to Ask a Carpet Installer
By Alan Fletcher - Trusted Carpet Expert, Consumer Advocate since 1998.
As you begin calling around to find a
qualified carpet installer, here are ten important questions you need to
ask any flooring installer before you hire them.
to ask these questions:
1. Are you licensed bonded and insured?
Many States now require contractor certification.
Take the time to call the State Contractor Office and verify that the
license is current and see if there have been any claims against it.
If your State does not
require a license, always hire an installer that has business liability
insurance. This will help protect you in the event of an accident or
injury while they are working on your property.
2. What is your state issued
contractor 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
3. How long have you been installing carpet?
Always ask for references and require at least 5 years experience. If
your job is more complex I suggest you find a carpet installer with at
least 10 years experience.
4. 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
It can be wise to pay a little more for a job well done. Be sure
to ask if there are any extra fees and charges that you might incur.
There is usually an additional charge for removing the old carpet and
pad, installing carpet on stairs, special transitions, and custom
5. How long do you guarantee your work?
Most carpet layers will offer a one-year warranty. Better
installers will offer two years and some will even offer a lifetime
If your carpet comes loose or develops wrinkles it is nice to
know you can have it fixed or repaired at no charge to you. However you
need to be sure to get....
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