Both Home Depot and Lowes advertise whole house carpet installation for
$199. Has anybody here taken advantage of this? Are there any catches to
this other than stairs not included in the price? Did they do an adequate
Carpet sellers do that sort of thing all the time. Personally, I'd not
trust the big box stores to send the lowest bidder to my house to do work.
I'd rather deal with a local seller that will stand behind his work.
They make enough money from the carpet, the padding, etc. to offer these
deals. Look at the entire package. Compare prices. Check your local carpet
or floor coverings dealer too and you may find them equal or better.
What he said. It's a crapshoot with Home Depot, although in this market,
there may be some good people now working out of HD. But there are also a
lot of derelicts, fugitives, and aliens that will come into YOUR house.
Every time I have shopped around, I could find the same thing at a regular
retailer, and my wife was an interior designer for twenty years with all
sorts of contacts. Prices are low now, and spending an extra $50 for a
bonded installer isn't too much in my mind.
Six or seven years back, we did a recarpet project with Home Depot (EXPO).
It was a disaster from the get-go-- double charging my credit card (I found
that out when my card was declined entertaining 5 clients in an expensive
restaurant!), mis-measuring, damaging the walls and doors....and the carpet
raising up in ridges about 18 months later and them refusing to come fix it
until I sicced my attorney on them.
And it still ain't right-- it's starting to ridge-up again in two places.
Sooooo-- if you want to go with the HD, ............
What he said. A Real Estate agent went to HD to order vinyl flooring,
specific for the glue down type of material (on the order). The
installers showed up with *tape down* vinyl material.
I would steer clear of anybody from Casa Depote.
Like others say, depends on the sub contractor. I am told (have not done
mine yet) that the local Lowes is the one to avoid and the local Home Depot
does a nice job. For a fee, they will shuffle all the furniture too but not
my 70 gallon fish tank (wouldnt expect them or trust anyone with that
We did our own job on the floor of the sunroom and it's nice enough but the
livingroom will be a professional install when we have the money saved up.
It was a few yeas back but at that time, for some reason, most likely the
hook. they charged 1 cent per piece of furniture moving (came to $1
total), 1 cent per sq yd to remove and 1 cent per sq yd to dispose of old
carpet. The install was 5.75/sq yd. It's that 6 / half dozen thing.
Just to follow up on what others have said about installers of
anything from carpets to kitchens -- some good, some awful: I had ONE
minor job done by HD on kitchen window, and they screwed up to badly
that I will not use HD again. OK, irrational, but that's their loss
for sending out unqualified people.
Same on anything, even hospitals, facrynoutloud! I was badly treated
several times by one of the big local hospitals umtpy years ago, so I
switched to the other. Now, #1 may have greatly improved in the
meantime, and may even be better than #2, but I have no motivation
to check them out. Caveat vendor <g>
Could be. And it could be the 139 hook includes even less than the 199
I caught one at some place at some time where there was free pull-up and
haul away...but the fine print said there would be a dump disposal fee!
Lowes seems to subcontract to the cheapest labor to do the
installwork. Probably never heard of the CRI 105 standard for carpet
installation. Googling for 20 seconds comes up with plenty of
examples like http://www.cs.virginia.edu/~dgm4d/LowesCarpet/index.html
Mike I had 3 rooms with carpet and tile and 1 room with just carpet
the bigger job was done by a small operator in my neighborhood and the
1 small room by a big box store I won't mention the name out of
courtsey but Nascar Driver Jimmy Johnson loves them,but I
digress,after the one room was done I had to call the small guy out to
blend the carpet with the tile the Big Store said that was the best
they could do with such a small space (bedroom,spare) the little guy
spent about 15 Minutes and *Presto*the biggest surprise was he refused
any money,he asked that I tell my friends and he was thirsty so a
bottled water was his pay
believe it or not that is what happened
installation quote for that. Total installed price was about $1,500 (I'd
have to review the paperwork again to be sure). Seemed pricey to me.
Lowes quoted us 2 months ago and keeps calling us weekly! We haven't
made a decision yet. We assume carpet prices will fall so we are waiting
now for a sale or other better overall deal. A new flooring company just
opened nearby so we're going to check them out plus a few other places.
Cheers! -- Rik
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