When is the Best Time to Buy New Carpet?

Best Time to Buy Carpet?

2020 by Alan Fletcher – 30+ year Carpet Expert and Consumer Advocate

Take advantage of my 30+ years of experience in the carpet business! Learn How to choose new carpet wisely, from who, when, where and How to get your Absolute BEST New Carpet Deal! Learn How To Save Time & Money and take advantage of all my FREE Insider-Secrets to Avoid Common Retail Carpet Scams!

Everyone’s been asking me this question lately. Is there a best time of year to buy new carpet? If you know what to do, the answer is YES! 

 

You can save as much as 25% or more by knowing when to buy and how to negotiate your best deal. You just need some free and unbiased carpet buying information!

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Carpet retailers have busy seasons and slow seasons. If you try to negotiate a better deal during their busy season, then you don’t stand much of a chance to beat them down on the price. However, if you negotiate wisely during their slow season then you stand a very good chance of negotiating a very sweet carpet deal for yourself.

 

The Worst Times to Buy New Carpet.

 

Now, when are the slow seasons you ask? Let me start by telling you when the busy seasons are so you can get a better understanding of the big picture.  The real question is, when do people buy carpet most? You don’t want to buy carpet when everyone else is buying. It’s almost impossible to negotiate a great deal on carpet when there are other customers waiting in line behind you holding their checkbooks. 

 

Here are the big three ”busy” seasons to steer clear of:

1.  Between February 20th and April 30th when people are expecting a tax refund

2. From the 4th of July through August 31st. During the hot summer months when people are remodeling an existing home or moving into a new home before the new school year starts.

3. Mid-October thru December 10th.  That’s when many homeowners are putting in new carpet because relatives and guests are coming for thanksgiving dinner and other upcoming holidays.

 

 

The Best Times to Buy New Carpet.

 

Alright, now you know when NOT to buy carpet if you want to negotiate your best deal. Now lets look at the three windows of “money-saving” opportunity so you know exactly when IS the best time to buy new carpet.

 

Once December 15th rolls around, the Christmas trees are going up and holiday shopping is at an all time high. This means that buying after December 10th is a great time to buy new carpet. This window of opportunity lasts through January 31st. By Feb 15th it’s all done, as the tax refunds are starting to come in. People who file their tax returns early know how much their refund will be and that’s when carpet shopping goes into full swing. You’ll be able to get the best deals at the beginning of January when this slow season is in full swing.

 

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The next slow season is from May 1st to June 30th. The tax refund is spent, Memorial Day weekend is busy, the kids are getting out of school, vacation planning is underway and their is plenty of springtime gardening to do. Buying new carpet is not at the top of the priority list for most people during this time. This makes it a great time for you to negotiate a great carpet deal. I suggest shopping for new carpet from May 15th through June 10th for the best negotiating power.

 

The next slow season comes right after the kids go back to school and lasts the whole month of September. Everyone is getting settled into a new school year regimen, enjoying the last few weeks of hot summer weather, and getting ready for the autumn leaves to fall. No one wants to think about getting ready for the holidays just yet. September is a great time to negotiate a great deal on new carpet for your home. This window of opportunity is not very long, I suggest shopping early in September because once people start thinking about the holidays it is all done until December 10th..

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Mohawk Smartstrand Carpet Complaint (aka Sorona, PTT or Triexta)

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Smartstrand Carpet Complaint – Mohawk Carpet Complaint Denial

Dear Alan

I am hoping you can offer some advice. We purchased Mohawk Smartstrand carpet for the master bedroom of a “seasonal” residence. Two adults and no pets inhabit the residence for approximately 5 months of the year. Mohawk Carpet Complaint was Denied.

The condo is in Florida. The carpet was purchased 8/2013. The carpet is showing excessive wear patterns anywhere we have to walk on and the carpet looks “matted” and frayed. Mohawk denied our claim because we didn’t have the carpet cleaned after 18 months. We pointed out that we had not been living in the residence for a total of 18 months. The store we purchased from in Naples, Florida asked us to have it cleaned and recommended a carpet cleaning company. Now after the cleaning, the carpet fibers look worse and the carpet looks dirty. The carpet cleaner also noted the wear patterns were not improved by the cleaning.

