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Carpet Installer Questions

(Before You Hire)



1. Are You Licensed, Bonded and Insured?


Many states now require contractor certification. Even if your State does not require a State issued contractor license, always hire a flooring installer that is bonded and insured. Even if your state does not require this, you still need to make sure your installer has business liability insurance and is covered by his own workman's compensation insurance policy. (including his helpers too) Contractor Licensing Requirements For All 50 States



2. What is your State-Issued 

Registration or License Number?


You can call your State contractors licensing office and verify the status of his license and see if there have been any complaints or claims filed against the installer. Free Carpet Installation Checklist



3. How Long Have You Been Installing Carpet?


Always ask for three local references and require at least 5 years experience. (More for difficult or specialized installation jobs) Finding a Qualified Carpet Installer



4. Do you use a Power Stretcher?


CARPET POWER STRETCHERYes, is the correct answer!


Good installers always use a power stretcher to install carpet properly. 

Never let them tell you it is not necessary!


What is a power stretcher?  


This is a tool that uses leverage to stretch carpet. All carpets installed over padding must be stretched in tight to prevent wrinkles from forming over time. Using a power stretcher is required to keep your new carpet warranty in force.



5. How Much Do You Charge?


Don't automatically go with the lowest priced installer. There are lots of fly-by-night installers who won't be there for you if you have a problem or complaint with your carpet in the future. 


Most installers warranty the installation for one year. If your carpet starts getting wrinkles you need to know that they will return quickly to fix the problem. Carpet Installation Cost



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Looking to buy new carpeting but feeling overwhelmed by all the choices, options and potential scams? The Carpet Professor's website is a free unbiased carpet information resource and buying guide for consumers. Alan Fletcher is a retired 30-year industry expert and consumer advocate. He maintains a special hand-picked list of locally-owned carpet and flooring stores to recommend to his readers.


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