I have to be careful with this…
With Presidents Weekend basically here there are specials that are being run, some of which I will partake in and others I will NOT…
I don’t know how many times I hear about people going to Home Depot or Lowes picking up carpet and it makes me so sad…I’ve commented on a bunch of blogs about it since most of the blogs I stalk read are Home Renovation related. When we are in Lowes (which we frequent often) I’m constantly wanting to tell people to run and not buy flooring from them. Don’t get me wrong, I love Lowes, I think we spend more time in Lowes than any grocery store. That being said, my love doesn’t stretch to flooring.
You can almost always find a better price from a flooring store…
There are a few occasions when you can flooring from these places for less but it’s gotta be something that stocked and they’re trying to get rid of. (Rarely happens)
- Their terms are shady! Free installation or seriously discounted installation means they get you elsewhere (tack strips).
- Pads (not the feminine ones): a flooring store will offer you a good pad for $5-$6, Home Depot/Lowes will offer you the thinnest crappiest one for the same price
- Tack Strips, they’re little pieces of wood that have nails in them…my feet still loathe them! They expect that new tack strips are laid, if not done correctly they will gladly replace them charging an INSANE amount. It should be covered by the insane cost of carpet.
- Generally installation doesn’t cover the cost of removal of old carpet and pad (Lowes right now is doing it but it’s cuz their business is slowing down)
- The sales men on the floor are not trained about flooring…I can spew as much info as they do, enough to know not to use them and about StainMaster and Magic Fresh (they probably know nothing about Magic Fresh). In flooring stores the staff gets TRAINED on carpets, hardwoods, laminates and tiles.
- No real wiggle room! I’m not going to tell any flooring mark up, pretty sure I could get us in trouble but I will say that it’s HIGH. You can negotiate so much with a flooring store and if you even tell them that you’re looking at a Home Depot or Lowes good without cutting into their margin, the price they will offer will be a lower price (with the exception of a few shady stores…which I can help you with)
- No negotiations…just like buying a car, there is plenty of room to negotiate!
Hope this is helpful! Feel free to ask me any questions you may have! I may not have the answers but I may know someone who does!