Melrose Park, Illinois
United States - 60164
If you have flooring needs, I plead that you never do business with empire today. Their prices are ridiculou...
Empure Carpet came to our home and measured the carpet. We purchased the carpet after the salesman reasurred us repeatedly that they move furniture and boxes and the warranty covers pet stains( we have a puppy). Empire arrived and their crew (two people) said they do not move furniture and carpet and pet stains are not covered. They left the job saying they were going to cancel the job leaving exposed tack strip all over the steps. It was disgraceful and harmful to my family. Our house was a mess and left disheveled while we ordered new carpet from another company and had to wait over two weeks to get the carpet. Empire claims their salepeople don't work for them and are independent contractors. Beware. In my opinion, this company is running a huge scam.
When I decided to get laminate flooring from empire carpet in 2003, three different salesmen from that company came to my home and gave me three different prices on the same living room floor for the same product. I ended up having to hire an attorney for over $2,500.00, which I'm still paying off the loan for the attorney, and I ended up having to still pay the switch and bait price for the laminate floor even though the attorney charged Empire carpet with 21 counts of not being fair. The floor was supposed to cost me $1100.00. The final charge was $2600.00. I ended up paying $1300.00, plus the attorney fees.
They attorney didn't want to pursue the case and the case was dismissed. The attorney told me I had won my case, but I felt like I 'd gotten the bad end of the stick, because three different salesmen from Empire carpet came into my home and lied to me about the price of the job for the lainmate floor.
Because of Empire carpet, I'll Never trust salesmen in my home, ever AGAIN. Empire carpet has no RESPECT for the consumers or WOMEN that are head of their household. Thank you Empire carpet for teaching me never to trust home products salesmen in my home ever again.
i had empire today install new carpet a few months back. the salesman measured the rooms and claimed i needed 160 yards of carpet. at a price of over $6000.00 .After feeling i got ripped off i checked the installers receipt and discovered they only installed 120 yards of carpet. after a few days of runaround the empire today salesman admitted the mistake and refunded me the overcharge. since then i have had carpet put in other parts of the house by other companies and they could have done the job empire today did for 2500.00 less. if you already used empire today check your work orders and look for any measument"mistakes" .i'm sure the salseman work on commission
I had flooring from Empire installed in my house in October 2005. Biggest mistake of my life.
The first day they were there, not only did Empire not finish the job, but they tried to get my contractor and his employees who were there installing a new ceiling, to help them carry their materials upstairs and asked them to finish the job, rehang closet doors and put down the trim. Empire also did not dispose of the old carpeting as we had agreed.
I had my contractor dispose of the carpeting and when I called Empire to complain, I received a credit for that and they said they would send someone out the following day to finish the job that I was paying them to do. Big mistake once again. One of the 2 Empire installers used my bathroom w/o asking and backed up the toilet. I was sitting downstairs doing some work on the computer and water started pouring through the ceiling lights and the brand new ceiling that had just been installed a few days before. I ran upstairs and opened the bathroom door to find the woman trying to sop up the water with towels. She didn't call for help. She didn't turn off the water. Nothing. When I asked what happened, she said the tank started overflowing. This is virtually impossible and the plumber I called that day confirmed for me that there was nothing wrong with my toilet. Also, the other Empire installer she was working with claimed to be a plumber and gave me his number to call to come back and fix it. I was in shock to say the least.
Anyway, I spent about a year trying to get in touch with someone at Empire who could help m. Every time I spoke with customer Service I was transferred to someone's voicemail and never got a call back. When I finally did get in touch with someone who was helpful in the NJ installation office, she put me in touch with someone who could help, Sam, also located in the south Jersey installation office. After speaking with him several times, he told me he was going to contact the installers insurance company to resolve this matter. To the best of my knowledge this was never done. I have tried since to reach Sam and he has not returned my calls.
DO NOT USE EMPIRE UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES!!! I also found out later that Empire caused substantial damage to my neighbor's new drywall when carpeting was installed on her stairs.
