What Every Homeowner Must Know Before Buying New Carpet

If you are thinking about buying new Carpet soon then you’ve come to the Right Place! I am a 30-year veteran of the carpet business and a Consumer Advocate for the last 23 years.

Would you like to use “insider” secrets to choosing new carpet wisely? Would you like to learn how to avoid common retailer Carpet Scams? Do you want to discover the tricks and tips to negotiating a great deal on new Carpet for your home, home office, business or rental property?

It’s easy to save hundreds on your next carpet purchase if you have an expert advising you about where to go, what to do and what you need to avoid.

Getting a good price on your new Carpet is just one of five critical factors. You must follow my detailed guidelines in all 7 Carpet Buying Secrets in order to be totally successful in buying new Carpet. But before we get into that, you first need to ask yourself these 4 very important Carpet questions…

What Grade of Carpet Should I Select?

Not all carpets are created equal. Some carpets will last for 20 years, and some will wear out in less than 5 years. They may even cost about the same. You need to know how to tell the difference between a well-made carpet and a poorly made carpet. If you buy the wrong carpet you could be making a very costly mistake.

What Padding Type, Density and Thickness Should I Select?


Choosing the wrong Padding can void your carpet warranty and cause your carpet to wear out prematurely. In a sea of different Padding options which pad should you select? You must select a padding that matches your carpet AND your traffic level. Many consumers pay way too much for padding.

How can I be sure my carpet is installed properly?

If installed wrong your new Carpet could lose half of its potential life span. The problem is…A good carpet installer will charge the same amount as bad carpet installer and it is often hard to tell the difference between the two.

You need to know what questions to ask an independent installation contractor before they begin installing your new carpet or you might discover that your carpet was installed improperly after it’s already too late.

How Do I get a Good Deal on Carpet, Pad and Installation?

Knowing where to buy carpet is just as important as where not to buy carpet. Being able to recognize a good price when you see it is very important too. In the carpet business, you can easily pay too much for cheap carpet, but you’ll seldom find a bargain on top quality carpet. If it sounds too good to be true…

The problem is, it’s not easy to tell the difference between a Good Carpet Deal and a Sneaky Retail Carpet Scam. Carpet from Lowe’s and Home Depot?


Don’t be fooled by sneaky salespeople, some carpets are just not worth buying no matter how inexpensive they may be. They may look and feel absolutely wonderful when they are brand new but cheaply made carpets just don’t last very long. I am specifically referring to carpets made of Polyester.

You need to know which carpets are worth buying and which retailers you need to avoid and why. I can help you navigate through the sea of carpet choices and help you quickly narrow down your choices to a few that will work well for you and your family.

Finding the right carpet at a fair and square price will make you a happy camper but you still have a long way to go! Here’s what I mean…Let’s say you have found the perfect carpet at a good price. It’s a good quality carpet, you absolutely love the color and it can withstand your level of foot traffic for years to come.

Now what? You still need to get a good price on the correct Padding and get a good price on Qualified Installation. This is just as important as choosing the right grade of carpet.

What To Know Before Buying Carpet

Most carpet dealers will try to sell you everything in a package deal.  They don’t want you to know how much the installation is, and they don’t want you to know how much they are charging you for the padding. They just want you to write a check for the full amount due. You need to ask for an item by item cost breakdown. Reputable carpet stores will be happy to accommodate your request.

Many retail carpet stores have reasonable prices on their carpet at first glance, but then they charge extremely high prices on their padding and installation fees. This is a common carpet scam. You need to be sure you get a good price on the carpet, the pad, and the installation. But wait, there’s more you need to watch out for!


How much carpet do you really need? Who’s doing the measuring? Did they measure accurately? Are they charging you for more material then you actually need? How would you know if they were over-charging you for materials and labor?

You stand to lose hundreds if the carpet salesperson measures your home wrong.

Let’s say you find carpet, pad and installation for $30 per yard, if they charge you for 10 yards more than you actually need, you stand to lose $300 or more.

Retail carpet salespeople over-measure all the time, it’s how some unscrupulous retailers make extra money and it’s so easy to get away with because most consumers don’t have a clue about how much carpet they really need.

Choosing New Carpet is Confusing

Most Carpet Retailers and Manufacturers are taking steps to make choosing new carpet more confusing than ever! They have been removing the carpet specification information from their carpet samples and changing the style and color names to prevent you from comparison shopping at other local stores.

This is called “Private Labeling” and it is not good for you. You need to know how to avoid these obstacles and get all the information you need to make wise and  informed carpet choices.

Do Your Carpet Homework

There is only one easy way to be sure you get the right carpet at the right price and avoid the dozens of common carpet sales gimmicks, rip-offs and scams that exist in the marketplace today. Read my free articles.

You need unbiased carpet information and advice of a carpet expert like me. No, I don’t sell carpet, but you can quickly learn how to choose the right materials, save time and money, get your home measured accurately, installed properly and avoid scams.


What To Know Before Buying Carpet? Here is my complete List of Carpet Articles and Posts. Carpet is a major homeowner investment and you must make wise choices. If you don’t, you stand to lose hundreds if not thousands of dollars and end up unhappy with your purchase.

Carpet Dealer Directory

It’s hard to find an honest and reputable carpet store these days! That’s why I created my own special hand-picked list of locally-owned carpet and flooring stores. They give free estimates, offer fair prices, have knowledgeable staff, provide honest measuring and use qualified installers. Are there any Recommended Carpet Stores Near Me?

3 thoughts on “What Every Homeowner Must Know Before Buying New Carpet

  1. Need help. We entered into a time sensitive deal with a carpet company called Empire Today that seemed to offer us the moon. We’ve contracted for a freize carpet made of polyester for our den, bedrooms, and hallway based on the Sales reps recommendations and have one day to cancel. He did not have a sample of the padding, but said it was a level 7 that Empire installs as their premium padding. I would kindly pay you a consulting rate if you could offer some quick advice.


    1. Hi Dee,

      Thanks for your question, here is my take:

      I don’t know how long you hope your new carpet will last, but a POLYESTER frieze will mat down in a hurry and is not nearly as long lasting as a NYLON frieze. I would never recommend a polyester carpet to anyone who wants a durable and long lasting carpet. It sounds like you might want to cancel with Empire Today and take time to do some more research before you decide. My Carpet buying guide ebook will help you choose wisely and avoid scams. It’s well worth the $14.95 and is an instant download on my website or as a kindle ebook on Amazon.com – Alan


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