Posted by: Tamer Atya | November 16, 2008

How to Avoid Carpet-Buying Scams

Everywhere you look, there are people out there trying to take advantage of you; the carpeting industry is no different. Carpet scams are not new, but it seems in recent years that disreputable carpet retailers have stepped up their efforts to make an extra buck or two.

The best way to ensure that you will not be taken advantage of when buying carpet for your home is to arm yourself with knowledge. If you know some of the common carpet-buying scams, you will be ready to avoid being burned.

Here are some tips to prevent being scammed when buying carpet for your home:

  • Measure your rooms before buying – Even if you are going to have a company’s professionals install your carpet, get a tape measure and take your own measurements. The reason for this is that it isn’t uncommon for installers to exaggerate on the amount of carpet that you really need so they and their company can make a larger profit. If you measure the rooms that are going to be carpeted, you will have a better idea of whether the installers’ measurements are accurate.
  •  Take a sample home with you – After you visit a carpet retailer and make your selection, be sure to take a sample (carpet square) of your carpet home with you. A common ploy with carpet retailers is to downgrade your carpet to a cheaper version after they sell you a more expensive carpet. Be sure that the sample you have has the name and grade and as much information as possible about the carpet you have selected.
  •  Make sure you have the right carpet padding – Some carpeting requires the use of a certain thickness of padding. If your installers use the wrong padding, it can sometimes void the carpet warranty. The carpet can then wear more quickly than it was designed to do.
  • Hide your valuables before the installation – You don’t want to assume the worst about the installers who will come to your home to put in your carpeting. You also don’t need to leave anything to chance. To ensure that nothing will turn up missing, lock up or hide any valuables you have – jewelry, art, electronics – before having your carpet installed.
  • Check out the retailer before you buy your carpet – Before you buy your carpet, call your local branch of the Better Business Bureau to make sure that the retailer is reputable. The last thing you want to do once you get your carpet from them is to not be able to get any response if and when you do have a problem or question.

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