How to Buy Carpet for Your Family Home

Tips for Buying Carpet for Your Family Home

These tips can help you get the most from your purchase and avoid hidden costs:

  • Some carpets carry a durability rating from one to five. The scale measures how much the carpet's surface appearance changes over time. For heavy traffic areas, look for a rating of 4 or 5.
  • Low pile, sculptured and frieze styles are best at hiding the wear of heavy traffic areas.
  • Thick, plush piles feel luxurious, but they're best reserved for low-traffic areas like bedrooms.
  • Carpet padding and installation costs usually are not included in the carpet price.
  • Sometimes retailers run promotions offering a flat-fee installation when you buy a certain amount of carpet.
  • Ask about hidden fees, like delivery charges, charges for removing and hauling away old carpet and charges for moving your furniture. Find out if you can avoid those fees by doing some work yourself.
  • Measure the clearance between your existing flooring and doors. You may need to trim the bottom of some doors after the new carpet installation.

It's is a big investment, but the right carpet will bring years of comfort and beauty to your home. Find more useful information below.

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