Carpet maintenance is a necessity for occupant health. However, homeowners need to recognize bait and switch carpet cleaning scams before contacting a professional. Tacoma is rampant with these schemes that target unsuspecting homeowners.
How Do Bait and Switch Carpet Cleaning Scams Work?
These scams advertise a certain price in local ads. However, once in your home and performing a pre-cleaning assessment, they’ll add one surcharge after another.
This may, for instance, include extra costs for chemicals or “special” cleaning agents. Another dirty trick is that they advertise a cost for cleaning a single room. When the job is complete, they’ll charge you for additional rooms, citing that the closet or foyer counts as a separate room. They may also charge higher prices for certain demographics, such as elderly homeowners, who are less likely to dispute the cost.
How to Identify These Scams?
If the price sounds too good to be true, then it probably is. It’s a cliché, but this definitely applies to carpet cleaning scams. A legitimate service isn’t going to clean your entire living room carpet for a fixed $19.99 plus tax.
Another giveaway sign is if the cleaner tries to push various upsells upon arrival. This is the sign that the cleaner is paid on commission and will try to get you to agree to additional add-ons to pad the final bill.
Finally, companies should always quote a price based on square-footage instead of a fixed price per room. Reputable services can’t set a fixed price per room since room sizes can differ substantially.
We Restore Your Carpet Without Dirty Sale Tricks
Rick’s Family Carpet Care cleans carpets, upholstery, and tiles. For any of these services, we give you a quote upon room inspection. You can be confident that’s the final price without slimy upsells or misleading advertising. Bait and switch carpet cleaning scams are all too common in Tacoma; don’t fall for them.
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