Carpet and Flooring Reviews - Empire Today
A leading provider of installed home improvements and home furnishings for over 50 years in over 45 major metropolitan areas across the United States. Empire Today Customer Service Team is there to assist every customer - they want to hear when customers are happy and they want to hear if there are any concerns that need to be addressed. Prior to posting on this site, please contact a member of their Customer Service Team directly first, they can be reached by calling 800-588-2300 or by emailing customersupport @ empiretoday.com. The company is a Shop-At-Home retailer offering quality, name-brand Carpet, Flooring and Window Treatments, fully installed pricing, a Low Price Guarantee, Professional Next Day Installation on many of its products and Financing With Approved Credit. Each purchase comes with an Installation Warranty along with a Manufacturer Product Warranty.
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Empire Today in Annapolis, Maryland - Do Not Buy American Dream Laminate Flooring From Empire, LLC
This is an inferior floor that will get damage with regular cleaning and then Empire will blame the consumer. Not to mention the damage done when liquid is spilled, even when cleaned up right away. If the liquid gets between the joints the floor will get damaged. Don't believe the claim that the floor is scratch resistant either. If you are looking at this type of flooring, please read my story below: We had Empire install American Dream, Cherry Double Plank by QuickStep on 7/31/08. Our salesman, Jim, said he also had the same floor (but different color) and even though he had dogs and kids that the floor looked the same as it did the day it was installed. I had ruined the existing laminate flooring in the house by using the steam cleaner on it. It never warped but dulled the finish. The previous owners had 3 dogs and the floors didn't show any scratching. We replaced the flooring in the sunroom, kitchen, dining room, laundry room and half bath. Jim said the American Dream is scratch resistant but this floor is not scratch resistant and not water resistant as he also claimed. Each location shows scratching and warping. We originally called this company out because I wanted wood flooring to replace the already existing laminate flooring. Jim said the American Dream brand was soaked in water for at least 5 days and showed no signs of warping or any other damage. Liquid gets in between crevices and product warps right after any liquid is cleaned up right away! He also stated he has this brand in his own home and has big dogs, claiming the floor stands up to dog nails. Not only does it not stand up to dog nails, but it can't even stand up to dust under such things as laundry baskets and garbage cans. In February the local Empire branch had their inspector come out and the result was a report of "normal wear and tear." A man named Virgil called and we were told that we could have a discount to replace the laundry room floor, which at the time had the worst scratching from laundry baskets. We did not take the offer. Since then the floor in the laundry room has also warped due to moisture from the dryer. The flooring doesn't even stand up to moisture from household humidity. We decided to initially do nothing and accept that we had bought a substandard product. However, by August 2009 we had changed our mind about doing nothing. More scratching and more swelling had occurred and we have never seen such "wear and tear" on a flooring product. Calling the company didn't produce anything. On two seperate occasions they said they would send an independent inspector out but no one ever came out. We filed a BBB complaint and came to no resolution. Through this process we did get an independent inspector to come out on December 3rd and we had over 40 spots on the floor marked where the swelling has occurred. We question the independent title since Empire contacted them and they even submitted the report through Empire. The inspector came to the conclusion that the "joint swelling results from topical moisture penetration of the joint causing the core to swell." According to a letter we received two days ago from Empire the local cause is due to "over wetting during cleaning" and they consider our complaint closed. According to another consumer complaint Empire came back out and installed a floor that would "resist topical moisture". According to that consumer it was not QuickStep. They also sealed the "underneath flooring so there would be no more damage to the joints from moisture." Not only are they not acknowledging a similar complaint, they are blaming us for the damage to their inferior floor that cannot even withstand cleaning, much less normal household use by a family of four!!! We were told by the salesman how to clean the laminate and not to use the steamer. He told us he cleans his American Dream floor with a mixture of water and vinegar and a flat cloth mop. Now I am being told that the swelling is caused by how I clean this floor. Again, the salesman also told us that the American Dream was soaked in water for 5 days and there was no damage to the flooring. I find damage occurs to this floor when my child spills milk at dinner and it is cleaned up immediately. This company has lied to us and now is blaming us for damage to this floor. Their independent inspector has shown that this floor cannot even withstand cleaning. This is unacceptable. I will be filing a dispute report with GE Money on the balance of this laminate floor. The next step with BBB is arbitration. My husband and I are afraid that the arbitrator will also be in Empire's back pocket. But this will have to be a risk we need to take.
