Why do most homeowners overpay for new Carpet and Flooring?
It’s because they fail to do their homework! By doing a few hours of research, most homeowners can save a ton of money and end up selecting the right grade of carpet or flooring product that will meet or exceed their goals, lifestyle and overall expectations.
I have written dozens of online pages on my websites which contain valuable content that you can use to help you make wise and informed carpet and flooring selections.
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Over the next few years, as our economy steadily recovers and the housing market continues to regain market value, I expect the prices for new carpet and flooring products and installation to increase significantly. I expect a 15% increase in most flooring product prices and a 25% increase in carpet and flooring installation costs over the next 5 years.
I believe there will be a shortage of qualified and well trained installers and that installation costs will increase as carpet retailers realize they have to pay more to retain the most qualified and reliable flooring installers. Significant increases in business expenses, liability insurance and state licensing costs, materials and supplies, home costs and basic inflation will be the main reasons for the increase in pay that will be demanded by reputable carpet and flooring installers nationwide.
Frankly, I think flooring installers have been under-paid for the past 20 years and an increase in pay is long overdue.
The Carpet Professor’s Suggestion:
If you are in the market for new carpet or flooring, I suggest you buy sooner rather than later if you want to get the best deal possible.
I am hoping you can offer some advice. We purchased Mohawk Smartstrand carpet for the master bedroom of a “seasonal” residence. Two adults and no pets inhabit the residence for approximately 5 months of the year.
The condo is in Florida. The carpet was purchased 8/2013. The carpet is showing excessive wear patterns anywhere we have to walk on and the carpet looks “matted” and frayed. Mohawk denied our claim because we didn’t have the carpet cleaned after 18 months. We pointed out that we had not been living in the residence for a total of 18 months. The store we purchased from in Naples, Florida asked us to have it cleaned and recommended a carpet cleaning company. Now after the cleaning, the carpet fibers look worse and the carpet looks dirty. The carpet cleaner also noted the wear patterns were not improved by the cleaning.
By Alan Fletcher – Carpet Expert and Consumer advocate
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Thank you so much for your information on carpet and how to measure and purchase. I have had your recommended dealer out to measure to give me an estimate. We both came up with the same square footage of 566 but they added 118 sq. feet more making the total 684sq ft. Is that reasonable to add that much for laying the carpet and seams? Its 3 separate bedrooms of carpet and the connecting hall is hardwood.
Thank you in advance for your help.
Sincerely, KJ in Texas
Thanks for your email! Measuring for carpet is surely challenging especially when seams are involved. I understand your concerns.
Unless your bedrooms are all less than 12 feet in width, you will need some extra carpet to do the seams properly. Since it appears that you do need seams, that means one or more of your bedroom(s) are wider than 12 feet. I have no idea how they figured the additional carpet needed for the seams as there are many ways to do so. You should feel comfortable to call the salesperson and ask them to help you understand how they did their calculations and where the seams are located and in how many pieces. Let me explain how it works…
Carpet usually comes in 12 foot widths.
Every carpet has a nap that must be laid down in the same direction when doing seams. (You can’t ¼ turn the carpet)
Carpets with a pattern repeat require more carpet to properly line up the seams.
Let’s say for example that your master bedroom is 13.5 x 16, that would mean you would need a seam along one wall about two foot wide by sixteen feet long. If you order just 2 extra feet of carpet, the seam would end up being pieced together in 8 pieces. That would be time consuming and difficult to do and might not look too good. You want to have as few seams as possible. So to do the seam in just three pieces you would need to order an extra 6 feet of carpet. That’s 6’ x 12’ or 72 sq. feet.
In your case they have ordered about 10 extra feet (10’ x 12’) so you may have more than one bedroom that requires seams or maybe there a pattern match to contend with. The 118 sq. feet they have added appears to be reasonable. The amount of extra carpet needed also depends on how many pieces of carpet are calculated to do the seams.
Below I show two examples, one room has the seam made using three pieces of carpet and the other only uses two pieces of carpet to make the seam.
Notice the difference in square feet needed. Perhaps these rough diagrams will help.
Before You Buy New Carpet Checklist – CarpetProfessor.com
There are certain wise steps every homeowner should take in order to make sure the carpet you buy will meet your needs and goals and that you don’t make simple yet costly carpet buying mistakes.
The Carpet Professor (www.carpetprofessor.com) has published a free and useful list of The order of events you need to be aware of, and what issues you need to look out for, in a handy and useful PDF file entitled: “Before You Buy New Carpet Checklist”.
Click the link below to learn secrets to how to buy carpet wisely, and what you need to do to make sure your carpet is selected wisely and installed properly and you have few problems along the way!
Many carpet salespeople are not well trained in the art of carpet measuring and may sell you more carpet than you actually need. It’s a common problem that could end up costing you hundreds more than you actually need to spend. Here’s how to protect yourself from overmeasuring:
To protect yourself from being overcharged for materials or labor, you need to find out approximately how much carpet you need to buy. But remember, having a carpet professional measure your home for you is always the best way to go! Notice that I said “Carpet Professional”, I did not say “Carpet Salesperson”. Some salespeople measure very well while others have absolutely no idea what they are doing, and you might not be able to tell the difference until it’s too late.
However, you can easily learn how to measure your home for carpet in four simple steps. This can help you avoid being overcharged for carpet, pad and installation or help you get a good idea about how much your carpet project is going to cost. You just need a tape measure, paper and pencil and a calculater.
After you do all four steps and measure your home for carpet, you can also take your diagrams to the carpet retailer or other carpet seller and they can determine how much carpet you need from your diagram. This will help you confirm how much carpet you need and help prevent you from being overcharged for materials and labor.
Draw a simple diagram of your home. I did this drawing on my computer using a simple “paint” program; you have a paint program on your computer too, look in “accessories” in your program files.
The drawing doesn’t have to be perfect but the measurements need to be accurate. Just a simple drawing with all the rooms shown is all you need. If you have a two story home, then do two drawings, one for upper, one for lower. Your drawing should look something like this…