Just received estimate, 33% over actual??

Old 01-29-05, 02:57 PM
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Just received estimate, 33% over actual??

Had the local big box over (I know, mistake #1) for an estimate to install a carpet. The actual sq-ft of flooring I need covered is 531 but the estimate was based on 710 sq-ft of carpet needed. This wortks out to 1/3 more carpet than I need. I was expecting about 10-15 % over actual and was shocked that they would need that much extra carpet. Also, since the cost of the carpet includes the labor to install it seems unreasonable to me I would have to pay labor for all this extra carpet that is going to be trashed. The carpet I selected was a berber with a 6" diamond pattern. Is this typical or am I being taken.
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Was it a patterned carpet?
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Daniel, the second to last sentence...

""The carpet I selected was a berber with a 6" diamond pattern.""

There is the reason for the extra waste. Pattern carpets will have waste, and depending on your homes layout, that much waste is normal. They could be bumping yardage just a little, they are known for it.

You don't want a bunch of seams all over the place, trying to piece every last sq.ft. of carpet together!!!!!

If this is a loop patterned carpet, cross seams are a bad thing, which will add further to the waste factor.

Your carpet is most likely 12 feet wide. Take your tape maesure and start measuring and figuring pattern repeat. You will get an Idea of your waste and where seams will be.
Old 01-29-05, 05:07 PM
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Over the past 8 years I have done tons of homes of all types.
Any time the sq footage of carpet is over 20%, I reevaluate my cuts.
rarely do I go over 15%.

That does not mean that the bid is incorrect, but couple that fact with the whole HD thing, and I would get another free estimate or 2 from local shops.
Such as Carpetone or Flooring America.

Home Depot subs out the measure, and they are not gonna catch themselves short. So the job is padded. It's a smart thing to do when you sub out measurers.
Plus the big box stores are babies in the carpet industry. There are reputable store's that belong to a buying group who get alot better pricing than them.
Plus they can get the carpet faster, and should have good professional salespeople who can provide a more secure service.

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