs are
more difficult than others and require a more experienced installer. For example, installing
an expensive carpet in a custom home requires much more expertise than does
installing a low-quality carpet in a low-rent apartment.
Of course everyone
needs to have
their carpet installed correctly, and hiring an installer with minimum of
5 years of experience is where I would draw the line with a simple installation
So, if you buy a more
expensive carpet or your carpet job is quite large, difficult or complicated or tricky, than you should find an
installer with more years of experience. I personally believe that it takes at least 10
years before any flooring installer can truly begin to master their trade, and
that's only if they have the strong desire and motivation to become the best of the best, like I did.
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There are several
levels of experience with carpet installers:
experience of this type of carpet installer is obtained from installing
lower grades of carpet in unoccupied apartments. They have limited
experience with installing carpet on stairs, and limited experience with
difficult or tricky installations. They generally use lower quality
installation products (glues, seam tape, tack-less strips, transition
metals) in order to save money.
Property owners and managers often do not
thoroughly inspect the quality of work performed by installers doing
apartment work. Many have become carpet installers as a result of being
hired as a carpet layers helper and few are formally trained or have
completed an apprentice program. This is not to say that you should not hire
them, but you need to be aware that many may lack the experience to perform
all types of carpet installations. Installers who do apartment work are
generally paid the least amount per yard.
New home construction.
Installers with the bulk of their trade experience from new construction
will have increased knowledge of installing different types of stairs.
(carpet can be very difficult to install on some types of stairs) They will
have more experience with various styles and grades of carpet as well. They
always have to satisfy the builder and the new homeowners with their
performance, which make them pay closer attention to detail. Builders
usually pay less than the standard rate for this type of installer but there
is usually a greater volume of work available.
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Preferred Carpet Dealers
hard to find a reputable carpet dealer these days! I have built a special
list of hand-picked carpet retailers who are locally owned, give free
estimates, offer fair prices, have knowledgeable staff, provide honest
measuring and hire qualified installers. See
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