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 Norfolk, Virginia - Empire Flooring Free Home Estimate--Worst experience I have ever had.
I HAD AN EMPIRE CARPET REPRESENTATIVE COME TO MY HOME TO DO AN ESTIMATE ON WOOD FLOORING AND NEVER HAVE I BEEN MORE DISRESPECTED IN MY LIFE ONLY TO NOT EVEN RECIEVE AN ESTIMATE ON THE COSTS OF DOING MY HOME. I AM A YOUNG HOMEOWNER WHO WAS REPEATEDLY ASKED WHERE THE OWNER OF MY HOME WAS, HE REFERED TO ME AS PRETTY LADY AND TOLD ME WHAT WE WOULD BE DOING IF I WAS IN NEW ORLEANS WITH HIM, HE WASHED HIS FACE IN MY KITCHEN SINK AND USED MY BATHROOM, HE TOLD ME THAT I SHOULDN'T GET WOOD FLOORING THAT IT WAS *** BECAUSE I SHOULDNT PUT ANYMORE MONEY INTO MY HOUSE BECAUSE I COULD NEVER CONVINCE HIM TO BUY IT OR ANYONE ELSE. I SHOULD HAVE KICKED HIM OUT OF MY HOUSE LONG BEFORE BUT AFTER 2 HOURS OF THIS I JUST WANTED TO GET MY QUOTE. HE CONTINUED TO HAGGLE ME ABOUT MAKING A DECISION "TODAY" RATHER THAN DISCUSSING THEIR FLOORING,WARRANTIES AND FINANCING, ETC. WHEN I TOLD HIM THAT I WAS NOT RUSHING INTO A DECISION TODAY HE GAVE ME A BOGUS QUOTE AND WOULD NO LONGER SPEAK WITH ME. HE TOLD ME FOR MY CONDO THAT IT WOULD BE $6,000 WHEN I ASKED HIM FOR 3 DIFFERENT QUOTES 2 BEING LAMINATE THE 3RD BEING HARDWOOD (BUT FOR SOME REASON IT WAS THE SAME PRICE FOR ALL 3). HE THEN WALKED OUT OF MY HOUSE DIDN'T ANSWER MY QUESTIONS WHICH I WAS ASKING HIM AS HE WAS WALKING OUT OF MY HOUSE. I DON'T KNOW IF HE THOUGHT HE WAS WASTING HIS TIME OR IF HE WAS UPSET ABOUT THE FACT THAT I, A YOUNG FEMALE, AM SUCCESSFUL BUT HE IS AN *** BECAUSE I AM GETTING WOOD FLOORING DONE IN MY HOME, NOT TO MENTION I WORK IN THE REAL ESTATE INDUSTRY AND COULD HAVE REFERRED EMPIRE OUT BUT IN NO WAY WILL I EVER REFER THEM TO ANY OF MY FRIENDS OR FAMILY. I CANNOT IMAGINE WHY ANYONE WOULD HIRE THIS MAN TO WORK AS A REPRESENTATIVE FOR THEIR COMPANY.
Empire Today is overpriced
I scheduled an appointment with Empire Today and I found that they are *** expensive. Their original price to install laminate floors on 680 square feet, was $10,000. With their "generous" 60% off sale, the price was knocked down to $7,500...but still, 7,500? calculating 10% waste, that's $10 per square foot! I could get marble installed for that price. I felt this was outrageous, I talked the salesman down to 5k, but that was as low as he would go. I thought about it for a while and agreed, based on the fact that the quality of the flooring seemed to be good and they gave a 30 year warranty. Then the salesperson encouraged me to lie about my income so that I would be eliigable for enough credit to cover the cost of the job. After that, the salesman really was rushing me to schedule the installation. I live in an apartment and I can't make modifications to my home unless I have approval from the condominium association and I explained this to the salespreson several times, but he was insistant that I schedule the installation right then and there and did not really seem to care about this. Once the salesman left, things just did not feel right. Thankfully, as a purchaser, you have three days to exercise your right to cancel the job. I thought about all of the red flags that seemed to pop up during this process and talked it over with my wife and we felt like the whole operation was very shady and over priced and we canceled. After reading the other comments on this thread, I am very glad that I did not go with Empire Today and will go with a local contractor.
Empire Today in Edison, New Jersey - Warning: Empire Carpeting
Installers did not live up to promises made by salesman to do one room at a time. Tore apart my home,damaged walls & baseboard, dropped and broke a television. Rude attitude, poor or no English spoken. Certainly no relation to the warm and fuzzy gentlemen featured on thier commericials. Only after series of complaint calls did anyone return to complete installation in my closets, as originally contracted. Carpet quality is less than promised. Fuzz continued to come up & clog my vacuum for more months than ever experienced before. I paid for extra padding, which was not worth the expense. Hard to see any difference between the standard and more costly. Hope to discourage others from falling for their line of bull.
