4 things smart people do when buying a new carpet


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Buying a carpet can be one of the most expensive internal improvements you make to your home. As with anything, however, there are ways that you can reduce your expense. Our guide looks at four golden rules you should follow when you’re shelling out on a new carpet.


Choose carefully

There is a massive range of carpet in terms of quality, colour and price.So, before you start, head online and read some advice on the different types of carpet that are available. Websites such as the Carpet Federation will answer many of your questions and they also provide details of Office of Fair Trading approved retailers.


Take samples home

Once you know what sort of carpet you want, visit some carpet stores and ask for samples to take home. What looks good in a shop won’t necessarily be ideal for your home and so its useful to test the carpet out for yourself.

If a store offers a free measuring service then take it but make it very clear that you are not committing to buying your carpet from that seller.


Take all the costs into account

Don’t forget that the price of the carpet is just part of the overall cost. On top of the carpet you will potentially face charges for:


  •  Underlay

  •  Gripper rods

  •  Fitting

These can add a significant amount to the total cost. Some sellers will let you source your own underlay and gripper rods so you can ensure you get the best price. And, don’t forget that your existing underlay and gripper rods may be acceptable.


Walk away from a deal they’re not happy with

The Guardian says that many carpet salespeople are amongst the most persuasive and persistent in the land, and will use all their sales skills (and discount options) to hook you in. Be clear from the outset about how much you are happy to spend and be prepared to walk away if you do not get the deal you want.

Always walk away from a deal and negotiate with the seller. There is often room for manoeuvre.


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