If you're reading this page, you're probably about to buy a new carpet. Congrats! Having a new carpet is awesome, and it makes a home look so much better.
However! Buying a carpet might be somewhat complicated. If you don't know what you're doing, you could end up buying a super expensive carpet that won't last that long.
Don't worry! That won't happen to you. That's why I wrote this ULTIMATE GUIDE. In this guide we'll be covering many topics. The most important of which are: the 5 Things You Must Know Before Buying a Carpet, Best Carpet Brands & Types of Shops, How to Find the Best Carpet Installers, Your Carpet's Lifespan and How to Take Care of Your Carpet.
All of them are very important topics! But since I don't want to make this guide extremely lengthly, I'm linking to the main pages of this website where you'll find all the information.
It's great to have on board.
First things first, you need to know what carpet you want. And in order to know what carpet you want, you need to know a little bit about carpets. If not, the carpet dealer will sell you whatever carpet it is they make more money with. Trust me, I've seen it in the past.
But carpets aren't really that complicated! You only have to worry about 5 things. Just 5 things and you're done! Trust me, if you know these 5 concepts before you set foot in the carpet store, your buying experience will be completely different.
These are the concepts:
To help you get to know these concepts, we have 5 posts that explain each one of them in depth. I would strongly recommend that you need them:
Now that you know enough about carpets, it's time to go and buy a carpet! But where should you go? There are many types of shops, which one is best?
We wrote a post on the 8 best (and worst) places to buy a carpet. They go from Home Depot and other big-box stores, to franchises, and locally-owned stores. Everything you want to know about is in that post! I would strongly encourage you to read that post before you go buy a carpet.
We also added a new post on the best carpet brands. I honestly think it's not as important as knowing where to buy the carpet, but since that is something our readers wanted to know, we added it to this section.
These are the 2 guides if you want to check them out:
This is the most important question you can ask yourself if you want to save money. Most people don't change their carpet very often, so it's unlikely that you'll "have a guy" that will install your carpet perfectly.
In order to find the best carpet installer, the best thing you can do is request multiple carpet installers for a quote. You'll find the best carpet installers and at a very good price!
How to request for multiple quotes?
You can either loose a lot of time googleing for carpet installers near you, or you could use an online service that will do it for you. You'll get the best possible price and you'll be able to see reviews from other clients. It's the absolute best way to find carpet installers anywhere!
The 2 platforms that I would recommend are Thumbtack and Homeadvisor. I like Thumbtack a little better, because it's easier to use and the pros seem like they care about every client more. On Homeadvisor, it's more about the numbers (the more jobs you do, the more you get paid). But you can use either of them! They're excellent services.
Now that you know so much, it's time to give you the ULTIMATE BUYING WEAPON! I created a FREE calculator that will allow you to see how long your carpet should last. The number of years depends on the amount of traffic your carpet will have, but also on the specifications that we talked about earlier like: padding, tuft, material, pile, etc. Click here to see the calculator!
In this post I explain everything you need to know about the lifespan calculator:
Last, but not least, you need to learn how to take care of you new carpet. If you know how to take care of it, it will last a lot longer! We have a whole section on the ULTIMATE CARPET CLEANING GUIDE. But in case you just want to take a sneak peak, these are some of the posts:
And that's it! I really hope you found this guide helpful. If you have a question or there's anything that you'd like to see, you can send us a message through the Ask an Expert section.
Carpet Cleaning and Installation
I'm Tony and I consider myself a carpet cleaning expert! I've tried the 5 most common professional cleaning methods myself, and I've reviewed thousands of carpet cleaning & installation companies. I'm currently exploring the DIY Cleaning and Installation world. It's not that hard and it's a lot of fun!