Carpet Install Coupon Deal from Home Depot

Karrie and I have been wanting new carpet in our family room and dining room.  There were a few stains, and overall the carpet was just worn out.  The first thing we needed to do was to find out the size of the rooms.  So I measured everything and determined the square footage.  With that we could get an idea of how much it would cost to buy the carpet, pad and to have it installed. 

One thing to remember is that the square footage of the room is not necessarily the square footage you will be paying for.  Typically they say you should estimate 20% more than the size of your room. This is based on how many cuts they are going to need to make from the full 12 foot carpet roll.  I wanted to try to estimate how much extra we needed to buy so that meant I had to find the carpet seam.   It turned out to be right in the middle between the two rooms.
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Now I knew when I first bought the house that there is hard wood floor under this carpet but I never knew what condition it was in.  After tearing up one of the corners I saw that it looked okay but not great.  It was old oak hardwood floor at the finish was very worn down.  Even if Karrie and I did want hardwood floor it would've taken a lot of sanding and refinishing to get this into shape.

We looked around at where we could buy the carpet and determined that our best option was Home Depot.  We decided to buy our carpet from Home Depot for a couple different reasons.  Firstly because their installation is free if you buy a certain amount of carpet.  We calculated that with our rooms we would just qualify for the free install.  The second reason was because we remembered about how we could get the discounted price from Home Depot using a 10% off coupon from Lowe's and buying gift cards online.   A few months earlier I purchased a new DeWalt miter saw from Lowe's.  I was able to get the saw on clearance as well as an additional 10% off when I used an online coupon.
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But when you need to purchase something from Home Depot there's a few other tricks you can do.  One is that you can go to the US Post Office you can get a "change of address packet" with all sorts of coupons inside.  One of those coupons is a 10% off your Lowe's entire purchase. The good thing about that coupon, is Home Depot will honor the 10% up to $50.  The next trick is something we discovered back when we remodeled our family room.

There are sites online where you can purchase Home Depot gift cards for less than the value of the card.  The way the sites work is that they are sort of like a middleman.  People who have Home Depot, Lowe's, or several other stores gift cards, will sell them to the site for less than what they are worth.  Those people would rather have the cash than the gift card.  Then the site will sell those gift cards for a percentage less than what they are worth.

On the site different stores have different percentage off.  Usually a Home Depot gift card is 5% less than its face value. But by using coupon code from SlickDeals we were able to get our gift cards for 11.5% less than face value.  So we purchased about five gift cards which had a value of $1100 but we spent less than $1000.

The entire process of purchasing carpet from Home Depot took a few days.  First you have to go to the store and sign up for an inspector to come out and measure.  They take those measurements and a few days later you get a call from Home Depot saying you can come back in and arrange payment for what the total price will be.  When we went back to the store about a week later they said we would need about 440 ft.² of carpet and pad.  The total cost was going to be around $1380.  But at the time we were purchasing the carpet there was a sale at the store, plus we were using gift cards which was 11.5% off, plus we used our Lowe's 10% off gift card.

One slightly nervous moment was at the register when they said we weren't able to use the Lowe's gift card.  But after speaking with them and having them call their manager, he said as long as it wasn't under $100 discount he was okay for us to use it. The great thing was when they calculated it, they didn't give us the maximum $50 off, they ended giving us us the full 10% off of around $97.  So when it was all said and done we got carpet which should have cost us around $1400 for right around $1000.  We were pretty happy that we got such a great deal. 

It took another week for the order to get to the carpet manufacturer in them to give us a call back and set up our install date.  After getting the call and setting up the appointment we had two days to rip out all the carpet and padding in those rooms.  So we spent a few hours moving all the furniture into the living room and then tore out the carpet and pad in the dining room.  As you can see from the bottom of the carpet there were lots of stains, although I guess they really didn't show up on the surface.
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Once we get the carpet rolled up I carried it down to the basement and we started removing the pad. This actually took a lot more time than we thought because we had to pull out all the staples that held the pad down.  We used pliers and screwdrivers to pry all of them up.
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It looked like carpet had been replaced years ago because there were lots of staples which were just smashed down with a hammer.  I guess that's the easier way to do it.

After we had what we thought were all the staples pulled out I took a wet rag and started wiping everything down. That what I realized we missed about a dozen staples space to randomly over the floor.
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The next day I started on the family room.  That carpet was a little harder to tear out, the roll kept rubbing on the side walls.  So I had to flip it around before it could be rolled up and carried down to the basement.  Here you can see what the carpet and wood floor looked like.  All those little dark patches are from the carpet padding that had been sitting on it for several years.
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Here's a time lapse I did, using the GoPro, of me removing the last of the furniture and getting rid of the carpet.

Remove Carpet and Pad

You can sort of see how rolling up the carpet and pad is the easy part, all of the hundreds of staples that need to be pulled is the tedious work..  After words I wiped everything down and found several more staples that I missed.
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So now we had both rooms, carpet removed, pad removed, staples pulled, everything wiped down and ready for the carpet to be installed the next day.
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Also I removed the trim between the doorway to the kitchen and the opening to the front door entry way.  I wasn't 100% sure if i should take the trim out, but I knew that would make it easier for the carpet installers.  That way they wouldn't have to push the carpet under the trim.  I could just put the trim on top of the carpet after they installed it. 

This turned out to be the correct choice and they said it made it a lot easier for them.  Plus I wasn't sure if I would be able to ever find that trim again and we had to make several small cuts to get it to fit flush with the door opening and I didn't want to break while they were installing carpet.

When the carpet installers arrived the next day I was at work but Karrie stayed home.  They showed up and said that the plan they were given to do the carpet wasn't the best way to install it.  Instead they went back to the shop and had it cut so that there was only one seam in the room. Here's a picture of what the padding look like.
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And here's what the carpet looked like when they were all done.
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It's a big change having new carpet in there and looks really nice. Plus walking on it feels great on your feet. There's a huge difference between brand-new thick carpet and old matted down carpet.  Later that day we moved all the furniture back into the room and I reinstalled the door trim.
finished look of new carpet on hard wood floor

Overall I'm glad we got the new carpet and even happier that we got such a great deal with the sale, coupon, and gift cards.
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