Individuals do not buy carpets on a regular basis. This is a good thing as carpets can be expensive items, so changing your carpets every couple of months or so would leave your bank balance threadbare!
However, when the time comes to buy a new carpet, you shouldn’t have to take out a second mortgage in order to afford one. Here are a few handy tips that should see you save your precious pennies when it comes to sourcing your new carpeting.
Know your carpets
Nobody has the time to study and become a carpeting expert, but that shouldn’t prevent you from doing a little homework. If you don’t know much at all about carpets, then you can visit the Carpet Foundation website here in order to gel up on all things carpet-related. The more you know about the basics of carpeting, the more informed a decision you will be able to make.
Once you’ve made your mind up, contact a carpeting company to finalise your decision. You need to mix value-for-money with a carpet that will serve your room well. Don’t be swayed by pushy sales personnel who may try and sell you something from their more expensive lines – stick to your guns. Also, if you are offered a free measuring-up service then take advantage of it.
It’s not just the carpet that you are buying
A carpet is carpet, but it’s not just a carpet. There are many other aspects to consider when it comes to cost, including underlay, gripper rods and the fitting itself. You need to take notice of all these factors when calculating the final cost.
Many companies will now offer free fitting in order to win your business. This is a great deal, but check the prices that such companies offer as sometimes the ‘free’ fitting is added on to the cost of the carpet itself.
Fifty shades of carpet (at least)
Carpets come in hundreds of shades, but despite the wildly differentiating names, some shades are virtually identical to others. Often though, the cost is not – one shade may be £19.99 per square metre, and another, virtually identical shade may be £24.99 per metre.