Is there a best time of year to buy new carpet? If you know what to do, the answer is YES!
You can save as much as 25% or more by knowing when to buy, where to buy and how to negotiate your best deal. You just need to read some free unbiased carpet buying information!
Locally-owned Carpet stores have busy seasons and slow seasons. If you try to negotiate a better deal during their busy season, you won’t stand much of a chance to beat them down on the price.
However, if you negotiate wisely during their slow season, then you stand a very good chance of negotiating a very sweet carpet deal for yourself.
The Worst Times to Buy New Carpet
Now, when are the slow seasons you ask? Let me start by telling you when the busy seasons are so you can get a better understanding of the big picture.
The real question is, when do people buy carpet most? You don’t want to buy carpet when everyone else is buying. It’s almost impossible to negotiate a great deal on carpet when there are other customers waiting in line behind you holding their checkbooks.
Here are the big three ”busy” seasons to steer clear of:
Between February 20th and April 30th when people are expecting a tax refund
From the 4th of July through August 31st. During the hot summer months when people are remodeling an existing home
or moving into a new home before the new school year starts.
Mid-October thru December 10th. That’s when many homeowners are putting in new carpet because relatives and guests are coming for thanksgiving dinner and other upcoming holidays.
The Best Times to Buy New Carpet
Alright, now you know when NOT to buy carpet if you want to negotiate your best deal. Now lets look at the three windows of “money-saving” opportunity so you know exactly when IS the best time to buy new carpet.
Once December 15th rolls around, the Christmas trees are going up and holiday shopping is at an all time high. This means that buying after December 10th is a great time to buy new carpet. This window of opportunity lasts through January 31st.
By Feb 15th it’s all done, as the tax refunds are starting to come in. People who file their tax returns early know how much their refund will be and that’s when carpet shopping goes into full swing. You’ll be able to get the best deals at the beginning of January when this slow season is in full swing.
The next slow season is from May 1st to June 30th. The tax refund is spent, Memorial Day weekend is busy, the kids are getting out of school, vacation planning is underway and there is plenty of springtime gardening to do.
Buying new carpet is not at the top of the priority list for most people during this time. This makes it a great time for you to negotiate a great carpet deal.
I suggest shopping for new carpet from May 15th through June 10th for the best negotiating power.
The next slow season comes right after the kids go back to school and lasts the whole month of September. Everyone is getting settled into a new school year regimen, enjoying the last few weeks of hot summer weather, and getting ready for the autumn leaves to fall.
No one wants to think about getting ready for the holidays just yet. September is a great time to negotiate a great deal on new carpet for your home.
This window of opportunity is not very long, I suggest shopping early in September because once people start thinking about the holidays it is all done until December 15th.
Improper carpet care and maintenance is a common reason why your carpet will wear out prematurely. Abrasion from ground-in dirt and grit can quickly cause your carpet to lose its like-new shine and quickly make your carpet appear worn-out, look dull and dingy.
Once damage from abrasion is done, there is rarely anything that can be done to reverse the damage. This also voids your new-carpet warranty due to improperly caring for and maintaining your new carpet according to the requirements, as stated in your new carpet warranty.
Most Carpets Don’t Wear Out, They ‘Ugly-Out!’
The common phrase ‘Ugly-Out’ is a common expression used for any carpet that loses its shine, or when the surface pile mats down prematurely.
This event is most common in medium to heavy traffic areas such as hallways, stairs, in front of couches and main traffic to and from the front door!
How can I reduce damage from abrasion?
Abrasion caused by ground-in dirt and grime is the main reason why carpet will show signs of wear and tear before its time.
Dirt and grime is mainly tracked-in from the outside via shoes, pets and many other sources. This is the major cause of carpet abrasion.
“Frequent vacuuming is an effective way to reduce the damage caused by abrasion and can help your new carpet last years longer! Sadly, most homeowners do not vacuum enough, and most folks do not have their carpet cleaned on a regular basis.” – Alan aka The Carpet Professor
Once your new carpet starts to look dull and dingy, you have already ruined your carpet to some degree.
Unfortunately, there is nothing you can do reverse the damage already done and make your carpet regain its original shiny like-new appearance.
Ground-in dirt and grime is the main reason why your surface carpet fibers will lose its shine.
The Carpet manufacturer will deny your warranty claim if you have not properly maintained you carpet according to their warranty requirements.
How to Prevent Abrasive Carpet Damage?
It’s the sand-like dirt, grit and grime that is tracked into your home and deposited into the carpet pile over time that causes of the loss of carpet fiber shine.
There are some easy ways to help prevent the damage from happening, or at least slow down the amount of damage you experience over time.
First, a walk off mat is a great place to start. Simply wiping off your shoes before entering the home will help considerably. Some entry mats are better than others.
Next, some homeowners ask visitors remove their shoes and even provide “house” slippers to wear when entering their home. This will surely help reduce the amount of grit that causes damage to your carpet to some degree.
Vacuum! Vacuum! and Vacuum some more!
Frequent vacuuming is a smart way to help reduce the amount of dirt and grit that causes abrasion to your carpet.
Frequent vacuuming and regular professional cleanings is an important key to help keep your carpet looking like new. However, selecting the right grade of carpet is equally important.
