Carpet Buying Tips (save money, avoid scams, learn from others)
Breaking news: carpet is a big investment.
The good news? Big investments equal big savings when you know what you’re doing. And when you get carpet right the first time, you won’t have to think about it again for over a decade.
That’s the purpose of these carpet buying tips… Learning from others to get your carpet purchase right the first time, and saving hundreds of dollars while you do it.
Before you start: check out our Captain’s Carpet Buying Guide if you haven’t already. It’s free, and it’s powerful. You’ll know more than 90% of carpet salesman, and you’ll learn everything you need to buy carpet.
These carpet buying tips are a supplement to the guide. Some tips will “fill in holes” on what carpet you might need for specific situations. Some tips will take your savings to the next level. Here’s a previous of what I’ll cover:
- When and where to buy your carpet
- Carpet case studies: learn from others and what carpet you need for specific situations
- Scams, sales tricks, and other costly mistakes
- Money saving tips
- Interior design aspects of carpet
- other articles that have important carpet buying gems
Each of these bullets is a category below. Go ahead and get started…
When and Where to Buy
Before you shop, you have to know what store you’re going to and when you’re going there. Different types of carpet stores (big box vs local vs buy at your home) have different philosophies on selling you carpet. There are pros and cons of each. When you buy can also make a difference. Is this a good or bad buying season?
|Best times of the year to buy carpet|
|Can you buy carpet online? And is it worth it?|
|Where should you buy carpet: big box store? Local store? And more|
Carpet Case Studies
The most disappointing emails I get are from people that tell me about a disaster they had with their previous carpet. The good news is you can learn from these mistakes. In these articles, I lay out what went wrong with other shoppers carpet purchase. I also give my take on what is the best carpet and padding on case-by-case scenarios. See if any of the scenarios match with your home and lifestyle.
Scams, sales tricks, and other costly mistakes
Watch out for these landmines! This may be the most important section on the site because a poor carpet purchase can cost you thousands (of course, you need to already know the basics of how to buy carpet). Being aware of these common and not so common pitfalls to avoid will help prevent you from being a carpet victim.
Goldmine: money saving tips
There’s something appealing about saving money. Every tip on this site indirectly save you money. What do I mean by indirectly? A good example is a tip that tells you the best carpet with kids. It’s not a “direct” savings, but your carpet lasts longer so you don’t have to pay for new carpet as soon. This section covers the direct savings tips. These are the tips that save you money the day you go to the store.
Interior design aspects of your carpet purchase
I’m definitely not a design expert. But don’t worry, I got help here. This section is a mix of input from interior design experts, what I’ve personally seen that looks good, and what homeowners have told me they like. The goal here is to not only help you pick a design you’ll love in your home today but also 10 years from now.
|How to pick your carpet color from trends to matching furniture|
|More design tips to come!|
Other articles that may be handy
Other flooring options
It’s important to know what your options are for flooring. The Captain helps you with hard surfaces and deciding which will work best for your flooring job.
|The case for carpet instead of hardwood|
|The case for hardwood instead of carpet|
|Laminate vs tile flooring [both have a place in your home]|
Captain’s parting words!
Whew, we just covered a lot!
These tips combined with our guide on how to buy carpet give you a powerful edge when you buy carpet. You did already read the carpet buying guide, right? If not, do yourself a favor and read it. I would read it before the tips on this page. If it’s too late for that, definitely check it out before going to the store.
Now you have a plan on exactly what carpet you need and how to get it at the best price. Should be fun from here on out!