6 Important Questions To Ask When Buying Carpet Online
Now a days, buying carpet online is the staple for finding the style and color you want. Have you ever bought flooring locally before? Depending on what part of the country that you are from, more than likely the number of quality options is, well a little limited. But this is point of buying carpet online, usually if they do not have it, they can find it and typically save you a good bit of money in the process. So with the advantage of shopping for carpet on the internet said, I thought it would be a good idea to comprise a list of questions to ask your online sales representative.
Questions to ask your sales representative when purchasing carpet online:
1. “Can I have a sample of this carpet and any other carpet similar this style and color?”
First and foremost, browse through the website and see what may work for you. Always, always, always get a sample of the carpet before you buy online. This could save you a ton of time in the buying process. Pictures and images online can not give you a grasp of how the carpet will feel to you, or look with your rooms color choices. Asking for similar options will ensure, slightly different textures, weights, and shades of color, giving you a better chance to find exactly what you want.
2. “What type of stain protection does my carpet come with?”
More specifically, ask about stain protection, soil protection and static guard. Usually a homeowner only professionally cleans there carpeting 1 time a year, but a carpet should usually be cleaned about twice a year, and the heavier traffic and less stain protection will contribute to 3 or even 4 times a year. So the moral is the better stain protection, the less you will potentially have to shell out on keeping your carpet up to par.
3. “What type of carpet will work best for my particular application?
The dealer will need to know you “tastes” and where you are wanting to install the carpet. This information is some of the most important that you can offer a good sales person. I mean you wouldn’t want a shag in a basement, or a frieze on a patio. They will be able to point you in the right direction for just about any application that you can imagine.
4. “Can you work with me on the price?”
It is always a good idea in any situation where you are buying from a dealer to ask about a discount or price reduction. Why, because it doesn’t hurt to ask. And in many cases online carpet dealers can help you a bit on the price, but don’t let it distract you from the carpet of your dreams if they don’t come off of it a bit. All and all you are already saving money by buying online.
5. “What type of warranty will my carpet come with?”
A very important question, however warranties aren’t everything. In fact did you know that if you are a homeowner and you decide to remodel your house to sell it, that as soon as you do sell it the warranty is usually null and void because you are no longer the owner of the carpet. Most warranties do not transfer ownership, so be sure to check into it. But if this is something that is a deal breaker to you, make sure you request a copy of the warranty before you purchase your carpet. You can also find this online on the manufacturers website. Be sure to read them carefully as there are many things that you can unknowingly do to your carpet to void the warranty.
6. “What will the shipping be on my carpet?”
It is very expensive to ship carpet to certain locations, and in some odd situations you may actually get out better buying your carpet locally. But a lot has changed with shipping options and prices are competitive. It is mostly important to ask up front so you can weigh the shipping with the price of the carpet so that you can stay in your budget. Nobody likes sticker shock!
I hope that this helps and will make buying carpet online an easier experience for you, good luck and we look forward to hearing from you. Until next time, Happy Flooring!