Empire Today in Los Angeles, California - Scheduled an appointment twice and Empire was a no show.
I scheduled an appointment to get an estimate for wood laminate flooring. Empire scheduled me between 3:00-6:00pm. I waited until 8:00pm and they never showed up. I submitted an email to Empire web site stating my disappointment with their service. I received a call the very next morning from a supervisor. She was very apologetic and explained the there was some confusion with the scheduling. She told me if I would give Empire another chance they would show me that they are professionals. She would also give me a discount. So I agreed to schedule another appointment. She scheduled me for this Friday between the hours of 6:00-8:00 pm. I rushed home after work and waited until 8:15 and no one called me to say that they were unable to meet me. They were again a no show. I will not recommend Empire to anyone.
Empire Today in Los Angeles, California - Empire Carpet
Seems like a good company but triple, triple the quotes we got elsewhere. The sales guy said he was giving the family discount only if we booked right away. Says he understood our situation. Not sure what he was talking about at all, just standard sales tactics. For instance just before he completed the quote he talked about another job that was triple and he would not charge us that much as though we were best friends. Stinks that they spend almost three hours of your time to give you a quote that is outrageous. They are good if you want to pay the most and get the work done the next day.
Empire Today in Baltimore, Maryland - Empire did horrible job on my stairs
In 2/2009 I had purchased carpet from Empire & had it installed. Three installers showed up with only one that spoke or understood English. That one left to do another job and left two installers that were unable to communicate with us. I complained about the job on the sides of my stairs, which went without attention due to them not understanding my concerns. I called and Empire had a supervisor come out who hot-glued the pieces together. It looked like a pre-school did a project on my steps. I complained to corporate and asked they send a new person trained to do this. They sent the original installer who did not move the pile as he installed it so you can see each nail. I complained again. They had an inspector come out in November 2009 who reported a poor quality of work. He promised Empire would send new people out who are trained to do the job correctly. On 12/2/09 they sent the supervisor who hot-glued my carpet. I did not let him in and called to complain. Empire promised to send the inspector out who is qualified and experienced in this type of installation. On 12/9/09 they sent 3 installers who were not the inspector. I did not let them in and have spent over 40 minutes on the phone attempting to reach a supervisor. I strongly recommend checking references of the company before you sign on the dotted line. This was my first time buying carpet and it has been a horrible experience. I would rather my carpet look like a crime scene then pay money to be mis-treated by a company.
Empire Today in New York, New York - EMPIRE CARPET Overpriced/Low Quality Carpet
I just bought a house and I wanted to get quotes from 3 different places before I made a decision. The first 2 places were both local "mom and pop" type carpet stores. One was $3500, which seemed too high, and the second one told me $2350. I decided to get the last quote from Empire, since they always say "60% off" and that they match any price. The whole experience was a disaster. They said they'd be there between 11am and 1pm, and no-show by 1:30---I was annoyed. Called the 800# and they said the Sales Rep came at 11:00am and no one let them in. Hello??? How about calling the 2 contact numbers that I provided? So that was a waste of 3 hours waiting for nothing. I rescheduled to have them come back at 6pm. The sales rep had 3 samples, which he referred to as good, better and best. Well, even his best one was still a lousy quality. It was worse than the cheapest stuff at the local place! Also, he would not give a price "per square yard" which is how carpet is priced and measured everywhere else. I kept pressing for it, and he would only say "Empire believes in giving one price for the whole job. This includes tack strips, padding, labor, tax, etc. and the price won't change." Well, that's great, but why can't you break it down and tell me the price of each individual part of the job? Anyway...in the end, he quoted $4500 for the job, and that wasn't even the nicest carpet. SO OVERPRICED!! That's almost twice as much as the place I ended up using. Don't use them! He probably didn't know I already had other quotes, he kept saying how Empire was SO much lower priced than everywhere else. You could also tell just by touching that the carpet was poor quality. Not enough color choices either. No way!
