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Tips Before you Shop for flooring

Posted on February 16, 2013 at 1:35 PM

When you’re looking for carpet contractors in Ottawa, you probably realize right away that you have plenty of options. However, what isn’t exactly obvious is which contractor will be the best one for your installation. Here are several tips to help you sort through the many carpet contractors in the Ottawa Valley area:

First, make sure that the contractor you choose is insured. You just never know what might happen on the day they come to install your carpet. Of course you should certainly take steps to protect any valuables that are normally sitting out on a given day, but you should also not use a contractor who doesn’t carry valid insurance.

Look for a contractor who has a good reputation. These contractors are the ones who take steps to protect the property of their customers and who don’t have a record of scamming home or business owners. It’s a good idea to measure the space you will be carpeting ahead of time so that you know if they are measuring correctly when they tell you how much you need.

Ask plenty of questions about the carpeting you are thinking about buying, as well as the installation process. You should be able to get a good idea of just how much the carpet contractor knows about his job. Of course a knowledgeable and experienced contractor is always preferable to someone who has very little knowledge about his job.

Find out as much as you can about the warranties, both for the carpet itself and the installation. Most manufacturers do offer some kind of warranty on their product, although not all contractors will cover your installation. If a carpet contractor is willing to stand behind his installation and take care of any problems that occur as a result, you know that you can trust him.

Ask the contractor if the same crew installs every type of flooring or if they keep some staff members who specialize in just one or two types. It is not really realistic to expect the same people to know how to install every type of flooring. Of course many flooring contractors will have an idea of how to do it, but there should be a few people on the team whose specialty is carpet. If they don’t acknowledge specialties, then you’ve got to ask yourself why.

Meet with several Flooring contractors to see what kind of sales tactics they use. Some contractors are exceptionally pushy or practice unethical sales methods. By spending just a few minutes with a few different contractors, you will be able to get an idea about who is better to work with.

Also ask for recommendations from people you know who have purchased carpet and had it installed recently. They can tell you if they would recommend the same company to you and possibly even offer other trustworthy options that they didn’t end up going with in the end simply because they didn’t have the carpet they wanted.

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Reply Steve Grimes
9:23 AM on October 16, 2014 
Mr. Grimes was only doing what he was asked by his employer. There has been a minimum of a dozen sales people at the store that had worked on that account and all were told to do the same thing. Peter not only screwed the city out of money, he screws over all his commission sales people.