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10 Questions to Ask a Carpet Installer

November 18th, 2007 · 2 Comments


Before you begin calling around to find an installer, there are a few questions you need to know to ask a potential installer in order to be sure you find a good one.

1. Are you licensed bonded and insured? Many states now require contractor certification. Even if your State does not require a license, always hire an installer that is bonded and insured.

2. What is your state issued registration number?

You can call the State and verify the status of his license and see if there have been any complaints filed against the installer.

3. How long have you been installing carpet? Always ask for references and require at least 5 years experience.

4. What type of experience do you have? (Apartment work, new construction, custom homes or remodeling?) You want to hire someone who is experienced with your type of work.

5. Do you use a power stretcher?

Good installers always use a power stretcher to install carpet properly.

6. How much do you charge per yard?

The going rate for apartment grade carpet varies in geographical areas. Don’t assume that the cheapest price is the best price. It can be wise to pay a little more for a job well done.

7. How long do you guarantee your work?

Most will offer a one-year warranty. Better installers will offer two years and some will even offer a lifetime warranty. If your carpet comes loose or develops wrinkles it is nice to know you can have it fixed at no charge.

8. How far in advance must I schedule you?

You need your carpets installed in short order. Your hope is to find someone who you can depend on to show up on time and finish on schedule.

9. Can you supply me with some references?

Ask for several from jobs similar to yours. Check references.

10. Will you measure how much carpet I need?

If you don’t know how much carpet you require, an experienced carpet installer is qualified to measure for you. Some installers charge for measuring but will refund the charge if you hire them to install your carpet. Proper measuring and seam placement is essential in saving money.

©2002-2005 Alan J. Fletcher

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