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While carpets are one of the cheapest flooring solutions for your home, the total costs for the whole house can amass into quite a sum. Although the price matches the quality, as with many other products, there are still ways to spend less on a carpet and get a fairly decent coverings for your home. We have gathered some handy tips on how to dig out the best offers and maximise the gain.

Shop in the right period
You already know that sales are the best opportunity to get a solid piece at a great discount. As we cannot be on a constant lookout throughout the year, what’s a time when stores offer great deals? Our research has revealed that the most tempting promotions happen in the early autumn and winter period, meaning around September or January. The manufacturers are thus clearing out the room for the incoming spring arrivals. Alternatively, go for the retailer’s discount in the summer months, when business is slow-paced.

Target the in-stock offer
A great deal of carpet retail stores keeps some items in stock to be able to produce the carpet you want on the spot without waiting for the special order. The retailers get special discounts for buying several large rolls at once, and this reflects on the price the customers can bargain for. This is, however, a limited offer and if you’re lucky the pattern and colour of the in-stock goods is to your liking, you’ll have an affordable piece in record time.

Lastly, even though the retailers keep first-rate products, sometimes the manufacturers send them “seconds” that may be off-colour or have tiny flaws, and such pieces don’t go with full warranty. Make sure to ask the salesperson about the quality of the product and terms of purchase.

The affordable remnant
If you’re after a modestly-sized carpet, the remnant may just be the thing for you. They are the pieces cut out from the end of the roll of the in-stock offer, and their price may be considerably lower. Considering you need the carpet of smaller dimensions, you may score a good portion without any flaws.

Again, check with the shop assistant about the terms and state of the product they’re selling. If you need the flooring for some high-traffic area, the slight variation from the sample colour may not even bear special significance.

Don’t buy more pieces than you actually need
This advice can be interpreted in two different ways. Firstly, make sure to take precise measurements of the room’s dimensions. Still, some minimal wastage if frequently inevitable, so don’t beat yourself about it if it happens. Secondly, don’t get carried away and buy several pieces that don’t have a designated spot in the house, as they will only collect dust and rot in the basement.

Some carpet manufacturers are producing lines that come in various quality, the so-called good-better-best range. For instance, the carpets can come in different weight, while all the other features are the same: colour (with miniscule variations), style and fibre type. This way you can combine the top-notch pieces for bedroom, and lower grade items for high-traffic places, like hallway or living room. And the best thing is, you can get the same design for an entire house.

Benefits of online purchase
If all of this didn’t yield any rug to your liking and according to your budget, it’s high time to look for rugs online and save yourself the trouble of perusing the retail store offer. The discounts and new models will come to you immediately as they get announced, and you will get a notification on your smartphone or via email. This is perfect for big families and business people.

As you can see, shopping for carpets doesn’t have to be a steep and strenuous activity. With our hacks, you’ll know exactly when and where to shop with minimal expenditure.

All images courtesy of flickr.com/creativecommons.

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