You know the average LR-DR-Hall is around 55 sq or 495 sf. That is a good rule of thumb figure. You simply measure the lenght of the room and the width of the room. You measure into the middle of the doorway (or jamb). Then muliply the two figures to get the square feet of the room. Typically add about 8-10 % for seaming and waste to the net square footage. That gives you the total sf. needed to do the job. Remember carpet usually comes in 12 ft. wide rolls. So if you room is 10 x 16 you will need a 12 x 16 . The net square footage is 160 but the actual is 192 sf. Now that is pretty simple don't you think ? But when you get into mupitle rooms it gets a little tricky. You simply do each room seperate and add the rooms together and add the 8-10 % and you would be be close to what the needed material actually will be. By doing this simple little math problem you won't be paying for material you didn't need.
I've even found that measuring services ( even the ones the big box stores use ) really get lost in their measurements. They can handle a small job ( like 1 room ), but boy throw in 4 rooms a hall, 10 custom steps and a pattern match and man they are lost. In many cases I've seen the store never call the customer back with a price because they totally underestimated the orginal quote when the customer was in the store. Or they just pile on the yards to make sure they have enough. In any case usually the customer loses. The latter is usually what happens the most and you really got hammered for the Free Stuff (you thought was fee) .
Think about this. A carpet installer is usually a independent installer and on his own. You really don't expect him to go to a complete strangers home, take up the old carpet and pad for free, move your furniture for free, then work all day installing the new carpet and pad for free, put all the furniture back for free, then when he and his helper are dead beat tired load up all the old stuff and haul it off for free. Boy do I have a bridge for sale. Heck it's hard to get my crew to find time to install a room in my own home and believe me it's not free.
One of the true benefits of buying from a locally owned floor covering professional is just exactly what I'm talking about in the above article. Chances are you are dealing with the owner or his family and when they come to measure they know what they are doing. And when their crew comes they will most likely come with them to go over the job. That's the steps that Judy, Brandon and I take on every job we sell at Home-Based Carpet & Flooring. We know exactly how many sf. each job takes, where the seams are going, what kind of quality seam tape we are using and at the end of the day come back and look at each job with few exceptions.
That's the service you should expect and that you certainly deserve.
You can contact Judy, Brandon or Greg at http://www.cincinnatifloorings.com or e mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also visit my blog at http://gregthecarpetman.blogspot.com
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