What Grade of Carpet Should YOU Buy? Take My Free Carpet Foot-Traffic Test To Find Out!

How much does carpet cost?

What grade of carpet do I need?

What makes one carpet better than another?

How long does carpet last?

Should I choose a Staple Fiber or a Continuous Filament? 

What’s the best carpet for kids and pets?

What padding should I choose and why?

These are all very important questions that you need honest answers to! If you really want to get your absolute BEST carpet deal, you MUST do your carpet homework! Don’t take chances by trusting the advice of carpet salespeople. 

As a 30 year veteran of the carpet business and a consumer advocate, I am uniquely qualified to teach you how to choose your new carpet wisely, show you how to save time, save money and avoid common carpet scams.

To get started, take my free Carpet Foot-Traffic Test to see what GRADE of Carpet will meet your needs, goals, budget and lifestyle! Take my Free Carpet Foot Traffic Test Now!

Where to buy carpet?

I never recommend buying carpet or flooring from Lowe’s, Home  Depot or Empire Today. Why? In my opinion, they are not the best way to go for most homeowners. I  only recommend buying carpet from reputable, locally owned carpet dealers who have been in business for many years and have a vested interest in your local community.

There are so many carpet scams and rip-offs today that you need to know how to avoid it is mind-boggling! You could go from store to store HOPING to find a good deal on the right carpet, the right pad and get qualified installation, or you could follow my advice and let me help you find a reputable carpet dealer. See who I recommend near you!

State License, Bond and Insurance Requirements for Carpet and Flooring Installers

Is your Carpet Installer Licensed, Bonded and Insured? Here’s how to find out!

Having new carpet installed soon? Looking for a qualified carpet or flooring installer? Be sure to hire a Carpet layer or Carpet subcontractor with a valid state license, a surety bond and business liability insurance.  Click here to check and verify to make sure your carpet installer is in compliance with your state regulations.  

Seeking contractor license verification? Wondering who to call to check and verify a subcontractors license, bond or insurance coverage?

Wondering how to find a qualified and competent carpet installer?

See my Top ten questions to ask before you hire ANY carpet or flooring installer.  How to be sure you are not scammed or ripped-off!  How to avoid common homeowner pitfalls

Many states now require carpet and flooring installers to be licensed bonded and insured. This is designed to protect the homeowner in case of shoddy workmanship or to cover any damages or injuries caused by the contractor. You should always call your state or local agency to make sure whoever you hire to do work on or inside your home or business is properly licensed, bonded and insured according to the State and Local Laws where you live.

If a license is not required in your state you should still hire a contractor who has liability insurance. This will protect you in the event there is any damage caused by the contractor.  Ask to see a copy of his insurance policy and call the insurance company to verify it is in effect. You can also ask that your name and jobsite address be named on the policy to ensure you are fully covered. The insurance company will be happy to mail or fax you a copy of the policy showing you as covered under the contractor’s policy.

You can also check to see  if there have been any prior complaints filed against the contractor in question. Some state or local agencies keep records of complaints or judgements filed against contractors.

Why is it SO important to only hire carpet installers who have LIABILITY INSURANCE?

Liability insurance typically covers property damage or bodily injury caused by the contractor that occur as a result of the contractor’s work. 

Limitations on insurance contracts vary widely and policy exclusions for specific exposures are common. It’s important for you to understand the coverage your contractor has in place and you should ask your contractor what  his liability insurance policy limits are and what  losses the policy may or may not cover.

Most liability insurance policy limits for carpet layers or flooring installers are at or above $1,000,000 in overall coverage, perhaps depending on the size and scope of the contractor’s business, number of employees and annual sales volume.

Why is it SO important to only hire carpet installers who have a SURETY BOND?

A Surety Bond Protects homeowners from shoddy workmaship and will help pay the cost of removing, repairing or replacing bad or incompetent work by the contractor. It is common to have a $5,000, $10,000 or a $20,000 surety bond depending on the size and scope of the contractor’s business, number of employees and annual sales volume.

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