You know you want something that will look good, feel great and stay as good looking as the day you bought it. Everything starts out simple, until you visit the local home center or carpet store. Suddenly, things become complicated.

With so many designs, materials and colors available, it can be difficult to choose the right carpet for your home.

This week, we’d like to share with you some tips to help you shop for the best carpet type. Here are some of them.

Maintenance requirement

One of the best ways to ensure that your carpet will still look good in the years to come is to select one that you can maintain easily.

Before you commit to buy, we suggest that you ask the salesperson about cleaning and maintenance requirements.

Level of traffic

When choosing a carpet for your home, you should also take the level of traffic into consideration.  Mind you, the more your carpet will be walked across, the more danger of stains, spills and tracked-in dirt. If you have kids or pets, you’ll need carpet with high stain resistance.

For hallways, living rooms and family rooms, patterned carpets are your best bet. They’ll look good, even in darker rooms, and does not show stains as badly as compared to solid color carpets.

Consider your budget

You don’t need to blow your budget just to get a luxurious carpet. Feel free to shop around and explore different materials in order to find the right carpet that would match your budget and lifestyle. Just because it’s expensive, doesn’t mean it’s of high quality. Watch out for carpets for pricey carpets, but are made with low quality materials.

It is also a good idea to ask for a separate quote for materials and installation. This way, it would be easier for you to compare prices offered by each supplier.