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How to Buy Carpeting

No matter what style of carpeting you want, and no matter what your budget, there is a product available to fit your needs.

Here are some steps to follow:

  • First decide the total number of rooms or areas that are to be carpeted.
  • Measure every room you plan to carpet. Measure inside the closets too.
  • Don't settle on just one bid - get several for different vendors. If you choose a vendor that advertises nationally, you may pay more because of that advertising. So compare their price with other sources. Installation and padding charges are usually priced separately.
  • Prices are based on the carpet grade: denseness and length and type of fiber. 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?
  • Ask yourself: How long will you own the space? Buy according to how long you anticipate staying in the home. Then ask yourself: Might you tire of the color quickly? Do you expect to move or remodel within the time you have the carpet? Don't choose fad colors.
  • Collect samples from every vendor. You'll want to compare the samples with what is actually brought to your home. Take samples of any carpet you are considering so you can view them with your walls and furniture before you buy.
  • Carpeting is generally sold by the square yard (3 feet wide x 3 feet long). 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).
  • Cost, style, color and durability are the usual factors you must consider before making the final choice.
  • Don't forget to inquire about the padding and choose according to anticipated wear and tear. Usually a low quality padding is included in the price. But you just may want to upgrade to a thicker version.
  • Take measurements yourself to compare with the measurements the vendor takes. This is an area where many people get over-charged.
  • Paint your walls before the carpet is laid. Wallpaper before the carpet is laid. Before the installers arrive, be sure to empty the room and clean it.
  • Before you sign the invoice and pay the balance owed, be sure to check every room for flaws, poor installation or any other problems. Problems can arise from the carpeting being pulled too tight, not pulled tight enough, where there are seams.

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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