Last week, I had an estimate I was doing in Grayson. It was for a property manager that I had never worked with before, and the only questions he wanted answered were, could I stretch the carpet out, and what the price would be. When I got to the home, it was in pretty bad shape...
The Bad News...
As you can see from the pictures... It desperately needs to be restricted. Not just these halls and rooms, but the entire house. Every room, all 2,300 square feet of it! When carpets are properly installed, it is done with a machine called a power stretcher. When this machine is used, carpets are much less likely to have these wrinkles appear. And if they do, its usually only one or two areas after many years of satisfied use. The owner of this property ended up saving money on the install, but he already should just have his carpets replaced.
The Good News
You Don't have to make the same mistake as this property owner. The mistake many folks make is focusing on price. It's easy to think this is the most important thing. When you go to the grocery store, coupons and signs highlight the money they promise you'll save. Car dealers promise thousands and thousands of dollars off... When you are picking a service provider, its better to start with the question of what do I want? What goals are you trying to accomplish? If price is the most important thing to you, is it a job you can do yourself? Do you want some one who is able to get the job done with green supplies?
Some Questions To Ask Every Service Provider
Once You decide what you are looking for, and that a professional is going to be the best way to go, these are some questions that YOU need to ask every service provider before you commit to working with them;
1. Are you Licensed, Bonded and Insured: Even if you were a gambling man, I would not suggest hiring some one who was not licensed, bonded or insured. If something goes wrong on the project, you are liable if they aren't insured.
2. Do You Provide an Exact Estimate Before Starting The Work: I have family in Panama, and we occasionally go to visit them. It is somewhere between a third and first world country. They use the U.S. dollar, but they are not nearly as well off in general in Panama. Many locals will haggle, and if they know you are not from there, they will often charge twice as much for their services as they would one of their neighbors. Taxi's are one of those services'. My family had told us, always negotiate the price before you get in the cab. On our way back from the local mall, we forgot to negotiate the price before we left. Not only that, but my brother and I were both speaking english on the way back home as well. When we arrived, he charged us twice as much to get home, as it was to get to the mall. The moral of the story is, unless you want some nasty surprises, make sure that you agree upon terms of the price, and payment method before work begins, and have the contractor reach out to you if there were any unforeseen complications that could affect the price. This will save you loads of head aches.
3.Do You Offer A Guarantee: If you are going to hire some one, you want to know that they will stand by the word, as well as their work. A money back guarantee is the strongest and best, but if they offer no guarantee whatsoever, is there a reason why?
So, Do You Want A Good Job, or Do You Want A Cheap Job?
It's an important question to ask yourself before you begin any project. "If you lay the foundation and are not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule you," and sometimes, if you take on the cheap job, you can end up paying more to undo the damage you did!
Please don't get me wrong, I am not saying that price is not important. Or that you should find the guy who charges the most, and hire him assuming he will give you the best job. But I am saying, do a little research, do a little homework. Find out, what am I paying for? What services am I receiving? What is the Value I am Getting For The Price I am Paying? Because, at the end of the day, I think this is what people are really after. You want to get the most value for Your dollar.
By asking these questions, and thinking beyond the $$, you can find the value. You can meet people who care about the service they are providing to you.
P.S. I started this post off showing an example of a poorly installed carpet, if you need some one to install it right, Call Dean Stewart @ 404-484-1563. I will post some pictures later of some before and after pictures of some of his projects, but he can do a great job of helping you find the right carpet for your living or work space.
P.P.S. If your carpets don't need replacing, but just a need to be freshened up, then give me a call. I would love to help you keep your carpets looking beautiful, and fresh! 404-821-3947