Sunday, October 12, 2014


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I am amazed when I see competitors that price their carpet in so many different ways and methods. I think it is a wise thing to do if you are a consumer is to look at the final  total price. Yesterday I heard on the radio in Cincinnati, Ohio……carpet installed for only $ 27.00. Another ad talked about their $ 97.00 whole house installation. I believe there are basically three ways for retail carpet dealers to price a carpet job.
1. Price each items that composes the job. Carpet, padding, installation, take up, haul off, move furniture and steps or additional custom work.
2. All inclusive price. This includes all of the above without a breakdown.
3. Then there are the dealers who sell you the carpet, pad and installation is $ 27, $ 97 or even FREE. Sounds to good to be true? Generally it is.
No carpet mechanic is going to come to your home with one room of carpet or a van full of your carpet and do all that work for $ 97.00. The store (usually box store, multi chain stores) use this method to capture the consumer. This is where you really need to know how much other stores are getting for pad and labor. Example…..two weeks ago I checked out a home center that was advertising the example #3. Their pad was .77 square foot.  That comes out to $ 6.93 square yard. That same pad sells for $.33 to $ .44 cents per square yard.  Using  an average cost of $.39 sf that pad is $ 3.51 sq.yds.  That’s $ 3.42 sq yds less than the home center on the square yard. If you have 75 sq. yds. that’s a $ 256 SAVINGS. Now that is just the beginning. The $ 97 install is a basic install price. No extras included.  The old carpet take up at the same store was $.40 sf. Independents will usually charge $.11 to $.15 sf for the same service. That comes out to a $ 1.17 sq yd saving or $ 87.00 on 75 square yards. Steps at the home center were  $ 7.00 per steps ( regular box steps). Wrap steps were $ 15 each and pie shaped steps were $22 each. Usually an independent dealer will charge around $ 8 – $ 10 for those type of  steps. Transitions metals, seam tape and tack strip were all extra. Moving furniture was charged by the square foot. Haul off was extra.
Are you starting to get the point. That $ 97 is nothing compared to all the extras that you are being charged.  As a matter of fact the $ 97 is like icing on the cake. Then I asked the clerk how I went about getting my job measured.  They handed me a 11 page outline of the installation and wanted $ 45 to measure. If I decided to have them perform the job then I have to pay them up front in full for the complete job. And that’s before the carpet is ordered and any installer comes to my home.
I left the store and sat in my car and began looking at the 11 page installation guidelines. I got through 5 pages and drove off. The next time I see my nephew (attorney), I am going to let him look at the agreement. They even charge to go up an elevator. Over the basic mileage to your home there is an extra charge.
I hope I didn’t confuse you. Go with example # 1 or # 2. If you are shopping an independent dealer you will most likely find that they price their jobs using one of these examples and honest dealers generally will come out about the same total.  Look for a dealer that has installers that have been with them for over 4 years or their own hourly installers. Another great piece of advice is to go to There is a link to finding a World Floor Covering Association. Look for the store locator icon and type in your zip code. These dealers abide by a set of principles in selling floor covering.
Trust you got something out of this article. Here is some really great advice. Go to and enter the name of a large box store that runs these kind of promotions. After you enter the name just hit enter. You will get a list of complaints about the name you entered.  Do you have a question? Please email me at  or visit us at

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Bliss by Beaulieu Carpet Installation In Madeira, Ohio

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Top Stories   CUSTOMER REVIEW & TESTIMONY   Name: Erin Schinasi
City: Madeira
State: Ohio
Zip Code: 45243
Product installed: Bliss by Beaulieu wall to wall Carpet

Quality of work:
Review: Remodeled our second floor and needed carpet. Was referred by my parents who had carpet installed 15 years ago. Greg and Judy came to my house with samples. They spent a great deal of time with me explaining about different products and helping me choice something that would work for my families needs. My husband and I thought we would be ready for carpet in 4 weeks but definitely weren't. Greg was very nice about it and told me to call when we were ready. The price was very reasonable for the space we had done including stairs! I am so pleased and will refer to anyone who needs flooring!

Dear Erin....Thank You so much for the kind review. We certainly appreciate your business and would ask you to tell your friends and neighbors about Home Based Carpet and Flooring.

