The carpet installation is one of those things that really wraps the project up. Once the carpet goes in, it seems that the house is ready to move into. In reality, however, even after the carpet goes in - the house is not ready. Usually there is a punch list of dozens of small things that have to be wrapped up before the house is actually ready. That was certainly true in our case.

There are various types of carpet pad to choose from. We picked foam carpet pad - mostly because it feels so much softer than the more common "rebond" pad. However, foam is a petroleum product, and due to some natural disasters, a shortage of foam developed. As a result, we were only able to get foam for some of the rooms. You can tell a big difference in the softness between the rooms that have foam and those that don't.

Although we are not finishing the basement right now, we purchased enough carpet for the entire basement at the same time. The reason for this is because carpet styles come and go - there is no guarantee that one or two years from now we will be able to find the same carpet style and color. Additionally, carpet colors vary from dye lot to dye lot, as a result, even if we could get the same carpet later, it may be a slightly different shade. For now, the carpet for the basement will be stored in our garage.

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