Accurate "In-Home" Carpet Measuring
By Alan Fletcher - Carpet Expert and Consumer Advocate
Who should you trust to accurately measure your home and determine how much material you need to buy?
If you trust a dishonest or inexperienced retail carpet salesperson to determine the proper measurements for your home, you could easily be overcharged for the amount of materials you need.
In fact, it is very common for consumers to overpay for the amount of material they need, and easily overcharged by hundreds of dollars!
Not only that, but the total price you pay for carpet, padding and installation is based on the measurement of your home. What does this mean? Read on...
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You Can Easily Be Over-Measured for Materials
Consider This: Most two-bedroom homes need about 100 yards of carpet or so.
If you were to select a carpet that cost $20 per square yard, installed with pad, for 100 yards your total price would be about two thousand dollars. A little more if you have a difficult job or have stairs or other extras fees and charges.
When the salesperson measures your home, all they have to do is say you need 110 yards of carpet, your total price would be $2200.00, a difference of $200! It's that easy to overcharge you, and it is so common! The problem is, you have no way of knowing if you are being overcharged unless you get informed.
How to get informed? That means you have to get more than one estimate, preferable three or four, and compare. Then you might need to consider hiring an independent carpet installer to measure your home for a small fee.
Learn more about Carpet Measuring: How to measure your home for carpet yourself
An experienced carpet measurer can save you a lot of money by efficiently and strategically measuring your home. They can use waste from one area to fill in the needs in other areas, thus saving you money!
Here is your wake up call!
The BIGGEST secret to saving money on new carpet is to make sure you have as little material waste as possible. Only a seasoned and well trained carpet salesperson can help you accomplish this!
In contrast, an inexperienced salesperson can mistakenly and cost you hundreds more than you should pay!
But even worse, a sly or unscrupulous carpet salesperson can easily over-measure you and intentionally over-charge you hundreds more than is necessary for materials and labor, and you may never become aware of it.
Any homeowner could easily be over-measured by 10, 20, 30 yards or more and never be aware of it.
This could easily cost you hundreds or even thousands more than necessary unless you take the time to make sure you are not being over-charged for materials and labor!
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