Buying Carpet Off the Internet Can Be a Nightmare-In-Waiting

Shoppers buy just about everything from cars to clothes on the internet. You may ask, how does one buy shoes or clothes without first trying them on? Some things don’t seem logical to buy without seeing, touching or trying it on first.

Purchasing Carpet from a Trusted Retailer

Often, people will visit a brick and mortar store, find what looks good and fits right, then try to find the same item online at a discount. Some do the same with carpet. They visit a store to find what they like, then shop the internet for a better deal. The problem is, the installation will probably be your big headache if you buy from an internet retailer.

Three reasons why this is true:

  1. The amount of carpet needed must be determined properly. Measuring carpet yourself isn’t as easy as you might think. You can’t just measure length and width and you’re done. Seaming is required the majority of the time. Where the seams fall and their visibility can present problems.
  2. The carpet must be shipped to someone who not only can receive it, but also can inspect it for manufacturing defects. If there is a problem, there’s no retailer to stand behind what is sold. You are, in essence, the contractor who must handle the many aspects of the job, from measuring to determining the correct cushion to inspection and installation. How will you get the carpet off the truck? Rolls of carpet can weigh over 500 pounds. Do you own a forklift?
  3. Do you have access to a mill rep if there is a problem with the carpet? Retailers do. Many times the measuring and installing is done by their own employees. They know which direction to lay the carpet, how to seam it and can stand behind their work. What happens when the installer takes your money and runs when there’s a problem?

If you do purchase carpet from the internet, you are responsible for anything and everything. For peace of mind (and to avoid a costly headache later), why not purchase from the flooring experts at your local CarpetsPlus COLORTILE store? You’ll be greeted by friendly faces who stand behind their work. You’ll also find them eager to do everything possible to make sure you are happy with your flooring investment.