Best Times to Buy Carpet“Strike while the iron’s hot” –unknown proverb. Carpet prices are rarely set in stone. There is almost always room for negotiation. And even if there’s not, almost every store runs sales certain times of the year. So when does carpet go on sale? I’ll cover it in detail below, but it comes down to simple supply and demand. When demand is low, carpet tends to go on sale and your chances of negotiating a good deal are higher. When demand is high, you’re probably paying the store’s highest retail prices. (Note: Are you sure your carpet even needs to be replaced yet? Check out our article on how often carpet should be replaced to get an idea.) There are always exceptions, but using this information, you put your self in a better position to save. And carpet is a big purchase, so saving can mean hundreds, and in some cases, thousands of dollars. Not bad for information that can be summarized in one image:
2 best times of the year to buy carpetGoing back to supply and demand: demand for carpet is lowest when people don’t have time for major remodeling projects. There’s also a tendency to want to remodel in warmer weather. With that said, these are the two best times of year to buy carpet:
The Holiday SeasonKids are out on winterbreak. Many people are traveling. Money is tight after buying Christmas and Hanukah presents. People are stressed out and decorating to have family and friends over; the last thing they want to do is clear out their home to have carpet installed. Some salesmen may be desperately looking for a Christmas bonus from commission on your sale. This is when the biggest savings happen.
Best time to shop:December 21 to January 14.
Schools outLate spring is a great time to shop for new carpet. School is winding down, so kids have final tests, while adults are planning Memorial Day events and vacations. In addition, this is the calm before peak home sales season.
2nd best time to shop: May 14 to June 7.
3 times of the year to avoid buying carpetAgain, back to supply and demand. Avoid buying carpet when demand is high if you want to get the best deal. People love to perform big remodeling projects like carpet when the weather is nice and life slows down. Here are 3 times of year you may want to avoid:
Tax timeEveryone is rich. The “unexpected” bonus from the government gives people extra room in their budget, and many people spend this on new carpet.
Avoid: February 14 to April 14.
SummertimeThe warm and dry summer months are the peak times for remodeling and moving into new homes. With this comes the need for new carpet. The end of this season is marked when kids start going back to school.
Avoid: July 1 to August 14.
Pre-holidaysThis is a rare time when many families don’t have a lot going on. Summer vacations are over. Kids are now back in the swing of things at school. The next big event is often Thanksgiving with the winter holidays following shortly after. People want their homes to look nice for these events, so sometimes a holiday makeover is necessary.
Avoid: October 14 to November 14.
Captain’s tips on what to do next:You can get a good deal on carpet any time of year, but there’s no question it’s easier when demand is low. If you can’t shop at the best times, maybe you can at least avoid some of the high demand times of the year. Here’s what I recommend you do next:
- If you want to learn more about how to get a carpet deal, check out our guide on how to negotiate your flooring purchase.
- If you want unbiased help from start to finish of carpet shopping, check out my free guide on how to buy carpet.
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4 thoughts on “Best Times to Buy”
With the COVID slow sales, is August still a bad time this year to buy carpet?
That’s a good question–COVID actually has helped a lot of home improvement segments (not sure the exact impact on flooring yet) so I’d think this would mostly be the same. That said, you can find a good deal any time of year. I just think it’s easier in lower demand times.
Captain, We’ll be installing new carpet on our home this fall. We have a slab floor. In the past, there have been several cat and dog urine “incidents”. My question: Should we “treat” the slab for urine, prior to installing new pad and carpet? If so, how should the concrete slab be treated.
If the slab was sealed or is going to be sealed, the past pet urine probably isn’t a problem. On the other hand, if you still smell the urine, there’s a good chance it could be a problem. I personally have treated a slab for urine but I’ve heard of a mixture of anything from vinegar/water to bleach/water. The nice thing with a slab is it’s difficult to ruin. This page may also help. Good luck!