Empire Today in Middletown, New York - Empire carpet installed very poor quality carpet
Just a little back round on our environment. My wife and I live alone [ with a dog who joined the family about 4 months before the reported problem in a 3000 plus square foot home. Our home is very clean with professional cleaners every week. We have lived in our home for 32 years it has be updated on numerous occasions. W have re-carpeted more times then I care to think about and never had any problems Our air conditions systems (4) are all equipped with hepa filters, we are clean freaks and our combined weight is less than 300 lbs. My wife weighs a 100 lbs and I'm about 170. I work full time. The point is that our home does not get an extraordinary amount of traffic. I had Empire Carpet install Berber carpet install in two large rooms and in our halls and staircase. After a short period (18 months) of time the carpet showed wear on the edges of our steps (there are two stair cases) [ all the traffic is not on only one stair case] and the loops were pulling out. Some were even under the lip of the stairs. We called Empire and they sent an "independent" inspector. (the fact that he was a sales person for their largest competitor in my mind did not make him independent). In his report he made general observations of various of the homes mechanical systems and other thing that were for the most part inaccurate. He also did not mention that at all entrances to the home(4) there were multiply industrial mats inside and outside to minimize soil coming into the home. In the winter we actually have runners by the entrance doors over the hardwood floors that collect most of the soil before you even hit the carpeted sections He determined that the carpet was not cleaned enough and the cleaning would raise the matted pile. The very light colored carpet showed no sign of soiling. We also were not informed that the carpet should be cleaned every year when we purchased it. He also determined that my dog is having an adverse affect on the carpet. Again I was not informed that "pets" could not be in a home when this carpet is used. We also showed him other rooms that have 10 year old Berber carpet that is just as light of color and it shows no loops pulled out and no "matting". He had no comment. I feel that the carpet is of very inferior quality and the refuse to stand behind. I asked them to revisit the issue and they refused. I was a big fan of Empire as the initial sales and installation process was very pleasant. I actually mentioned it to quit a few of my friend and associates but I now regret that.
Empire Today in Charlotte, North Carolina - Sorry to all and thanks in advance
My wife and I were just going out to buy a rug from Empire when we ran across this site trying to get an address to the closest store. After reading each complaint, there is no way we're going to Empire. Thanks to all who took the time to share their experience and warn others of the dangers ahead. I would have to say we were shocked to read the types of wrong doings that were going on and truely sorry that each of you had to suffer with an experience of a truely poor, cheap, and unprofessional company.
Empire Today in Highland Township, Michigan - Will not give money back!!!
After giving Empire $200. deposit on a order in which the sales guy said I would have 3 days to cancel I cancled in 2 days. When I called to cancel they said they would apply the $200. back on my charge card. A week went by no $200< I called back and they said they made a error and they would apply my $200. Another week has gone by which I have called back twice and just more run around. I have contacted my credit card company and they said they will go after Empire for my money back. Empire is a rip off company. I hope that old guy chokes on my $200
Empire Today in Bay Shore, New York - Empire's unprofessional sales consultants
I had an Empire sales consultant come to my home to give me their free in-home, no obligation estimate. The woman showed up late, she pushed me to make a decision on agreeing to sign up for the installation. While she was figuring out the final estimate, my husband walks in the front door, and I quickly told him the estimate. He said he wanted to think about that estimate. So I said to the sales woman that my husband likes to think things over before he purchases anything. Before my husband walked in the door, I was home alone with my 4 children. The sales woman says to me with an attitude, " I don't have that kind of a problem because I have a job!" This *** had no idea if I had a job or not. Then she failed to tell me that I had 30 days to sit on the estimate. She tried to talk me into signing up for the installation and said that I had 3 days to cancel. She left me with no quote, told me it costs Empire to send her out for additional visits and that the consultants work on commissions only! This was the most unprofessional sales consultant I have ever dealt with! I will never deal with this sneaky company again!
