When you are getting new carpets for your home, be prepared to be spending more than you originally thought. Carpeting is a rather large expense, even though it might not seem that way when you are first looking into the project. When you are in the store, browsing Karastan carpeting samples and the like, it doesn't always sink in just how much this project is going to cost. With carpet prices being just a few dollars for each square foot, it might seem inexpensive at first glance, but realize that those numbers quickly add up to a nice long tally. And once you add in installation costs, your bill will just grow even larger.
There are however, a couple of things that you can do to cut down on costs. The first is to look for discounted carpeting instead of paying full price. But make sure however, that you are not skimping on quality for price. A good carpet will last twice as long as a cheaply made one will, so you are really not saving if you go with a product that wasn't made well. But there are always carpet patterns that are being discontinued and are on sale for less, so as long as you make sure that you have enough to carpet one room, you can really save by taking advantage of this option.
Another thing that you can do to try and cut down on costs is to do some or all of the work yourself. Even if you are not a real "do it yourself" kind of person, you can still ask how much it will reduce the costs if you rip up the old carpeting yourself instead of having them do it for you. And you may be able to hire a local handy man to do the installation for you at a lower price than what the carpet dealer is offering.