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Mohawk has been difficult to deal with and the dealer where we bought it is not standing behind their product. Is there any way to contact someone at Mohawk other than the usual customer service representatives, who might have some authority to help us? Do you have any suggestions or recommendations?

Smartstrand Carpet Complaint Denial

Thank you for any assistance,

Ron

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Hi Ron

Can you tell me the room measurements and the price you paid for the carpet only?  (Per square yard or by per square foot)

What type and density of padding was used? What was the total price for the whole job, carpet pad and installation?

Is this a beach house?

Alan

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Dear Alan

Thank you for getting back to me. I’m so discouraged by this situation.

No, it’s a condo on the 5th floor of a 15 story building, not directly on any body of water. The pad used was 7/16”, 7lbs density. Currently the carpet retails for $5.49 a square foot. I measured the room myself; the main area is 14’ x 29’. There is a 4x 4 entry area leading into the large area. There is a 10’x 4’ hallway from the main area leading to a bathroom and a walk in closet along the hallway approx 13’ x 5’.

Ron

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Hi Ron

Here is my opinion on the issue:

From your provided information, it appears from the amount you spent on carpet tells me that it is a good quality carpet (about $45 per sq yard) and the pad they used was of sufficient quality and density. The problems you are dealing with should not be happening to you. If a carpet shows major signs of wear and tear after just a few months, then there is something seriously wrong. I suspect there is a manufacturing defect of some kind. Your carpet dealer is your best bet for a solution to your problem.

A locally owned carpet dealer has some leverage with the carpet manufacturer in situations like this. Keep calling and asking for their help to resolve this. If you can’t get your carpet dealer to help you get your carpet inspected; get a valid claim filed with the carpet manufacturer, and/or get some sort of resolution, then you may want to consider filing a lawsuit in small claims court. (It’s not a fun thing to do and is often difficult to win).

Alan

Mohawk Smartstrand Carpet Complaint Denied

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Dear Alan

Interesting update! The local carpet dealer has now offered us a replacement allowance of $2,100 plus free labor if I purchase new carpet from them. I’m enjoying reading your free website articles about how and where to purchase new carpet.

Many thanks for all your help and advice!

Ron

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What is a Good Carpet Choice for Kids Dogs Cats and Pets?

Q. I am looking for a good quality carpet that can withstand children, cats, dogs and heavy traffic. I have a formal living room that you land in upon entering my house. To get to any other part of the house at that point, one needs to walk through the living room. My biggest problem is the traffic marks from the front door, across the living room and down the hallway to the bedrooms. This gets dirty fast.

Alan’s response:

A Nylon Frieze is one of the most durable and best-wearing carpet styles. There is only one type of carpet fiber that can withstand kids, pets, and heavy traffic, it’s a Nylon Frieze. Depending on how long you want your carpet to last, you need to choose accordingly. I suggest you take my free Carpet Foot Traffic Test and follow the prompts until you determine what face-weight and pile density might best meet your needs and goals.

For example: A 100% nylon frieze carpet style with a tuft twist of at least 6, a face weight of 38 to 45-oz, and a pile density of at 1800-2200 is designed to withstand 10 to 15 years of medium to heavy traffic. Frieze styles wear so well because they have a higher tuft twist and Nylon is the most durable fiber.

Smartstrand by Mohawk is another good option if you want a carpet that is easy to clean and is excellent at resisting stains. Between Nylon and Smartstrand I think that the most important thing to consider is your budget and how long you want your new carpet to last. Overall, Nylon will last longer, but Smartstrand will be a bit easier to clean. Smartstrand is also known as Triexta or PTT or Sorona and was invented by DuPont. Personally I am a fan of Nylon because it has stood the teat of time for over 70 years while Smartstrand has been around for about 10 years.

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What Does BCF Mean?

