#1 Unbiased Carpet Buying Guide
Last update: November 2018
This comprehensive carpet buying guide covers everything you need to know when shopping for carpet without a sales pitch.
A little background: It began as a project to help my father’s carpet cleaning customers when it came time for them to buy new carpet. He wanted a website to recommend to his customers when they were shopping for carpet, but all the sites we found either were incomplete or biased (trying to sell you a certain carpet, pad, or stain treatment).
So we decided to create our own site helping people buy carpet, and here it is. It’s been edited over the years to respond to our readers feedback, include new carpet technology, and just be more helpful.
There’s more to the story, but I don’t want to bore you. If you’re interested in the history of how Carpet Captain started, you can read more about it here.
The work put in to this guide has helped hundreds of thousands of carpet shoppers like this one:
I don’t share this with you to pat myself on the back; I share it so you will know that this guide won’t waste your time.
So what will you learn?
Of course, this is all for free. The site is supported by advertisements, and it can be assumed where there is a link to a product or service, I make a small commission. However, I only recommend products and services I believe in and apreciate your support. If you’d like to help out in any other way, I’m trying to get Pinterest off the ground, and more followers = more motivation. You’ll find information on buying and maintaining all types of floors. Just click this button to follow: Carpet Captain
How to buy carpet (table of contents)
How do you buy carpet?
I recommend reading through this guide top to bottom. There are 15 steps divided in 5 phases, and it should be a pretty easy read.
If you want to skip around, you can see what each phase is about below. If you click the button, it will take you directly to that section.
Here’s a preview of the 5 phases to buying carpet:
(if you want a professional to help you with all the steps below–getting an estimate, choosing the best carpet, and installation–you can click here to fill out a form for pre-qualified pros in your area)
Get estimated initial projects costs. You can start planning financing and budgeting. This step comes first because you need to know what you’re getting into financially. If you don’t, it will be difficult to determine what type of carpet you’ll need, when to buy, etc.
Plan the perfect carpet and pad for your home. This is the “meat and potatoes” of carpet shopping. You’ll learn what makes durable carpet and padding, and based on your home’s needs, what you’d be over-paying for. You’ll know what matters in carpet better than 90% of salesmen—and promise no sales pitch.
Who and when? At this point, you know what you want and about how much it will cost. Now let’s put it on your calendar at the most optimal time (different dates can affect costs and health). Also, who should you buy from? There’s different pros and cons depending on who your needs. This will help you make the decision.
Shopping day: questions to ask, scams to avoid, hidden fees, negotiating. You’ve put in the hard work now, and teaches you how to side-step making it all go to waste due to a scam or just poor buy. Learn the right questions to ask and scams to avoid.
Prep for installation day. This isn’t just cleaning your home. Yes, you’ve bought the carpet, but the journey isn’t over. Unfortunately, for some people, everything is good to this point. But at the end of the day, the carpet will only be as good as the installation. Here’s how to prep.
After the purchase. You can relax and congratulate yourself on an excellent job buying your new flooring. Here are just a few articles you might want to check out to take care of your new carpet.
Captain’s parting words!
You + Carpet Captain = the power of the internet. You’re now one of roughly half-million carpet shoppers savvy enough to take a proactive approach and utilize Carpet Captain to help with their purchase. Sounds like a big group, but it’s more of an elite few when you look at how many people buy carpet each year.
More people take a passive approach – walk into the store, listen to a sales pitch, look at “warranties” and “carpet durability ratings,” and buy what seems reasonable. This passive approach ultimately leads you to buy whatever the retailer wants to sell you. And this is probably not the same as what is best for your home and finances.
The good news: hard-work pays off. And with a major home improvement like flooring, it pays big.
Now go enjoy your new carpet, and thanks for letting me be part of the process. You probably won’t go through this again for at least 10 years.
One final note: if you’d like someone to help you with the carpet shopping process, or just want to get a quote from an installer. HomeAdvisor does a great job of filtering only highly-qualified installers. You can click here to get a free quote
Any questions left on buying carpet? Let me know in the comments below.