Know the maintenance involved
Different styles of carpet have different maintenance requirements. If you own pets or have young children, you might want to avoid shag carpet, as it is hard to clean. You may also want to avoid light colors that will quickly show dirt and stains.
Don’t Skimp on the Padding
Just because you won’t see it doesn’t mean it’s a good place to cut costs. Your carpeting needs a solid foundation to rest on. The padding you place under your carpet gives it an added defense against wear and tear. If you buy subpar padding, you’ll notice your carpet wearing down much faster.
Lighting Can Be Tricky
Lighting can have a significant impact on the way your carpeting looks and the way your home is lit can be drastically different than the store’s lighting. Be sure to take some samples home with you to place in the room you are buying the carpet for. See how you like it throughout the entire day. Place the samples next to your walls, curtains and couches to make sure it fits with your décor.
The Use of the Room
Will the room be a seldom-used formal area, or a highly trafficked family spot? Plush carpets can look great in a formal dinning room, but in a living room they tend to show footprints and vacuum marks. Not to mention the fact that they are harder to clean. Making a mental note of how your room is used is a must before buying the carpet.
Every manufacture will have different guidelines for the warranty of their carpets. Make sure you know what they are so you will be eligible to use it should your carpet fail. Follow all the manufacture recommended cleaning and maintenance instructions. Not only will this keep your carpet looking nice for years to come but will help you avoid voiding your warranty.
Sources: howstuffworks.com, thisoldhouse.com