Q. I have four kids and three dogs. I need a carpet that is able to take a beating. My question: I am confused about carpet specifications. What is BCF?  I see these initials on the back of some carpet samples but not others? What does this mean?

Alan’s response:

BCF stands for Bulked Continuous Filament. You want to buy a carpet made from a continuous filament fiber. The work “Bulked” refers to a process where the manufacturer makes the strand of fiber beefed up, or bulked to create a fatter and more beefy feel. Think of it like using a volumizer on your hair, it makes it feel thicker and fuller.  The “CF” or Continuous Filament, means the strand is formed or “extruded”  in one long strand.  When they make carpet from a CF fiber is virtually eliminates the shedding and fuzzing that you experience with a carpet made from a Staple Fiber.

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What is a Staple Fiber?

A Staple Fiber is short lengths of fiber, usually 3 to 10 inches long, that are spun together to make a long strand. Strands are then twisted to form a tuft. When carpet is made using staple fibers, the carpet will tend to shed and fuzz for up to a year after installation. While this is normal, it is not a result that most homeowners enjoy living with. When you vacuum up bag after bag of loose fibers, it makes you think your new carpet will shed so much it will eventually become totally bald! So unless you like vacuuming three times a day, I suggest you be sure to buy a carpet made from a Continuous Filament Fiber.

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Can Dirty Carpet Affect those with Asthma, COPD or Allergies?

How Often should I have my Carpets Cleaned? What about Allergies, Asthma, COPD or other Respiratory Problems Caused by Dirty Carpet?

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The cost for quality carpet cleaning depends on the age and condition of your carpet, how often you have it cleaned and the amount of time and effort it will take to do the job right.

 

4 Facts To Know About Carpet Cleaning:

  1. How Often Should I Have My Carpet Cleaned if I have Allergies or Asthma?
  2. How to find an Honest and Reputable Carpet Cleaning Company?
  3. How To Avoid Carpet Cleaning Scams and Costly Consumer Mistakes
  4. What to do about Pet Damage; Odor, Carpet Stains and Carpet Repairs

Carpet Cleaning Rule # 1

The dirtier your carpet is… the more it’s going to cost to have it cleaned properly.

Imagine not cleaning your stove-top for a week, or a month or a year! How much more difficult would it be for you to clean it? If your stove top was just dirty from last night’s meal then it might take just a few quick swipes with a damp cloth or sponge to get the surface clean again.

But if you had not cleaned it after daily use for a week or more, then can you imagine how long it could take to clean it and how much more difficult the task would be? The same goes for your carpet.

If you haven’t had your carpet cleaned in a long time, no matter who you call… it’s going to take some extra time & effort to do a thorough job. This means it will cost you more to get the job done right!

 

Have Allergies, Asthma or Respiratory Issues? Clean your carpets more often!

Any carpet pile can harbor plenty of dirt, dust and debris. Even the most powerful vacuums can’t remove everything embedded deep in the carpet pile. Having your carpet cleaned an a regular basis can not only help reduce the overall cost, but may also help you and your family live in a much cleaner living environment

 

Can Bad Air Quality Cause Respiratory Problems?

Having your carpet cleaned every other year is the standard in a normal household. However, if you have a large family, you should have your carpet cleaned more often. If you or your family have any respiratory issues like asthma, COPD or allergies, then I think it would be wise to have your carpet cleaned more often.

Cleaning your carpet once every 18 months, or even once a year, may help reduce the potential for respiratory symptoms, or problems caused from exposure to air-borne pollutants. Using a vacuum with a HEPA Filter (High-Efficiency Particulate Arresting) may also a good idea. Check out my Carpet Vacuum Cleaner page.

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Why do most homeowners overpay for new Carpet and Flooring?

Why do most homeowners overpay for new Carpet and Flooring? 

It’s because they fail to do their homework! By doing a few hours of research, most homeowners can save a ton of money and end up selecting the right grade of carpet or flooring product that will meet or exceed their goals, lifestyle and overall expectations. 

I have written dozens of online pages on my websites which contain valuable content that you can use to help you make wise and informed carpet and flooring selections.

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