Thanks Again,
Greg, Judy and Brandon K.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

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Angies List Rating 
Page Of Happiness Nominee

Amy Corbett
Carpet Sales/Installation-Bliss by Beaulieu Nylon Frieze Highland Classic 50 ounce Nylon Filament
Services Performed: 
* More Weight is given to a review where work has been completed.
Work Completed Date: 
March 31, 2014
Last Modified Date: 
May 20, 2014
Hire Again: 
Approximate Cost: 
Description Of Work: 
Installed over 1800 sq ft of carpet.
Member Comments: 
I was very impressed with the whole process.  We have purchased carpet form a big box store in the past and NEVER got the service or pricing we received from Home Based Carpet.   From the initial meeting,  the selection available, the sale to the installation everyone we encountered could have not been more professional or friendly.  I had already meet and knew exactly who was going to be in my house everyday for the whole week before they showed up to install. The installers were top notch - I enjoyed spending 5 whole days with them, they told me the night before which rooms they would be working in the following day, so I could plan accordingly.  Help support the Small Business Owner, you won't be disappointed!
Seller Comment....This new Beaulieu carpet comes with a outstanding warranty  20 YEAR LIMITED DURABILITY WARRANTY

Sunday, February 2, 2014

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Top Stories  Home Based Carpet & Flooring.....NEW UPDATE  We recently finished a complete home carpet and flooring makeover in Mason, Ohio. We installed Earthwerks 4" x 36" long luxury vinyl plank flooring using pressure sensitive adhesive. The plank was installed in the entry, 2 baths, dining room and kitchen. The whole house carpet was a Mohawk stykle and the installation took 4 days with tear out, take up and all new 3/4" quarter round moulding. Below are the customer comments. Gary Hubbard Mason, OH 45040 Category: Carpet Sales/Installation Luxury Vinyl Plank Flooring/Installation Services Performed: Yes Work Completed Date: November 04, 2013 Hire Again: Yes Approximate Cost: $8,800.00 Home Build Year: 1971 Description Of Work: The provider installed vinyl plank flooring in our kitchen, both bathrooms, our entranceway, and dining room. The remainder of the whole house was completely carpeted. Member Comments: The provider (Brandon & Scott) did an excellent job in installing all of our flooring. Their work was very high quality and they cleaned up everyday after theirselves. They also prepared all of our scrap so that I could just place everything out for the weekly garbage pickup. This provider comes to your house and shows you samples, and they are all very personable and family owned. If you want a reasonable price with the highest quality installation, I highly recommend Home Based Carpet!

Friday, January 24, 2014

Luxury Vinyl Tile & Plank Flooring...Popular In Cincinnati, Ohio

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Top StoriesHome Based Carpet and Flooring,m LLC      NEWS   One of the fastest and hottest flooring products to come out in a long time is (LVT) luxury vinyl plank and tile flooring. The newest flooring resource comes mainly from recycled products and closely resembles wood flooring, hand crafted ceramic tile and slate and marble flooring. There are lots of manufactures who are marketing the new flooring, many are being made in China and shipped to the United States. One of the problems with manufacturing out of the country is the delivery of products. If a distributor runs out of stock of a certain item then they will have to wait for the ship to get here across the water. Most of the products from China ship in containers by ship. Wait times can be up to 2 months. I believe it is important to purchase luxury vinyl tile from dealers who have strong ties to the manufactures who are overseeing the research and design and manufacturing quality of such products. Standards in China are a bit different than in the United States and some companies do have their own overseers in foreign countries where these products are being manufactured. Beaulieu Industries recently came out with Bliss Luxury Vinyl Plank and Tile Flooring under their Bliss Flooring name and they have their own people in China overseeing product development. Some manufactures are opening their own LVT (luxury vinyl tile) plants here in the US. Armstrong Flooring is building a new LVT plant in Lancaster, Pa. and it should be up and running sometime second quarter of 2015. Shaw Industries is taking their area rug plant in Ringgold, Georgia and converting it over to LVT.
Cost is around 100 million dollars.
We are selling LVT where hardwood flooring won't work. Basements with concrete floors and they are not totally level. The LVT will form with the level of the concrete to a great extent. A leveling compound would have to be installed to level the cement for wood flooring to be installed then engineered wood would have to be installed. Use of the engineered wood is necessary because it has the stability to go on or below grade.
We recently installed a new Earthwerks Wood Antique Plank floor in the Mason, Ohio area. The new product was installed in the kitchen (we coated the floor with embossing leveler) and put the new plank right over the vinyl. There was wall to wall carpet in the attached dining room. We tore out the carpet, built the floor up with 3/8" plywood to meet the same level as the kitchen and continued the plank flooring into the dining room. The customer liked the product so well that we installed it in 2 bathrooms and the main entry. LVT is really easy to take care of. Vacuum to get any grit and dust off the floor and use a neutral cleaning agent with water and a sponge mop. Using the correct PH cleanser will help keep cleaning streaks off the flooring. Also you can make your own floor cleaner. Mix 1 gallon of hot water with 1/4 cup of a pH-neutral liquid dish detergent in a bucket. Swish a mop in the solution to agitate the ingredients until suds form. Dish detergent is one of the most common pH-neutral cleaners, and works perfectly for floors. LVT sales at Home Based Carpet and Flooring in Cincinnati, Ohio have been going gangbusters for the last couple of years. Installation time, subfloor conditions and cost make LVT very practical. Wide widths are even available in LVT, not to mention the beautiful tile looks that are available. Make sure you have your new flooring installed by a CFI (Certified Flooring Installer).

