Best Time to Buy New Carpet?
By Alan Fletcher - Carpet Expert and Consumer Advocate
Take advantage of my 30+ years of experience in the carpet business.
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!
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.
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..
Can You Negotiate a Better Carpet Price?
Every retailer is different and you can't assume anything about who is willing to haggle a little on the final price. Knowing the best times to buy new carpet can be helpful, but knowing how to negotiate a great deal is important too.
You can’t just walk into any carpet retailer and demand 25% off just because you think it is their slow season. Some carpet retailers will negotiate with you and some won’t. You need to know which carpet retailers might be willing to negotiate. Don't forget to visit those in my directory who are willing to accept my discount Coupon for up to $100 off your new carpet. See who I recommend near you
The Lowest Price isn't always the Best Price...
You also need to know what carpet to select to meet your needs and goals, and what pad is best for your situation. It doesn’t matter how great a deal you get if you buy the wrong grade of carpet and pad.
Proper installation is another issue all together. You must be sure to have your carpet installed correctly. Not every carpet installer is well trained, so you’ll have to take steps to be sure your installer is experienced and qualified to install the carpet you have selected, even if they are sent out by the carpet retailer.
The Carpet Professor Says...
I've heard many stories from homeowners who have had "Empire" come out and do an estimate. Their salespeople are independent contractors and they can charge you as much as they think they can get away with. If you don't agree to buy from them immediately, they are often quick to offer you a big discount. This is a big red flag and you should never fall for any sales tactic like that. Reputable carpet dealers don't jack up the price so they can offer you a big discount later on to try to sway you into buying from them.
Be Careful Who You Buy Carpet From
If you are considering buying carpet from a flooring retailer that is not listed in my directory be very cautious. They might not be an honest and reputable dealer. They may still agree to honor my coupon, but in this situation you need to get three or four estimates from other local dealers to make sure you are getting a fair and square deal. How else will you be able to tell if you are getting a reasonable price and be confident that your home has been accurately measured? And if you don't want to go through the trouble of getting a bunch of estimates from local retailers, I have made it simple for you; Visit my Preferred Carpet Dealer Directory and buy from one of my recommended dealers. You can also use my free coupon to get up to $100 off your new carpet purchase.
Negotiating Your Best Carpet Deal
I don't think negotiating should start as you begin to shop for carpet, I think it should start after you have found the perfect carpet you really want, at a price you are willing to pay, and have the final total amount written down on the sales contract sitting right in front of you.
After you’ve done everything else right, just before you agree to the sale and sign your name on the dotted line is when you might hesitate and say something like... “I think I might need to sleep on this overnight to make sure I’m making the right decision”, or "Maybe I should get one more estimate just to be sure" That is the beginning of negotiating a good deal on new carpet.
Hopefully they will come down a little on the price and you can go ahead with the sale knowing you have beat them down a few more dollars on the price. But not every dealer is willing negotiate, so that's why it is important that you have already found the perfect carpet at a price you are willing to pay.
If they won't negotiate with you, you can still feel good knowing you have chosen wisely and will feel confident going ahead with the sale.
Check out my Carpet Buying Guide
to learn more about how to buy New Carpet Wisely!
It's hard to find an honest and reputable carpet dealer these days! That's why I have compiled a special list of hand-picked carpet retailers who I believe are reputable, are locally owned, give free estimates, offer fair prices, have knowledgeable staff, provide honest measuring and hire qualified installers.
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