Alan Fletcher - Carpet
Expert and Consumer Advocate
you watch the nightly news on television you will hear about all sorts of scams and con
artists of every sort who are trying to con you out of your hard-earned money.
You would think that
by now, we consumers would have caught on and learned how to recognize a scam
when we see it. But
the sad truth is, scam artists are very good at their craft and a sucker is
born every minute.
need to know that Carpet Scams are quite common. You need to be aware that common
"shop at home" carpet scams could end up
costing you hundreds if not thousands of dollars. You also need to be
on guard at all times and be leery of any carpet deal that sounds too good to
be true. You also need to know that hungry commissioned carpet salespeople
might do or say anything just to make the sale.
protect yourself from falling victim to a common carpet scam you first need to know
what the common scams are and what you need to do to avoid them. Here is a
short list of the carpet scams I hear about
"basic" Carpet installation scam is becoming quite common these
days. Many carpet dealers advertise a special reduced rate for installation
or even "free installation" as an incentive for you to buy right
away. What they don't tell you is that their "basic" installation
only goes so far and if your job requires any work beyond their definition
of "basic" there will be some hefty additional charges for you to
You need to know what these extra charges are upfront, before you sign
on the dotted line. In my Carpet Buying Guide I reveal how much extra
installation charges should be, and what you can do to save money on carpet
installation by doing some of the easy work yourself.
"free pad" scam has been around for years. Sure, they may offer to
give you free padding with your purchase, but is the free pad worth having?
Sometimes not. The pad you purchase must meet the carpet manufacturer's
guidelines and also match the traffic level you have in your home. If they
offer you free pad, you need to be sure that the pad is the right pad for
for carpet is a learned ability that often takes years to perfect. New carpet
salespeople may not be as accurate as a seasoned carpet salesperson. A
talented carpet estimator can save you money by reducing the amount of
material waste. Experienced carpet estimators know of many ways to reduce
material waste, but this might result in added seams or seaming together
smaller carpet scraps to fill less-visible areas such as closets, landings or
Measuring: How Much Extra Carpet is Needed to do the Seams?
accurate measuring of your home is critical. If you are over-measured you
stand to overpay by hundreds. The only way to combat over-measuring is to get
several estimates from locally-owned carpet dealers and compare bids side
by side. Some carpet salespeople will not reveal their measurements to you
because they think you will use their measurements to buy from another dealer.
I highly discourage you from doing this, as it could backfire and cost you
hundreds. Take a look at my Preferred Carpet Dealers to see who I recommend
carpet dealers use the "one-price" for the whole job and this is
an accepted practice. They
want to make it easy for the customer by doing a package deal that includes
the carpet, pad and installation for one price per square foot, or by the
square yard. This may be a convenience for most homeowners on one hand, but it is also a
way for some unscrupulous retailers to hide their high prices for padding and
installation. In general, a good quality Rebond carpet padding will typically cost about
$4 to $5 per square yard (approx. .44 to .55 per sq. ft.). Carpet
installation will average about $6.00 per sq. yard (approx .66 per sq. foot.)
Beyond that, what's left is the price of the carpet.
ask for an itemized invoice that shows the price of the carpet shown separately from the
price of the pad and installation. This is a reasonable request and is
required documentation you will need in the event you ever have need to submit a warranty claim with the carpet manufacturer.
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