Carpet buying tips

George C By George C, 8th May 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/pkrsv4f6/
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Determine the use of the room that the carpet will be installed in; carpet must provide the comfort you're looking for and yet withstand wear in high traffic areas.

Carpet buying tips

Determine the use of the room that the carpet will be installed in; carpet must provide the comfort you're looking for and yet withstand wear in high traffic areas.

Choose the style and design that meets your décor requirements and make sure that the carpet specification will do the job you expect it to do. To this end, it pays to visit more than one supplier or carpet showroom to compare.

Don't buy cheap – it'll undoubtedly be more expensive in the long term. Better to have peace of mind by investing in quality carpet. The carpet price often reflects the quality, but you'll find that there is good value for money in the lower priced ranges. The rule of the thumb is: buy the best you can afford.

Make sure you select a reputable and experienced installer – look at some of his previous work and ask his former customers if they were satisfied.

Guide to buying carpets

Before you place an order with the installer, ask him if the off-cuts that are left at the end of the installation are your property. This is not always the case, and this will avoid any argument or extra cost. They can be used for future repair work and when properly edged they make greater scatter rugs.

Make sure you buy a high-quality underlay and that it is fitted correctly.

Take samples of the carpet home and view them in different light situations to make sure you still like it before you buy. This way you're absolutely certain it blends with your furnishings.

Check any quote carefully so that you fully understand what you're getting. Make sure there are no hidden extras and don't pay in full in advance.

Speak to the carpet installer to fully understanding the laying procedure. Points to look for are to ensure that joints do not occur in high-wear areas and particular attention should be paid to joints on stairs – these should be avoided wherever possible.

A mistake often made is to buy carpets that are too light in color for the area of use. This is acceptable in bedrooms, but if the area experiences high traffic rather consider going for a shade darker.

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