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Everyone’s been asking me this question lately. Is there a best time of year to buy new carpet? If you know what to do, the answer is YES!
You can save as much as 25% or more by knowing when to buy and how to negotiate your best deal. You just need some free and unbiased carpet buying information!
Carpet retailers have busy seasons and slow seasons. If you try to negotiate a better deal during their busy season, then you don’t stand much of a chance to beat them down on the price. However, if you negotiate wisely during their slow season then you stand a very good chance of negotiating a very sweet carpet deal for yourself.
The Worst Times to Buy New Carpet.
Now, when are the slow seasons you ask? Let me start by telling you when the busy seasons are so you can get a better understanding of the big picture.
The real question is, when do people buy carpet most? You don’t want to buy carpet when everyone else is buying. It’s almost impossible to negotiate a great deal on carpet when there are other customers waiting in line behind you holding their checkbooks.
Here are the big three ”busy” seasons to steer clear of:
- Between February 20th and April 30th when people are expecting a tax refund
- From the 4th of July through August 31st. During the hot summer months when people are remodeling an existing home
or moving into a new home before the new school year starts.
- Mid-October thru December 10th. That’s when many homeowners are putting in new carpet because relatives and guests are coming for thanksgiving dinner and other upcoming holidays.
The Best Times to Buy New Carpet.
Alright, now you know when NOT to buy carpet if you want to negotiate your best deal. Now lets look at the three windows of “money-saving” opportunity so you know exactly when IS the best time to buy new carpet.
Once December 15th rolls around, the Christmas trees are going up and holiday shopping is at an all time high. This means that buying after December 10th is a great time to buy new carpet. This window of opportunity lasts through January 31st.
By Feb 15th it’s all done, as the tax refunds are starting to come in. People who file their tax returns early know how much their refund will be and that’s when carpet shopping goes into full swing. You’ll be able to get the best deals at the beginning of January when this slow season is in full swing.
The next slow season is from May 1st to June 30th. The tax refund is spent, Memorial Day weekend is busy, the kids are getting out of school, vacation planning is underway and there is plenty of springtime gardening to do.
Buying new carpet is not at the top of the priority list for most people during this time. This makes it a great time for you to negotiate a great carpet deal.
I suggest shopping for new carpet from May 15th through June 10th for the best negotiating power.
The next slow season comes right after the kids go back to school and lasts the whole month of September. Everyone is getting settled into a new school year regimen, enjoying the last few weeks of hot summer weather, and getting ready for the autumn leaves to fall.
No one wants to think about getting ready for the holidays just yet. September is a great time to negotiate a great deal on new carpet for your home.
This window of opportunity is not very long, I suggest shopping early in September because once people start thinking about the holidays it is all done until December 10th..