July 2009

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Picking Carpet and Installation Made Simple

It is not enough to find a suitable carpet; you must also consider proper carpet installation. Shopping for a carpet can be intimidating because there are various factors to take into account. It is no use getting the best carpet money can buy if you don’t get it installed properly.

But there is no need to panic. There are guidelines that you may follow in order to get everything running smoothly. Instead of sweating bullets over the search for that perfect carpet, you may relax and enjoy your shopping. However, you must keep in mind that you should never rush into buying a carpet. It is one of those acquisitions that should be given a lot of thought before actually buying. After all, you’ll have to live with it for years.

Color is an important factor to consider. Take a good look at the room for which you are acquiring the carpet. Try to figure out which color may best suit your decor. If you already have carpet in that room, ask yourself if you like the color and the way it harmonizes with the rest of the room. Sometimes you may have the right color except not in the right shade. If this is the case, try a lighter or darker shade of your actual carpet color.

As established earlier, color is indeed important. If you don’t get the right color, you might as well have stayed with your old carpet, or without carpet altogether. You must make sure the carpet will blend well particularly with the walls and curtains, unless you decide to change the curtains as well. Of course this is contingent upon the look you want to give your room.

Next to color comes texture. Of course, your choice of materials will be determined by the style of your decoration. Carpet textures vary tremendously. You could have a very soft carpet or a very harsh one and everything in between. Again, it depends on what kind of atmosphere you want your room to have.

In third place comes size. Perhaps you really need a wall to wall carpet installation if you floors are ugly and you want to conceal them. On the other hand maybe you have some lovely wooden planks underneath your carpet and you want to show them off. If this is the case, you will need a smaller sized carpet.

One more determining factor when picking a carpet is its eventual use. It is one thing if your room is to be rarely used and a completely different picture if it is to be constantly filled with children and pets. In this case, durability and easy maintenance is very important. It is convenient that you get yourself a more durable type of material for rooms with a greater amount of activity.

In conclusion, follow your initial checklist, point by point, so you will buy the most appropriate carpet for your room. Don’t play it by ear. You could end up regretting your choice. Now that you are sure of what you want, do make certain your carpet is installed by professionals.

Written by admin on July 30th, 2009 with no comments.
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Carpet Installation Prices Are An Important Consideration

Carpet installation prices can vary greatly. This is especially so, if you purchase your carpets from the people who will be installing them. It is important to know that you have an option here. Just because a company that sells carpet, also offers the installation, does not mean that you must follow this procedure. Many people prefer to hire their own contractor, or sub-contractor to perform the installation.

Before agreeing to allow a company or individual to install your new carpets, you must do some homework. You will definitely want to check with others who have employed this company in the past. Do not ever be afraid to ask for references, and contact them. Remember, this is your hard earned money, and you want it to be put to good use.

Check with the Better Business Bureau to see that a company has a good reputation. The BBB will likely be aware of any negative business deals that a company has been involved in. They may also have information about a company which has an excellent reputation.

Ask any potential carpet installer for proof of insurance. Otherwise, if there is a problem with any type of liability, you will be responsible to report this to your homeowner’s insurance.

Shop around. Just because you have asked someone to take a look at your job, to see if they are qualified, and interested, does not mean that you must automatically use them for this job. You should check with several different companies, in order to find the most acceptable arraignment, and the best carpet installation prices.

Make sure that any contractor that you are considering hiring, knows exactly what is expected of them. Also be sure to discuss the exact price of the finished job, before the carpet installation begins. Remember, in business, there may be an estimate on a job, however, there is no estimate on hourly wage, cost per foot, etc… Always have a written contract, which has been signed by both you, and the contractor. Be sure that this contract states that you must be notified in writing, and agree, before any changes may be made.

Generally, the carpet installation cost will be about $3.00 to $4.50 per square foot. This price will not include removal of an existing carpet, or installation of a carpet pad. Removal of old carpet will usually cost about fifty cents a square foot, as will the installation of a carpet pad. You must add these costs when figuring the final price of you carpet installation.

Whatever you do, do not measure the area to be carpeted, yourself. There is no room for error here. Improper measurements will leave you with unusable carpet, and unnecessary expense. A professional will understand that there is extra material that must be allowed for, in order to install your carpet properly. Always have the area measured by the installer. Carpet installation prices are an important consideration, in the final cost of finishing a room. Knowing what to expect, will make choosing an installer easier.

Written by admin on July 19th, 2009 with 1 comment.
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Carpet Installation Basics

When the days start to grow longer and the flowers start to bloom, we know that spring is on the way. It often makes us want to make a new start and to achieve some element of change in our lives. This can be achieved by something as simple as making a new alteration to the house, and deciding on a carpet installation is just one way to do this.

Getting a new carpet is a decision that should not be taken lightly and sometimes people find the whole idea to be a bit tiring. This is due to the fact that there are many elements that one has to decide on before going out to get new carpet. It is definitely good to take time before you make a decision that will have a long term impact on your home, but it won’t be tiring if you just keep a few items in mind. If these things are all thought through then the decision making process should be that much easier.

The color of the carpet is the first item on the list and the easiest way to decide on this is by asking yourself this question. Do you like the color of the carpet that is already in place? If you decide that it’s not  then obviously a new color is in order. Though if you think that you are rather fond of the existing color, then just by choosing another shade of  the same color should achieve your required level of change.

The new carpet’s color is the most essential element of your purchase decision. You need to make sure that it fits in with the rest of the room. Different color carpets are often used to either add light to a room or give it a darker tone. Especially if there is the feeling that perhaps there was too much space before. Make sure that it fits in with the walls and the curtains as these are the other two main aspects of the room.

Also decide on the texture of the carpet you want to buy. There are loads of choices with nice and soft being the one alternative, or firm and coarse being the other. The mix between color and texture will be important.

The size of your carpet is next on the list of things to think about when it comes to carpet installation. One could decide on a carpet that fills the entire room or you might opt for a smaller carpet to add some sense of perspective. Smaller carpets look especially good on wooden floors, mainly due to the stark difference in texture between the two.

The last item to think about is that the carpet must suit the purpose of the room. If there is a child or pet to take into consideration it would make sense not to get something that stains easily. It is no good spending a lot of money on something that isn’t suitable for the room’s purpose.

The carpet is often the central point of a room so one does not want to make the wrong decision. Apply the rules that have been mentioned here and when you are satisfied that you have all the right answers, insist on using reputable experts for your carpet installation process.

Written by admin on July 6th, 2009 with no comments.
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