Shop-at-Home Carpet Scams – What consumers need to know…

Are you going to be in the market for new carpet anytime soon? Selecting the right carpet is more difficult than ever and it’s so easy to spend way more than you need to. Carpet Scams are more common than ever and homeowners need to learn how to avoid common pitfalls and especially how to avoid the “shop at home” carpet scams. 

Aside from the private label scam where they change the carpet style name and color to prevent you from comparison shopping, there are also pad scams, installation scams, bait and switch scams, measuring scams and unnecessary upgrade scams to name just a few.

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Avoid Carpet Scams – How to choose new carpet wisely, save time, money & headaches!

Have you ever bought a new car? The car dealerships have some sneaky tactics for sure, but they are all fairly predictable. Most of their sneaky sales tricks are publicized by watchdog groups and any consumer can be well advised if they do their homework first. But buying new Carpet for your home is a different story…

Retail carpet scams are  much easier to fall victim to because they are harder to detect and not well publicized. For example: Carpet salespeople have the unique opportunity to be able to come into your home to measure how much carpet you require. This is where they have the chance to quickly sum you up. They can take a look around and make an instant evaluation of your lifestyle and measure your financial status by what they see displayed inside and outside your home. Are there expensive cars in the driveway? Is the home located in an upscale neighborhood?

Sly carpet salespeople can quickly sum up your financial capabilities. This is where any homeowner can find themselves in a compromising situation. Do you trust that the salesperson is giving you and honest estimate? Or are you getting an inflated estimate? Are your carpet measurements accurate or are you being charged for more materials than you actually need? How would you know for sure? These are common carpet scams and there are plenty more that unsuspecting homeowners need to know about and watch out for. 

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Selecting the Right Carpet Pad – What You Need To Know!

A certain type, thickness and density of padding is required by every carpet manufacturer to maintain your carpet warranty.

Be sure to check with the carpet manufacturer directly. Do not expect the retailer to choose the correct pad for you, as it is your responsibility to make sure the correct pad is installed. If the wrong type, thickness or density pad is used, your carpet may develop wrinkles which is costly to fix and can significantly decrease the life span of your carpet.

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Should You Buy Polyester or P.E.T. Polyester Carpet?

Q.  I find Carpet shopping is quite frustrating. I have been to 8 carpet stores in the past few days. Each time the salesperson tries to steer me towards polyester. I hear it mats down quickly, is this true? I find it difficult to comparison shop because most of them don’t give you any specifications of the carpet, but just say that this is a good carpet and I can give it to you for this or that price. I have a busy household with kids and pets, what type, brand or grade of carpet will work best for me and not cost a fortune? What makes one carpet better than another?  HELP!

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