Empire Today in Farmington, Michigan - Beware Empire Carpet Inflated Measurements
My wife and I decided to get new carpet in the home that we recently moved in to. We called empire for an estimate and scheduled an appointment for 3-5 pm. They never showed so we called them to see what's going on. They said they are running behind and they could be there around 9pm. I just canceled because I had to work in the morning. Months later we decide to try again. This time the salesman was on time. He took what seemed to be very fast and inacurate measurements and did not even write all of them down. When we sat down to discuss pricing, he said we have 1700 sq feet and that it would cost $6000. He then said let me make a phone call and get the price lowered for you. After his phone call he quoted us $4400. For the mid grade carpet. He also tried to talk us out of getting the premium grade carpet. We decided to get a second opinion from home depot. I told home depot what empire quoted me and they said that I should do my own measuring. I measured and came up with 1250 sq ft!! That's a 450 sq ft difference. After calculating in a Premium carpet, padding and install, home depot came out about the same price. Home depot will also be sending out a company that specializes in measuring and they assured me they will take very accurate measurements. Also, when I asked the Empire salesmen how many sq feet our staircase was he could not give me a staight answer. He said that you can't measure stairs in sq ft. When I asked home depot about this, she said that thats not true and she would not lie to me because she does not get commission. The Empire salemen also had a strong odor of alcohol that both me and my wife noticed.
Empire Today in Columbus, Ohio - Empire Flooring can't get job done right
Paid $5000 to have ceramic tile floor installed over 400sq. ft. Within one month the floor was coming loose, grout cracking. Came back to install floor. They stuffed wood with nails down my vents, grout on walls and wood trim, killed parts of my front yard and used my side yard as a waste site from buckets. Do not fall for the sales pitch. They are not the best. Broken piece of tile used to install in closet, and on and on. Don't expect them to clean up after themselves. I will be happy to talk to anyone about it.
Empire Today in Boston, Massachusetts - Fraudulent Quote â€“ Square Footage Outrageous
I had to replace the carpet in the hallways/staircase of a three story three family in Boston. I had used Empire before, so gave them a call and got an estimate. The price was $4.53 per sq. ft. installed. To say that the salesperson was incompetent would be generous. He had to measure everything three times, could not do simple calculations. He made so many mistakes on the order crossing things out two and three times that it was unreadable. He told me that I had to put down a third of the total cost because it was a special order and would take 10-14 days to get the carpet. Then in the next breath said that it could be installed the next day. Came up with an estimate of $3,692 based and 774.26 sq ft. I said that seemed high. He said: no, and that this was a big area. I asked if there was an additional labor charges since this was a staircase. He re-iterated: no, it's a flat fee. I agreed to remove and dispose of the old carpet to save $200. He called the office and the lowered price for $3,001 was agreed upon. When I ripped up the carpet I looked at them and concluded that there was no way that this was close to 800 sq ft. I measured it and came out with 304 sq ft. I am an architect with 30 yrs experience and an expert in this area. I had a third person measure it and he came up with 305 sq ft. Granted it was a staircase with more waste than normal, but over150%. I called the office and complained. A manager came out and first he said was that in the order was written for 680 sq. ft., not the original 774.26 sq. ft. that the basis for the quote. He also confirmed that the price included installation and that there was not a separate labor charge. When I asked why there was no adjustment and that the price still reflected the original 774.26 sq. ft. he had no answer. He also confirmed that it was in stock. No one has ever explained why I had put up $1,000 deposit instead of the standard $25. A question that remains unanswered to this day. He measured and came up with 502 sq. ft. Not sure how using the same equation they came up with three different sizes for the same square footage of floor space. He told me that he would give me a $500 credit. I said OK and the installation was scheduled for the next day. I really didn't have much of a choice, as I stood to lose the $1,000 deposit. The installers arrived with the work order where the price was still $3,001. There also was a note to call after the work was done. When I told them that this is not the right price, they called to the office before they started, but the manager didn't want to talk. I took the phone and reminded that we agreed to lower price by at least $500. He answered that he would discuss the final price after installation. The installers installed and I called to manager again. This time, he said the bill was $2,800. I reminded him again that he had agreed to a $500 credit from the $3001. He denied that he had ever having agreed to that. Among the scrap was a single piece 12ft x 6ft =72 sq.ft and I tried to get a credit for it. I tried to pay for 430 sq ft instead the 502 sq. ft. (502-72=430), the amount actually installed plus waste. He said: no. So I said that I would pay for every sq in that was in the truck. I took out my calculator and computed: $4.53 x 502 sq.ft + 5% (taxes)= $2,387.76. He said: no, that $2,601 was the best he could do. I reminded him that the contract was for $4.53 per sq. ft. for 502 sq.ft. not for 545 sq.ft. (There was a total 502 sq. ft. of carpet in the truck). I still questioned the 58% waste (based on 502 sq, ft., not the 545 sq. ft. that I was charged for), but have decided to drop it He pretty much demanded the new higher price even though he could offer no explanation as to how he came to that price. He also told me that I had to pay it since it had already been installed even hough the new higher price had never been discussed. So, I paid $2, 601. Very expensive carpet for the 305 sq. ft. of floor space!
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