About: Alan Fletcher aka The
has a unique and rare insight about the carpet and flooring business.
If you listen to what he has to say, you stand to save a lot of time and money
on your next carpet or flooring purchase!
At the age of 11,
Alan was working a few hours each Saturday at his father's carpet and flooring
showroom to make a few bucks. Little did he know at the time that this was
the beginning of his long career in the carpet and flooring business.
Alanís Father was a carpet mill rep
for Berven Carpets of California for
over 35 years. Alan's uncle George owned and operated a carpet store in Eugene Oregon for over 40 years. Alan's
older brother and aunt also had a minor career in the carpet and flooring business. At the nightly dinner table and at
most every family gathering, the main topic of conversation was about the carpet
and flooring business.
was hired as a flooring apprentice in
1977 at age 18, and trained up by three master craftsmen to install vinyl, carpet,
ceramic tile and hardwood floors. The store owners, Dave and Ethan knew Alan's father and
hired Alan as a favor. (Thank You Dad!)
about five years of training, sadly the company he was working for went out of business
due to the downturn in the 1982 economy and Alan was
forced to go out on his own.
Times were hard and business was slow for
quite some time. But over the next two decades
Alan continued to increase his experience and product knowledge by selling and installing floorcovering of all types in
every type of application including custom
and commercial buildings, and even in cars and motor homes! It was a tough road
the meantime, Alan raised two sons, ages 38 and 41 today, both of which he trained
up in the carpet and flooring business.
Both of his sons have been able to earn a good living and are well respected
carpet and flooring professionals. So, Alan's carpet and flooring legacy lives on!
over 43 years later, Alan is now retired, but has has personally sold and installed carpet and flooring
products of virtually every type in virtually every possible application. Alan
continues to learn and provide free information and advice to homeowners and
has made it his mission in life to study the inherent characteristics and construction
attributes of all grades
and types of carpet and flooring materials to better understand and determine
and predict product quality,
durability, proper application, maintenance and overall product values.
In 1998, Alan wrote his first
booklet designed to help educate homeowners about how to choose new carpet wisely. In 2000,
he developed his website known as AbcCarpets.com, a
free consumer-friendly website providing unbiased carpet buying articles, money-saving information and sound
carpet buying advice for savvy homeowners.
released The Complete Carpet Buying Guide
eBook for consumers and it has become
a popular bestseller year after year. It is available as a PDF
file download for the
nominal fee of $14.95 on his website and also available as an instant download
as a kindle ebook at Amazon.com
for a special limited-time price of just $9.99
is available to answer common carpet questions via email and
continues to help homeowners
learn how to choose new carpet
wisely, avoid common scams and pitfalls and save time & money.
Due to the
large number of emails received, not every question submitted can be answered.
Carpet or Flooring question may already be answered! There are
over 200 common carpet
questions and answers posted here for you to read. Enjoy!
Alan's latest publication
Flooring Management - Floorcovering Solutions for Rental Properties ($24.95)
is designed especially for savvy landlords, real estate
investors and rental property managers who want to learn how to reduce the high
cost of carpet
& vinyl replacement and repairs.
are 101 ways for landlords to save time & money in this instantly
downloadable 200+ page ebook. The
link to purchase my eBook is shown on the left of this article.
retired in 2006 and no longer sells or installs any carpet or flooring
products, however he still keeps up with the latest carpet and flooring trends
and continues to help educate and inform homeowners free of charge through his
websites and blogs.
has recently developed several new and updated carpet and flooring websites
and blogs now available to homeowners free of charge.
list of free comprehensive information carpet & flooring websites, and his
frequently updated informative carpet and flooring blogs are shown below:
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Landlord Flooring Guide eBook
REQUIRED READING for....
and Rental Property Owners
Rehab and Foreclosure Speculators
Estate Agents, Brokers and Investors
Property Leasing Agents