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By Alan Fletcher - Carpet expert and consumer advocate


There are many questions you need to ask before they begin installing your new carpet and also after your new carpet is installed. 


When the installer arrives, make sure he brought the right carpet and padding that you ordered. Make sure you know where all the carpet seams are to be placed. Below are more questions you need to ask your installer. 

You have spent a small fortune on this new carpet project so make sure you are involved in every speck of the installation process.


You should also do a complete walk-through with the installer after your new carpet is installed and before he leaves your home to make sure everything is done to your satisfaction. Don't be afraid to point out anything that you think is unusual or odd.


 Never pay the final amount due until you are satisfied with the completed job.



Before Installers Arrive:


·         Have all the furniture, wall pictures and knick-knacks removed from all and areas to be carpeted.

·         Make sure any and all valuables are put away safe and secure.

·         Have all rooms pre-heated to at least 70 degrees, at least 3 hours before and during installation.

·         Make sure kids and pets are safely out of the way in all areas to be carpeted.

·         Never allow kids or pets to roam freely during installation.



On Installation Day:


·         Did they bring carpet with the right color, style and grade you paid for?

·         Did they bring the correct padding thickness and density?

·         Are there any visible carpet defects? (have them roll it out so you can see)

·         Will they be using a power-stretcher?

·         Will there be any additional installation fees or charges?

·         Have they discussed seam locations with you?

·         Will they be replacing all the transitions with approved materials?

·         Will they roll up and leave all sizable carpet leftovers for you?



Inspect Your New Carpet (before the installer leaves):


·         Do all the seams look good? (No seam is invisible)

·         Are all the seams in the right locations?

·         Is the carpet securely attached to the tack strips?

·         Is the carpet neatly tucked in along the walls?

·         Is the carpet nap all going in the same direction? 

(in all adjoining areas)

·         Is the carpet stretched in tightly? 

(did they use a power-stretcher?)

·         Have all the doors and heat vents been put back in place?

·         Have all the leftover scraps been picked up?

·         Have they vacuumed thoroughly?

·         Get your installation warranty in writing

·         Get the name and phone number of the installer.




Before You Buy New Carpet…


·         Do your carpet homework! Learn what makes one carpet better than another.

·         Take my free Carpet Foot Traffic Test to see what grade of carpet you should buy.

·         Learn about scams and rip-offs you need to avoid and why buying carpet is so confusing.

·         Do all interior painting at least one month prior or wait until after the carpet is installed.

·         Print out my free coupon and get up to $100 off new carpet!


Print out my free Carpet Cost & Comparison Form 



During The Carpet Buying Process...


·         Shop for the grade of carpet you require first, and then find several carpet styles and colors that you like.

·         Take several carpet samples home to consider your best carpet choice.

·         Get several estimates from locally-owned carpet dealers (click here to see who I recommend near you)

·         Get bids and estimates in writing and get every detail written down on the contract!

·         Don't be pressured into buying or agree to buy on the first visit. (in-home or in-store)

·         Take your time choosing. Take samples home. How much does carpet cost?

·         Make sure you get accurate carpet measurements.

·         Take your time choosing the right carpet and padding for your needs and goals.

·         Keep the original carpet sample until after the carpet has been installed,  for comparison purposes.

·         Keep the original sales receipt and make sure the price of the carpet is shown separate from the price of the pad and installation. You will need this as proof if you ever need to file a warranty claim.

·         Obtain a complete copy of your New Carpet Warranty and read it.



If you plan to hire an independent flooring installer... Read this article

· You have every right to know the name of everyone who is working in your home. Write down the full name and phone number of the installer, and the names of all helpers.

· Ask for his State Issued Contractor's License Number.

· Ask if he has a surety bond and liability Insurance. Ask for an insurance rider to be issued in your name and mailed or faxed to you prior to having any work performed. (it takes about a week to mail it)

· If he has helpers, ask to see the Worker's Compensation Policy Rider that lists the names of all helpers.

· Check the policy dates carefully to make sure the policies are current and all premiums have been paid.

· How to Verify a Contractor's License, Surety Bond, Liability Insurance and Workers Compensation Insurance Policy  

(Check your State Regulations here)




Proper Carpet Care and Maintenance...


·         Read the manufacturer's Carpet Stain Warranty completely and follow all suggestions and requirements.

·         Vacuum your carpet regularly. Spot clean as necessary. Never use bleach on your carpet.

·         Consider buying a new vacuum. Visit my Best Vacuums page to learn about types and prices.

·         Keep receipts for all professional carpet cleanings, as they are required to be shown as proof of proper maintenance.

·         Always hire a professional IICRC Certified carpet cleaning company.

·         Never use a store-rented carpet cleaning machine to clean your carpets while under warranty.

·         Learn more about carpet cleaning care and maintenance: How often should I have my carpets cleaned?

















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