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Carpet Installation Cost – What is a “Basic” Carpet Install?

What is a “Basic” Carpet Install?

Some home improvement stores now offer super low-cost specials on carpet installation. These super-duper specials sound too good to be true? Free or low-cost carpet installation sounds like a great deal when you first hear about it, but in the end, is it really as good as it sounds? Maybe you should ask, who is doing the installation? Are they qualified? What if you are not satisfied with the installation? How do you get a quick remedy? Who do you call? You should be wary!

While they continue to change the advertised prices for their “basic” carpet installation on a frequent basis, I have found that the big-box basic carpet installation services do not cover very much ground. The key here is the word “basic” What exactly is a basic carpet installation? What is their definition of a “basic carpet installation? 

Apparently, if your carpet installation job is not considered “Basic” and is determined to be more difficult or more involved, then you may find that the final bill for your carpet install is much higher than you had expected. Don’t make the mistake of assuming that their advertised low low price for basic carpet installation is valid for you in your situation. 

When the installers show up to install your carpet, you may be faced with a sizable and unexpected up charge for extra fees and services that are considered beyond their limited definition of a “Basic Install”.


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It’s hard to find an honest and reputable carpet store these days! That’s why I created my own special hand-picked list of locally-owned carpet and flooring stores. They give free estimates, offer fair prices, have knowledgeable staff, provide honest measuring and use qualified installers. Are there any recommended Carpet Stores Near Me?

I’m Alan Fletcher, a trusted carpet expert and nationally recognized consumer advocate. I retired from the Carpet Business in 2006 after 30-years in the business and I no longer sell or install any carpet or flooring products. My goal is to educate homeowners how to choose wisely, how to get a fair and square deal on new carpet and how to avoid getting ripped off. A free service!

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