Customers and flooring companies lose on this one about half the time. A customer will buy a certain type of padding from a flooring company that they want installed with their new carpet. The flooring company then takes the customer's order and provides the correct ordered padding with new carpet to their contracted carpet installer. Carpet installers get paid 2.50 a yard or .28 cents a square foot to install carpet. If the home is empty (no furniture) then they get paid less; about 1.50 a yard to 2.00 a yard or .16 cents or .22 cents. The carpet installers that get paid .16 cents a SF are 90% of the time illegal immigrants and property management companies for large apartment complexes usually get away with paying this amount to theses installers since when they recarpet an apartment the tenant moved out already.
This being said most carpet installer has an incentive to steal from the home owner and flooring company.
Scam one: The carpet installer never removes the old pad from the customer's home for the new carpet install. The carpet installer then takes the customers new pad they were supposed to install and resells it after the job on the black market. A typical roll of 6lb or 8lb carpet padding is 270sf and sells on the black market for – a roll. Home Depot and other stores sell this same padding for 5 a roll; 8lb padding sells for 0 a roll. The installer makes instant profit. So let's do the math. A carpet installer is paid .28 cents a sf on a normal home owner's install of 12x125sf roll of carpet. That means they will make 0.00. That same job […]