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Before You Begin Shopping For New Carpet…

    • Learn What makes one carpet better than another. Choosing new carpet is not as simple as it was a few years ago.
    • Take my free Carpet Foot Traffic Test to see what grade of carpet you should select. What grade of carpet will meet your needs and goals?
    • Learn about common carpet scams and rip-offs you need to avoid and get the answer to Why is Choosing New Carpet So Confusing?
    • The carpet backing is very abrasive and can scratch painted surfaces.
    • Do all interior painting at least one month prior or wait until after the carpet is installed, especially on walls and baseboards.
    • Plan on doing some touch-up painting after your new carpet is installed.

What to Do During The Carpet Buying Process…

    • Shop for the grade of carpet you require first, then find several carpet styles and colors you like.
    • Take several carpet samples home to consider your Best Carpet Choice
    • Get several estimates from locally-owned carpet dealers (See who I recommend near you)
    • Get several bids/estimates in writing and get every detail written down IN WRITING!
    • Ask your salesperson for a spec sheet on any carpet you are seriously interested in buying!
    • Don’t be pressured into buying or agree to buy on the first visit. (in-home or in-store)
Take Your Time Choosing New Carpet

If you can… Keep the original carpet sample you selected and ordered from, until after your new carpet has been installed, use for comparison purposes to make sure you get the carpet you ordered.

Many homeowners often forget exactly which carpet style and color they ordered, especially when it takes several weeks for the carpet to be delivered and scheduled to be installed. Having the sample. or a picture of the sample can help avoid any confusion.

This is not always possible when dealing with smaller carpet retailers. They may not be able to leave the carpet sample with you for an extended period of time. Especially if it is a popular carpet style.

    • If you are unable to retain the carpet sample, then make sure you write down the brand, style number and color number for future reference.
    • Take a photo of the front and back of the carpet sample showing all the manufacturing details.
Ask These Key Carpet Buying Questions… Before you sign off for new carpet!
    • You always have the right to know the name of everyone who is working in your home.
    • Write down the full name and phone number of the installer.
    • Ask for his State Issued Contractor’s License Number (if required in your State)
    • Ask them to provide a Surety Bond and proof of Business Liability Insurance rider.
    • If your Carpet Dealer is providing carpet installation services for you, as part of a package deal, then the Carpet dealer is responsible to make sure the installer they provide is qualified and has all his legal and licensing affairs in order.
Before the installers arrive
    • Have furniture, wall pictures and knick-knacks removed from rooms to be carpeted.
    • Make sure all valuables are put away safe and secure.
When the installers arrive at your home
    • Check the carpet brand, color and style to make sure it is exactly what you ordered.
    • Cold carpet is more difficult to install. Have all rooms to be carpeted pre-heated to 70 degrees, 3 hours before and all during the installation process. This helps make sure the carpet can be stretched properly.
    • Carpet installation tools are razor sharp. Make sure kids and pets are safely out of the way in all areas to be carpeted. Never allow children or pets to roam free during installation.
What to do “After The Carpet Is installed”
    • Do a walk-around with the installer and inspect the carpet thoroughly. Make sure to inspect all the carpet seams. If any seams look ugly today, they won’t look any better tomorrow or next month. No seam is invisible, but they should not be obvious. Seams will not look better over time, no matter what they may tell you.
    • Ask the installer to fix any ugly seams right now, not later, unless they need to order more carpet to be able to fix it. Withhold final payment until you are satisfied.
    • Make sure all your carpet questions and concerns are addressed before the installer leaves your home.
Read Your New Carpet Warranty
    • Obtain a copy of the New Carpet Warranty and Read it. Most warranties are available online to read or print.
    • Do not make the final payment until you are completely satisfied with the completed job.
New Carpet Care and Maintenance
    • Read the manufacturer’s Carpet Stain Warranty and follow all cleaning suggestions and requirements.
    • Vacuum your carpet regularly with a good quality, well maintained machine. Spot clean as necessary.
    • Never use bleach on your carpet unless it is recommended in your new carpet warranty.
Consider Buying a New Carpet Vacuum
    • Visit my Best Vacuums page to learn more. Keep all receipts for professional carpet cleanings, as they are required as proof of proper maintenance if you ever need to file a Carpet Warranty claim.
    • Always hire a professional certified carpet cleaning company.
    • Never use a store-rented carpet cleaning machine to clean your carpets while under warranty.

Always hire a Certified Carpet Cleaning Company


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More Important Carpet Buying Information

Keep the original sales receipt forever and make sure the price of the carpet is shown separate from the price of the pad and installation.

You will need this receipt as proof of what you paid for the “Carpet Only” if you ever need to file a carpet warranty claim.

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Free Carpet Shopping Form

Print my free Carpet Shopping Form. It can help you make wise and informed carpet buying choices.

Free Carpet Shopping Form for Homeowners. Make sure know exactly what you are buying and how much it’s going to cost!

You will need to print up several copies and fill out one form for each separate carpet style you want to consider and compare.

How Much Carpet Do You Need?

The only thing you have to figure out for yourself is how much carpet you need to purchase (square feet).

Measuring for carpet can be tricky, so it would be wise to have an expert do the measuring unless you know how to measure for carpet accurately.

Carpet Seam Placement

Where to place the seams is an issue you might need to discuss with the salespeople who come to your home. Any room wider than 12 feet will require a seam, as most carpets are made 12 feet wide.

There may be several seam placement options in your situation. It’s always best to have carpet seams located out of main walkways if possible.

Carpet Measuring Strategies

Experts at measuring may be able to use excess carpet from one room to fill a gap in another room,  potentially saving you some serious money. This is the benefit of having a seasoned carpet expert measure your home.

Most carpet salespeople are able to measure accurately, but it’s always a smart idea to get several estimates and compare bids side by side. You don’t want to pay for more material than is necessary!


If you find there is a significant difference in measurements between one estimates, and there is no good reason for it, you may need to get another free estimate from a local carpet store.

Call a Local Carpet Installer

If you are still confused about the amount of material you need, you could hire an independent carpet installer to measure up your home for you. This could allow you to determine who has the most accurate measurements.

The small fee ($75 to $125?) they charge might be well worth the cost if they find a sizeable discrepancy in the estimates you have received. Ask them to provide you with a simple diagram of all the seam locations and total amount of material needed to complete the job.


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