Call a professional carpet cleaning company and have them do a thorough carpet cleaning on a regular basis according to your new carpet warranty requirements. This will help stop the abrasion to your carpet pile from getting worse.
Need to buy new carpet? I have created my own special Carpet Foot-Traffic Test to help homeowners determine what grade of carpet to consider buying, based on several key variables.
Should I have my Carpets Cleaned or Buy New?
Some Carpets are designed to last for only 3 years and some are designed to last for over for 30 years, but sooner or later your Carpet will have outlived its usefulness and should be replaced.
Below is Alan’s Quick Carpet Replacement Guide to help you determine if your old Carpet is still worthy of another professional cleaning or if it’s finally Time to Choose a New Carpet!
Learn more: Alan’s Carpet Replacement Quiz
Visit my free Carpet Care Guide to learn smart ways about how to make your carpet last years longer. My best advice? Read your new carpet warranty carefully.
You have certain warranty obligations to properly maintain your new carpet. If you fail to follow the manufacturer’s care and maintenance requirements, your warranty will be null and void.
How Often Should I Vacuum my Carpet?
Abrasion is the main cause of carpet wear and tear. How many people live in your home? That’s how many times you should vacuum each week, especially in high traffic areas, stairs, and in heavy traffic lanes!
Do you have 3 people living in your home? Then you should vacuum your carpet about 3 times per week! 5 people = Vacuum 5 times per week
Use a good quality, well-maintained vacuum with enough suction power.
You will first see the effects of abrasion on stairs and down hallways or any heavy foot-traffic lanes.
Carpet fibers can only tolerate a certain amount of abrasion before they begin to show signs of permanent damage.
Abrasion from dust, dirt and grit and grime is what causes carpet to look dull and dingy. Once the fiber loses it’s shine, the damage is done.
According to virtually every new carpet manufacturer’s warranty requirements, homeowners are required to have their carpet professionally cleaned (18 months on average) every 12 to 24 months to maintain their new carpet warranty.
Read your new carpet warranty very carefully to see what carpet care and maintenance is required by the carpet manufacturer. Otherwise, your warranty could be null and void!
The Size of Your Home Matters…
The more people living you have living in your home means more vacuuming may be necessary.
If you have a smaller home, vacuuming is more critical than if you have a larger home.
For example: Five people living in a 5000 square foot home usually requires less vacuuming then does five people living in a 1000 square foot home.
Take my free Carpet Foot-Traffic Test to help determine what grade of carpet you need to buy. It’s a simple non-scientific test based on several key factors that I think are very important to consider.
What is a Good Carpet Choice for Kids Dogs Cats and Pets?
Q. I am looking for a good quality carpet that can withstand children, cats, dogs and heavy traffic. I have a formal living room that you land in upon entering my house. To get to any other part of the house at that point, one needs to walk through the living room. My biggest problem is the traffic marks from the front door, across the living room and down the hallway to the bedrooms. This gets dirty fast.
A Nylon Frieze is one of the most durable and best-wearing carpet styles. There is only one type of carpet fiber that can withstand kids, pets, and heavy traffic, it’s a Nylon Frieze. Depending on how long you want your carpet to last, you need to choose accordingly. I suggest you take my free Carpet Foot Traffic Test and follow the prompts until you determine what face-weight and pile density might best meet your needs and goals.
For example: A 100% nylon frieze carpet style with a tuft twist of at least 6, a face weight of 38 to 45-oz, and a pile density of at 1800-2200 is designed to withstand 10 to 15 years of medium to heavy traffic. Frieze styles wear so well because they have a higher tuft twist and Nylon is the most durable fiber.
Smartstrand by Mohawk is another good option if you want a carpet that is easy to clean and is excellent at resisting stains. Between Nylon and Smartstrand I think that the most important thing to consider is your budget and how long you want your new carpet to last. Overall, Nylon will last longer, but Smartstrand will be a bit easier to clean. Smartstrand is also known as Triexta or PTT or Sorona and was invented by DuPont. Personally I am a fan of Nylon because it has stood the teat of time for over 70 years while Smartstrand has been around for about 10 years.
Q. I have four kids and three dogs. I need a carpet that is able to take a beating. My question: I am confused about carpet specifications. What is BCF? I see these initials on the back of some carpet samples but not others? What does this mean?
BCF stands for Bulked Continuous Filament. You want to buy a carpet made from a continuous filament fiber. The work “Bulked” refers to a process where the manufacturer makes the strand of fiber beefed up, or bulked to create a fatter and more beefy feel. Think of it like using a volumizer on your hair, it makes it feel thicker and fuller. The “CF” or Continuous Filament, means the strand is formed or “extruded” in one long strand. When they make carpet from a CF fiber is virtually eliminates the shedding and fuzzing that you experience with a carpet made from a Staple Fiber.
A Staple Fiber is short lengths of fiber, usually 3 to 10 inches long, that are spun together to make a long strand. Strands are then twisted to form a tuft. When carpet is made using staple fibers, the carpet will tend to shed and fuzz for up to a year after installation. While this is normal, it is not a result that most homeowners enjoy living with. When you vacuum up bag after bag of loose fibers, it makes you think your new carpet will shed so much it will eventually become totally bald! So unless you like vacuuming three times a day, I suggest you be sure to buy a carpet made from a Continuous Filament Fiber.