Trying to find the best company to install your carpet can be a challenge at the best of times. Who offers the best price? Who can get the job done quicker but still offers excellent quality? Who can I trust? These are all questions that you will be asking yourself when you are looking for someone to install your new carpets. Two of the most trusted companies at the moment are Lowe’s and Home Depot. You might have come across these two companies in your search already, but you’re still not sure which to go with. So, to help you out, we’ve compared all aspects of Lowe’s and Home Depot’s carpet installation service so that you can make that decision based on all the facts.
The first step to any carpet installation is measuring. Your room(s) need to be measured so that you know how much carpet you need for each area. If you schedule an appointment, Lowe’s will come to your home and do this for you. This means that there is no need to trouble yourself with finding a tape measure and trying to measure each room that you want new carpets in. A friendly professional will be with you in your chosen time slot to get this sorted for you. This is good because it means that instead of measuring yourself, or indeed guessing as some people will, your rooms will be professionally measured so that you know the right sized carpet is going to be delivered.
Home Depot also offers this service. However, the difference here is that Home Depot goes slightly beyond what is offered by Lowe’s. As well as a standard measurement, Home Depot will also evaluate your site to make sure everything is in order. After they have done this, they will determine if there are any special installation requirements and inform you if there are. They will also help you understand what this means and how it will impact your quote. Again, this means that there is no need for you to guess your room measurements as a member of their professional team will do this for you.
Finding The Right Carpet
You should choose the carpet that goes with the decor of the room it is going in. As well as this, it should be able to match all your needs, not just your style. Lowe’s offer a variety of carpet samples for you to choose from, with something for everyone. However, these are not available online. Lowe’s website states that you need to see the carpet in person because what looks pretty in the picture might not be what you end up with. They are charged at $1 per sample and will be shipped free of charge to your address.
For some people, they may view this as a benefit. They might agree with Lowe’s that you can’t truly know if that is the carpet you want until you see it in person. But what about people who will need to look at a wide variety of samples? After all the money is it going to cost to have the carpet installed in the first place, do you really want to be paying to see samples?
Home Depot offers an alternative. While they do agree that it is best to see samples in person, they do not charge you to send them to your home. Instead, you can book an in-store appointment to meet with one of the specialists to go through the different types of carpet that they have on offer. All you have to do is go online and book one of these appointments around your availability. You can choose which store you would like to attend, depending on which is more convenient for you at any given time.
If there is a particular person that you wish to have your appointment with, you can contact the store so that they can check the certain availability of that person. If possible, you will always be matched with the person that you requested. This is good if you have been into the store before and have spoken to someone there right before you made the decision to change up your carpets.
Again, this does have its pros and cons. While this may be better for some people, others don’t have the time to go down to a store to look at carpet samples. Although, as this service is free of charge, it might be worth it instead of paying to have the samples sent to your home. A downside is that unlike having the samples in your home, you won’t be able to see how they match with what you already have. Many people can imagine this and don’t need to be in their home to make a decision, but others might have difficulty here.
Lowes vs Home Depot: The Installation
After you have received your quote from Lowe’s and decided to move forward, you have to wait for the carpet to arrive. Once this has happened, an independent installer will get in contact with you to schedule your installation. Note that the carpet does not come directly to you, the person who arrives to install it will bring it with them. Once at your home, they will install your carpet for you. Lowe’s reviews vary, but overall they have a high rating with customers saying that they do a professional job.
This service is rather the same from Home Depot. Your carpet will arrive, and an installer will be in touch to let you know when they are coming to install your carpet. The reviews are generally positive for the installation process from Home Depot saying that the installers are courteous and don’t leave a mess behind them. Another positive piece of feedback that is common for this process is the speed in which Home Depot deliver their service. Customers say that it does not take long from the first step to the last and that the quality is by no means impaired by the speed of the process.
Lowes vs Home Depot Pricing
Lowe’s only offer to price on a quote by quote basis. You will have to go through a home visit to be able to know how much you are going to be looking at for your installation.
Home Depot offers an option for free installation. This offer comes with a minimum purchase of $699 and applies to carpet that is priced at $1 per square foot or higher. Other than this, you will have to get a quote on how much it will be for carpet installation. This is because they cannot give you an accurate price without first having measured your home to see how much carpet will be needed.
So, as you can see, it all depends on what you are looking for from your provider. Are you willing to pay a little extra to have samples sent to your home? Or, would you prefer an in-store consultation with someone who knows all about carpets? Either of these companies is great options, depending on what you want from the service. If you are pushed for time and can’t make an in-person consultation, Lowe’s might be the best choice for you.
However, if you are not going to be pressed for time, a free consultation from Home Depot might be the best way to choose the right carpet for your area. This way you get to touch and see the carpet in person, but you won’t have to pay to have the company send it to you.