Tips for How to Buy a New Carpet
It doesn't matter what your budget or the style of carpeting you are interested
in acquiring, there is something for every budget and taste.
Some Quick Steps:
Determine all the rooms and areas where you want your wall-to-wall carpeting.
Measure each and every room or area, including the inside of your closets.
Get bids from several vendors.
Some should be from carpet-only showrooms and and others from general home centers. Unless you plan to lay the carpeting
yourself, be sure to inquire about installation and padding.
Take note that there are several grades of carpeting available. Ask yourself this question: Are you carpeting a high-traffic location
or a less frequented area of your home? Some carpeting will be very dense and others will be more loose.
How long will you own the space? Is it worth paying more for carpeting that will last 10
years instead of 5? Might you tire of the color quickly? Do you expect to move or remodel within the time you have the carpet?
Take samples of any
carpet you are considering so you can view them with your walls and
furniture before you buy. Make sure you have a sample of what you have selected, so that when they bring it to install you can
compare what is brought with what you purchased.
Quality and style are two factors that directly impact the price you will pay. Carpeting can cost from $10 to $15 per square yard for basic carpet
and upward of $30 per square yard for luxury carpeting (not including
installation). Carpeting is generally sold by the square yard (3 feet wide x 3 feet long).
Cost, style, color and durability are the usual factors you must consider before making the final choice.
Don't forget about the padding. Decide what type of
padding you want. Usually a low quality padding is included in the price. But you just may want to upgrade to a thicker version.
Arrange for the vendor to measure your home. But take your own measurements too. This is an area where many people get over-charged.
Before the installers arrive, be sure to empty the room and clean it. If you're planning to re-paper the walls or paint, do that
before the carpet is laid.
Before you sign the invoice and pay the balance owed, be sure to check every room for flaws, poor installation or any other
An Extra Tip:
If you purchase a low grade of carpeting, buy extra thick padding to make up for
it. The difference in how your carpet feels and wears will be well worth the additional price.
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