#1 Unbiased Carpet Buying Guide
Last update: July 2018
Seven years ago, I knew nothing about carpet.
That’s when my dad (the Carpet Captain) asked me for help. Many of his loyal carpet cleaning customers asked him for advice when it was time to replace their carpet.
The problem is this was never a straightforward answer. And even if he did have a lengthy conversation with them, they would forget important details by the time they got to the carpet store. His solution was for me to find a reliable internet resource that answered the question,
“How do I buy carpet?”
I Googled it but didn’t come up with much… a few websites that seemed to be promoting their own product. Nothing that we felt comfortable recommending.
So we decided to make our own website. It started small, just answering the most common questions about buying carpet. We’ve added to it every year. In 2018, we continue to update it and make it more user-friendly.
Today, it’s the internet’s #1 unbiased carpet buying guide.
(that’s all I’ll bore you on how Carpet Captain started, but if you want to know more, you can read it here)
My favorite part of this guide is that we made it to help you… not to sell to you (after all, we don’t even manufacture or sell carpet). Our help-first mentality led to emails like this one:
“I’m really amazed at all the information in it and wish I had this knowledge when I purchased my carpet back in 2007 … Your website is an example of how useful the internet can be.”
I don’t share this back-story with you to brag. I share it so you will know that this guide won’t waste your time.
Not only will it be a valuable use of your time, but I could charge $500 (yes, five hundred) for this information and the average shopper would come out ahead.
How so? Because you’ll learn this and more:
- why most people gravitate toward the wrong carpet and pad (and why that leads to you replacing your carpet 2 years earlier)
- simple ways to save 10% or more on your invoice
- the “bells and whistles” that are worthless to you (a salesman on commission may disagree)
- most common carpet sales tricks and scams
- how industry insiders buy carpet for their own homes
- extend the life of your carpet with the right “tools”
Let’s say reading this guide gets you a 20% better deal on a $3,000 carpet purchase. That’s a $600 savings. And with everything you’ll learn, this is most likely a conservative estimate. Think if you’re one of the people that avoids buying a “15-year carpet” that goes bad in 3 years… that’d be a multi-thousand dollar savings!
$600 gained – $500 cost of the guide = $100 total gain.
The great thing about this math is I’m not charging you $500. To you, this unbiased guide is free. The only favor I ask in return is you get good use out of it.
Oh, and one more favor to ask: If you’re on Pinterest, I just started a Pinterest account. It helps me stay motivated if you follow, and you’ll find carpet and flooring inspiration and cleaning tips. Just click this button: Carpet Captain
How to buy carpet (+ table of contents)
To cover everything you need to know about how to buy carpet without the headache, I’ve broken it down into easy phases and steps. Phases are stages of the carpet buying process: estimating costs, choosing carpet and pad, going to the store… you get the picture. Each Phase is broken down into steps. These are the specific actions you will need to take to buy the carpet.
To make it easy, I’ve included a “table of contents” with a description of each phase below. If you want to skip around, just click the Phase, and it will take you directly to that part of the guide. I recommend going through each in order.
Here are the 5 phases to buy carpet:
Phase One: Get basic 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.
Phase Two: Plan the perfect carpet and pad for your home. This is the “meat and potatoes” of carpet shopping. I’ll guide you through what carpet will be a perfect fit for your home. From specifications to styles to padding. You’ll know what matters in carpet better than 90% of salesmen—and promise no sales pitch.
Phase Three: Decide when and what where you want to buy from. At this point, you know about what it will cost and what carpet you need. Now let’s put it on your calendar at the most optimal time (different dates can affect costs and health) And who are you going to buy from? Let’s make a list keeping in mind the pros and cons of different types of stores.
Phase Four: Use the last 3 steps to go to the store and buy carpet. The last 3 steps gave you the details you need to go to the store and buy carpet. This section focuses on what to expect in the store, and some key buying tips that will save you money and future stress.
Phase Five: 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 they still get ripped off. Get our best industry tips for making sure you get everything you should.
Phase X: Prepare for after the purchase. Now you can experience your awesome new carpet, and take pride in the fact that you probably did a better job buying it than 99% of people. But make sure not to ruin your efforts by void the warranty or using the wrong vacuum. It’s worth bookmarking our carpet owners section for later use.
Of course, knowing the steps just scratches the surface. But I’ve got you covered. Everything you need to know to complete each step (better than 99% of other carpet shoppers) is included below. Click a link above to skip to a specific step. Or my favorite way to use this guide: just start scrolling down, and I’ll walk you through it.
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.
Any questions left on buying carpet? Let me know in the comments below.