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I need to buy wall-to-wall carpeting, 230 sq. yards. When does carpeting usually go on sale? Also, any pointers on doing this economically. I live in North Texas. Can anyone suggest a carpet shop? Thanks.
In a past issue of "The Dollar Stretcher," there was a "My Best Bargain" column about getting a real steal on Pergo flooring. I think that the person used the Internet to get the lowest price on Pergo, brought it to Home Depot (they beat the lowest price you can find by 10%), and then also opened a Home Depot charge for another 10% off that price. This would work with carpeting, too, as long as you know what carpet you are looking for.
When I had wall-to-wall installed in my home, I wanted a custom install job - a dark color in most places, with an off-white rectangle in the middle of the living room. I contacted carpet mills for samples and choose the color from these. Then I called a local carpet installer who came out to my house, measured, and told me how much carpet to buy. He was also a great source of information re: buying high-quality padding and less expensive carpeting; which carpet mills have the best product; how to save on shipping, etc.
I ordered the carpet, called the installer when it arrived, and ten years later my carpet still looks great! I also have the satisfaction of knowing that I patronized an independent contractor, rather than a large chain, and of knowing that I didn't pay a high mark-up on the carpet. I estimate that I saved $400 - $500 (in a very small house). Look in the back of decorator magazines for carpet mill ads - these places were very easy to deal with - and ask friends, small business owners, or your local Better Business Bureau for a recommendation re: an installer.
We just replaced an entire house of carpeting in a home that we were putting up for sale. I checked with numerous carpeting stores and each one wanted to measure the home themselves. I had 3 different carpet stores measure the home and checked out carpet samples at each store. I then checked to see who had the best financing package. The store I decided on had a 1 year payback with no interest charges if you purchased a particular brand of carpet.. I took the total amount and divided it by 12 and I am sending that amount in each month. At the end of a year, I will have the carpet paid for with no interest charges, and in the meantime, the home will sell better with new carpeting. It has been on the market for 1 month and we already have a signed contract.
I saved more money because my son (15) and I removed the old green carpeting and pad. I sold the individual room sized pieces of old carpeting by placing an ad in the local newspaper. The carpet store was going to charge me to remove the old carpet and pad.
The cheapest way to purchase carpeting is to order direct from the mill. Carpets of Dalton (located in Atlanta) sells their carpet to Prizant's Carpets - they in turn triple the amount per sq. yd. First thing to do is contact a mill - there are several in Atlanta and ask them to send you samples. Next, look in the yellow pages or ask someone for a reputable carpet installer. The installer will come to your home and take all the measurements and tell you how much to order to where to have it shipped (probably to his dock where he will cut the carpet). The other plus to ordering direct, you don't have to pay tax when they ship out of state. I live in Pittsburgh and this is how my husband and I went about having our whole house carpeted (living room, dining room, hall, three bedrooms) for a fraction of the cost. Our installer was wonderful and didn't leave a trace of carpet pieces.
If you're planning to stay only a few years (three to five) in the home, but you have a color-coordinated furniture suite, buy cheap carpet which goes with the furniture. (Even so, buy good quality pad which can be reused. NEVER buy cheap pad!)
We just purchased carpet for our entire house and got a great price. Here is what I found.
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