With everyday life going on around us, “STUFF happens”! Last year’s tax returns were swallowed up by the furnace being replaced. The year before that, it was the transmission in the car. Because of things like this, most people end up keeping their builder-grade carpet (designed to wear out in 3-5 years under the average family of 2 adults, 2 kids) in excess of 12-15 years… and it SHOWS!
Now that you’ve come to the time and circumstance that allows you to upgrade your flooring, you may KNOW a carpet, hardwood, or tile installer… You’re in luck!!! But be careful, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard of (and seen the work left by) a well-meaning friend, trying to do a favor. It doesn’t always turn out so well. Having a COMPETENT professional installer, with your home’s VALUE in mind would be nice, right about now.
Just like any other time, when you are about to spend $100’s, even $1000’s on upgrading the flooring in your home, do your “home” work. Get references, and TALK to the people that your friend has done work for already. Maybe even go and LOOK at the job, if possible.
Then there are those folks who hold the opinion that with the Big Box flooring stores comes professionalism and safety. Even THEY realize that saving money just isn’t something that comes with THAT package deal. What with all the mark up and overhead it takes to run a multi-million dollar retail outlet out of YOUR pocket! Not to mention they have as many as a dozen outlets in the same metropolitan area, such as Columbus.That’s why about 70% of whatever you pay goes directly into their bank account to run their business. This explains why you get such low quality material, and even lower quality installers for your money. BYPASSING retail
That’s why about 70% of whatever you pay goes directly into their bank account to run their business. This explains why you get such low quality material, and even lower quality installers for your money. BYPASSING retail mark up and overhead to save you HUNDREDS in each room of flooring would be nice, right about now. That way your money goes on your FLOOR, where you want it to.
But let’s look a little closer at the assumptions made above, about professionalism and safety being a given with the big retail outlets.
PROFESSIONALISM: From the moment you walk into the Big Box flooring store, and are told to “Look around, and get my attention when you find what I can sell you”, you get the feeling that you’re just not that important, until the checkbook comes out. The amount of samples covering the showroom floor can be utterly overwhelming, and with no guidance, you can feel a little abandoned. A free, in-home estimate, with all the time you need to look at samples in your OWN home, under YOUR lighting, next to the colors of YOUR walls and furniture sure would be nice, right about now.
A free, in-home estimate, with all the time you need to look at samples in your OWN home, under YOUR lighting, next to the colors of YOUR walls and furniture sure would be nice, right about now.
Once you get the courage to walk up to the sales person and say “Sic ’em”, they are on a fast track to that contract being signed. Confidence to make a purchase comes with questions being answered and information gained that relates to YOUR circumstances. The ability to accept “We’ll think about it”, instead of an arm-twisting sales pitch sure would be nice, right about now.
Here’s the moment when they tell you exactly what you will get for your money. At this point keep in mind that the sales person is NOT the installer, so make sure they are writing all this information down on the sales order. This is so that you might have a CHANCE of getting an informed installer, MAYBE even one interested in actually giving you what you were promised. For the person doing the estimate to actually BE the installer, eliminating any confusion during installation, would be nice, right about now.
Instead, likely as not, your installer won”t even speak English, so they can’t, or don’t WANT TO communicate on installation day. This not to “dis-” foreign workers. In today’s society, they often have a better work ethic than some privilege-minded Americans who think you owe them a living. It’s the store’s greed, to keep more profits and pay the installer as little as possible that is at fault for improperly trained sub-contractors leaving low quality work, covered by a one year warranty on labor. That can leave you wondering just what it was that you paid top dollar for in the first place. To have the owner of the business (concerned with his hard earned reputation) actually installing your flooring sure would be nice, right about now.
SAFETY: There was a time (in years past) when flooring installation was a trade, and new-comers were apprenticed for about 2 years, in order to learn it properly. Anymore, someone can buy a couple of stolen tools from a pawn shop, and … “Yup, I can lay carpet”. These are known in the industry as HACKERS. A 25 year experienced installer with a vested interest in your satisfaction, would be nice, right about now.
Ask your friends and relatives about their last flooring replacement experience. You will likely hear a nightmare story of scary looking, rude people who may have displayed bad habits ( such as drink, smoke, or language) in the customer’s home, or smelled like the one just partaken of, in the truck, prior to knocking on the door. Then they proceed to rush through the job, using techniques like “knee-kicking” the carpet all the way around to get done faster, grabbing the check, and gone in the shortest time possible. This is exactly why the carpet wrinkles in 2-3 years, and why the store (ANY store) has not more than a 1 year warranty.
Then they charge you to knee-kick it AGAIN in 2-3 years, when that’s the reason it’s wrinkling in the first place! A LIFETIME GUARANTEE on the labor sure would be nice, right about now.
Don’t be fooled into thinking that the store is unaware of the lack of quality these guys are leaving in your home. This is NOT their first rodeo! That crew has worked for the store and left the same kind of mess in someone else’s home before. This is why every store has, at their disposal, the guy who knows how to do it RIGHT. They can send him out to do a repair, or “patch job” (put a band-aid on a broken arm) and tell you that it’s all fixed. They’re not going to REPLACE it, that would lose them ALL their profit. They have come to the conclusion that they can maximize their profits and keep up with the VOLUME of the work load by using the hackers on the first time around. By not paying the higher price for the competent installer except in the small percentage of cases where the home owner realizes how bad a job was done, they keep the cost of installation down, and realize greater profits. So much for safety with the Big Box stores.
Well, you are blessed. For whatever reason you have found TREAT FOR YOUR FEET.com, and that can be VERY NICE for YOU, right about now. If you have indeed reached the time that is right for you to upgrade the flooring in your home, I invite you to do some further “home” work:
1) Shop around- anywhere that sells carpet, wood, or tile flooring. When you find out how much you’ll have to pay to get it through retail, you might as well bypass them and SAVE 35-40%. That equates to HUNDREDS of dollars!
2) Read the Customer Testimonials on TREAT FOR YOUR FEET.com- if the home owner doesn’t talk about your point of interest, then call them and ask questions. With permission, over half of them have their phone numbers listed.
3) Read the Secrets Page on TREAT FOR YOUR FEET.com- especially with carpet, there are a lot of lies told to sell low quality flooring at high prices, which makes for increased store-building profits. On this page, there are a dozen of them exposed and explained.
Then call us at TREAT FOR YOUR FEET, and say “PROVE IT!” (614) 833-2664 gets you a FREE estimate with NO Salesman, NO Pressure … GUARANTEED ! And if you have a friend who needs an estimate, they still get NO Salesman, NO Pressure, but if they purchase, YOU GET $50 Cash. That’s our referral bonus, to say “THANK YOU” for passing our information along to the person who needs it. After they get the estimate, THEY’LL thank you, too.