I have listed below some links to manufactures who sell LVT flooring. You can go to their site and view their
products and see room scenes.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

New Earthwerks Luxury Vinyl Plank Flooring and Bliss by Beaulieu Carpet Makeover

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Top Stories Home Based Carpet and Flooring        NEWS UPDATE    Home Based Carpet & Flooring (a shop at home flooring solution) just finished installing almost 800 square feet of 4" x 36" x 1/8" thick luxury vinyl plank flooring in Lebanon, Ohio. We also installed nearly 275 square yards of Bliss by Beaulieu Legendary Beauty plush carpet. The plank flooring was installed in kitchen, long hall way to pantry, laundry room and dining room. A Portland based floor leveling compound was used to secure the sub floor and 4x8x1/4 birch plywood was used to build up the hall to meet the kitchen and dining room. The carpet was installed in 5 bedrooms on the second floor and 4 rooms on the first. The customer was a Angies List customer and was kind enough to send in a great report on us. I have enclosed the report below. visit us at httyp:// Member: Robert Bartizek LEBANON, OH 45036 Categories: Carpet Sales/Installation Luxury Vinyl Plank Flooring Sales/Installation Services Performed: Yes Work Completed Date: September 23, 2013 Hire Again: Yes Approximate Cost: $18,000.00 Home Build Year: 1993 Description Of Work: We have a large kitchen/breakfast nook area and a laundry room/family closet area that had vinyl flooring. The kitchen and laundry room/closet are connected by a long hallway which was carpeted. We replaced all of the flooring in these areas with a simulated wood product called vinyl plank. The rest of the house was re-carpeted. Member Comments: The entire experience was fantastic. After a phone conversation where we described basically what we wanted, Greg and Judy came to our home with several samples of carpet and flooring. Judy took detailed room measurements during this visit so that they could provide a pricing estimate (very reasonable). We narrowed the choices down to 2 flooring products from different companies and a carpet color that looked good. Since the samples are all fairly small, I asked Greg to get us a box of each flooring choice and a larger sample of carpet. When the flooring boxes came in, Greg and Brandon visited to talk about how each would be installed (installation differed for the two products) and helped lay the samples out so we could see how they would look. We waited several days to make the final choice. Meanwhile, Judy decided to get us doormat-sized samples of the carpet color we chose as well as one shade on either side of our choice. We were glad that she did that because we wound up choosing one of those alternate shades instead. The new hard floors came in around $7000 and carpet for 4 bedrooms, upstairs hall, stairs, living room, family room and study came in around $11000. Installation of the hard floors was done first. Removing the hallway carpet, adding a 1/4" plywood covering over the old subfloor, adding leveling compound to the old vinyl floor areas and installing the new flooring took 5 days. After giving us a few days to prepare for carpet work, they began that job. We needed to empty furniture drawers and bookshelves and also unplug and move electronic things like computers and TV's. They handled moving of all furniture. They did 2 bedrooms, the upstairs hallway and our family room on Day 1, the other 2 bedrooms and the study on Day 2 and the living room and dining room on Day 3. They cleaned up every day before they left. We received quality products at a fair price and installation by guys that really knew what they were doing. Brandon did a large part of the installation work and was here every day. I would recommend Home-Based Carpet to anyone. Overall A Price A Quality A Responsiveness A Punctuality A Professionalism A