Changing the carpet in your home can be a huge undertaking. Not only do you have to clear out rooms and remove old carpet or flooring, you also have to decide on new carpeting that you will be happy with. It is not always an easy process, but if you follow these five tips for choosing new carpeting it can be a bit less of a chore.
Figure Out Your Budget
Carpet can be expensive. Especially if you want to redo your entire home with high quality material that will last a long time. So it’s important before you start shopping that you figure out how much money you have to spend. You don’t want to be surprised by a large cost that you didn’t expect and didn’t plan for. Consider money you have saved for home improvements, the areas in your home that most need new carpeting, and what kind of materials you must have. Once you have your budget figured out you will have an easier time when you go shopping.
Know the Dimensions of the Space to Carpet
It is much easier to estimate a cost on your new carpet if you know how much carpet you are going to need. Whether you go to look at carpet samples yourself, or hire a company to come in and replace the carpet for you, you will need to know the sizes of the rooms, hallways, and other areas you will be installing the carpet in. It usually isn’t difficult to take measurements by yourself. Simply measure the length of a room as well as the width of the room. Multiply these two numbers together to get the square footage of carpet you will need.
Do Some Research Online
The internet is a great place to do research. Not only can you look up brands and types of carpeting, you can also look up reviews on these from other people. Compare colors, materials, and features (such as if they are stain proof). Make a list of the kinds of carpeting you prefer and also those to avoid. Head onto some home renovation message boards to ask opinions from other people who have recently changed their carpet. You can get a lot of good information from people who have been in a similar situation to you. Learn from their experiences, both the good and the bad.
Find out if there is a good professional carpet cleaning service in your area. You will want to protect your investment. By keeping your carpets clean, you can expect to have them last fo years to come.
Don’t buy new carpeting at the first store you enter. Take the time to look in multiple places. This will help you find not only the best materials, but also the best prices. Try big home improvement stores as well as stores that specifically sell flooring and carpeting. Talk to sales people at all places and get their recommendations. You don’t necessarily have to go with what they present to you, but you can ask why they are recommending certain products.
Ask for a Second (or Third) Opinion
Before you take the plunge and spend a bunch of money on new carpeting, ask someone else’s opinion on your choice. Whether it is a family member who lives in the house with you, or a friend who knows your taste preferences, having the opinion of someone else can help make your decision easier. You may want to try something that costs way over budget, or will be hard to keep clean but looks lovely. Having someone to talk those decisions through with first may keep you from picking something you will ultimately regret.