Homeowners purchasing carpet should understand that buying new carpet is more expensive than they might expect. Installation can also cost a lot when the cost of removal of old carpet and padding and custom installation is factored into the cost, according to carpet expert Alan Fletcher.
Shopping for carpet should never be rushed. Homeowners should take the time to compare prices, carpet fibers, and installation costs to be sure they're getting the most for their money, notes Fletcher. Improperly installed carpet can reduce the carpet's life by more than half, so proper installation by a reputable company is a must. Research the different types of padding and carpet fibers available to find the one that works best with kids, pets or other household concerns.