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Ask the Readers: Saving money on carpet replacement?

We are planning on replacing the carpet in our house this coming year. What are your suggestions to save on this big purchase while still getting quality carpet? Thanks! -Dana

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  1. stacie says

    We replace the entire upstairs and steps of our house last year. We did it for a fraction of the cost most people spend by getting online and ordering our carpet directly from the manufacturer. We then hired a handyman we knew to install it for us. We just went to a few stores (mostly places like Home Depot and Lowe’s and a few Carpet stores to see what we liked) and then came home and did research. It saved us so much money, worth the time we put into finding the manufacturer (who had no trouble selling to us direct) and the right person to install.

  2. Angela says

    a few things i learned-
    #1, always order a little bit more than you need. if you have a dog, or cat, or move furniture it makes reweaving much easier if it gets unraveled. and yes, there are people who come to your house to reweave.
    #2 from a former cleaning lady- get Berber. always looks bigger, cleaner, won’t look another funny color in the track and you’ll never have to make vacuum tracks again.
    #3 go to at least two local family owned stores. a friend of mine saved $1000 on the same exact carpet by getting it from a private store as opposed to Lowe’s. Plus, odds are the installers have been around longer.
    #4 get the good padding. you’re worth it.

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