Empire Today in Milwaukee, Wisconsin - Empire Carpet Poor Service
Just had carpet installed from Empire and it has been a terrible experience. The first installation crew was less than professional and only one guy spoke broken English. They damaged a heat vent by severely bending it in with their stretcher and then claimed it was like that when they got there. They tried bending it back and anyone knows bent metal cannot be returned to its original smooth finish. It will have to be replaced The upper hallway was pieced together in three pieces which I was never told would be done. They cut the carpet around the mantel when I specifically asked that it be placed underneath it. There was a gap between the carpet and the mantel. They left a mess in the hallway and never put the furniture back as I was promised. I thought they were taking their tools out to the truck and were coming back in to move the furniture but they just left. I had a second crew here yesterday to fix the carpet where there was a gap by the mantel. The customer service rep told me they would replace the whole strip since that is where the seam is and they would only need a strip 4' x 20' and it was from the same roll so it would match. When the crew got here they said they couldn't guarantee the color would match and that the seam may not meld well since the carpet had been in place for 3 days. I told him it really hadn't been walked on in that area and he said it didn't matter. I didn't want to take the chance that the color wouldn't match so they stretched the carpet by the mantel to eliminate the gap. The carpet does look better, however the guy took several gouges out of the oak mantel with the tool he used to tuck the carpet edges back under the trim and the mantel. I called customer service and now they need to send someone out to repair the mantel. The second crew knew nothing about the carpet in the hallway being replaced so after talking with customer service again yesterday I am now waiting today for yet a third crew to arrive and replace the piecemeal job in the hallway. The customer service rep guaranteed that I would be the first appointment of the day and it is 11:00 and they haven't arrived. I called the general customer service number to find out where they are. After being on hold she told me that the driver left his phone at home and she couldn't get in contact with him (how did she know he left his phone at home if he didn't have a phone to let her know that?). I am tempted if/when they show up to tell them to just go away as I am worried what they might damaged today. I think it is ridiculous it has taken 3 appointments and things still may not be right. In addition I have to schedule to have a furniture repair company come out to fix the mantel. I would recommend anyone considering new carpet stay away from Empire unless you have a ton of free time to sit around waiting for them to keep coming back, trying to get it right. Needless to say, I will never use Empire again.
Empire Today in Norwalk, Iowa - Terrible Service from Empire
We had carpeting installed in our living room yesterday. The employees could hardly comminicate in english. They damaged a heat vent by pushing their strecher up against it and bending it inward and then claimed it was like that when they came. They also cut the carpeting around the fire place mantel when I specifically requested it go underneath the mantel. I was mad and didn't sign off on the work and they would not leave a copy of the invoice for me. They left a mess in the foyer and didn't put the furniture back before leaving as I was promised. I would never use them again!
Empire Today in Washington, District Of Columbia - Very Poor Work
Empire Today Carpets commerical has the gentleman with the kind voice made me think that I would be getting good, professional, quality service. What a disappointment. They sent 2 Hispanics - 1 who barely understood and the other not at all. The installation was so awful. I'm still waiting for the misstakes to be fixed. The idiots put nails into the floor boards that are visible and the boards are spaced and I noticed them tearing the underlayment in somes places. My advice to you is in considering this company's poor standard to you is - DON'T DO IT!
Empire Today Sucks -- Follow Up to 10/26
I was making enough noise about my *** carpet that finally "Helen" from Empire Corporate Office contacted me. I remember reading the name "Helen" in several other complaints about Empire. They probably have a room full of "Helens" sitting on their 800 number that say they work for Corporate Office. I did what she said I had to and allowed a third-party (at Empire's choosing) to come and inspect my carpet. Three weeks later, after my phone calls to Empire, Helen called me back today and read me the report. The inspector supposedly said that the carpet is wearing normally -- I told her that it is not normal for a 15 month old carpet to have dark trails where you walk -- and the inspector had agreed with me while he was here. I told her I knew the dude was an employee of Empire Today -- she says he is not. If he isn't, he must be paid by Empire Today to say one thing to me and put another thing in their reports. Empire sells such *** that he probably makes a very good living inspecting their lousy products. I am really po'd -- Empire has not heard the last from me.
Empire Today in Camden, New Jersey - Ripped off by Empire
Good thing I did my research first before I had Empire come out and give me a quote. On 11/13/09, Empire rep came out to give me a quote on a room apprx. 10 x 10, well to my surprise the quote was almost $700.00, well I almost died... I did show the rep my quote from another carpet dealer in the area for only $380.00. I asked to see of he could match that quote and he said he had to check with his boss.. well after 2hrs. he did call back to say he could match... but was unable to come back to my home to do the paperwork... I can't believe that they could of taken advantage of me for $700.00. I did not know what a bad reputation they have, well I have nothing good to say about them anymore, and I plan on filing a complaint. We the public shoukd not be taken advantage of.
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