We mistakenly called Empire Today to install new carpet in our 1800 sq ft home before we moved in. The installation must have been done by blind monkeys: there was no pad on the stairs, and at various places in the house, the carpet pulled up in the middle of the room, there were seams right in front of the front door, there were no Z-bars between bathroom tile and the carpets so you could see the edge of the tile, etc, etc. Their installers and foremen made 3 or 4 trips to inspect, all shook their heads in disbelief at how this could have happened (except the one formeman who asked: why do you want a Z-bar there?). They offered to repair it (impossible) and finally said they would replace it. Meanwhile, we discovered that we had been charged twice as much as any other place AND the "Shaw" carpet was indeed made by Shaw but was the most inferior generic product they do make, not the "high-end, top-of-the-line carpet " we thought we were getting for $8000. We insisted they take it out and refund our money. They stalled and wouldn't return our calls. They then sent out 2 guys at 8:00 Saturday morning without informing us to replace the carpet! - mind you, this is the whole house with heavy bookshelves, furniture,bds, desks, etc to move around while these idiots "replace " it. We sent them away and have insisted they take their carpet and refund us our money. They are still insisting that the carpet is top of the line which is a lie. It was our stupidity to use them without shopping around, but they are crooks who lie. We are not paying and filing a claim against them and a dispute with GE.
I purchased Empire Floors for hardwood and carpet for my home.
After initial problems, (like the lead person talking on his cell phone all day about how there was a warrant out for his arrest), the hardwood floor was installed. It seemed fine. Then four months after the installation, the nightmare began. A toilet in the house malfunctioned and flooded most of the upstairs area and the hardwood floors had to be removed. Well....the hardwood floors was glued directly to the subfloor (Plywood) without any underpayment. Of course the hardwood floor would not come off easily and so the subfloor has to be removed where big pieces of the subflooring broke away.
What could have been an easy replace has been a construction issue and one that has to be figured out how best to replace the subflooring so the house does not become structurally weak and fall down!
I, too, had a man from Empire Carpet come to my home to measure and give me a free estimate for new carpet...
On 9/13/07, a Empire sale rep visited my newly purchased home in an effort to offer a free estimate in the hopes of possibly making a purchase. The rep, upon entering the home presented body language as if he knew he would not make a sale that day. And, why waste my time. I do believe he came to this conclusion based on the neighborhood in Brooklyn, NY. ALSO, i FIRST TOLD HIM I WAS A RENTER. We began discussing what my needs were. He immediately told me, "we only have one type of wood-and it is the highest price", he went on further to say"laminate or carpet may be better as it is the least expensive". I questioned how much would the hard wood floor... cost. He then took i guess what was a measurement that arrived at 80sq. ft., and quoted a price at over $2500. He then went on to say well the traffic, and who would be walking on a daily basis-along with looking and judging my weight(180)might not be such a good purchase. At no time did he offer the pay later deal as advertised. I was told that my credit would be checked at the time of estimate-he did nothing. I believe he assumed my credit would not go through, although it is 725. BASICALLY IN A NUT SHELL THIS IS WHAT HAPPENED WITH MY EXPERIENCE. SO PLEASE DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME WITH THESE PEOPLE, ESPECIALLY IF YOU ARE IN CERTAIN NEIGHBORHOODS. THEY WILL NOW OFFER THEIR FULL PROFESSIONALISM. THEY WILL JUDGE YOU BASED ON RACE AND LOCATION. THIS IS TRULY WHAT I FEEL HAPPENED IN THIS CASE. HE OFFERED HIS APOLOGIES, BUT FOR WHAT. HE COULD HAVE MADE A CASH SALE WITH THE CORRECT MEASUREMENTS...
This complaint is about a $50 service charge that Empire Today has attempted to collect from me for warranty work. While their customer service department has attempted to help and agrees that the charge was levied in error, the accounting department continues to ignore their communications, does not communicate with me, and has sent my balance to a collection agency. Empire alleges that when I called them to schedule warranty work (there is no dispute that the mini-blinds were still under warranty), they informed me that there would be a $50 service charge. I disagree. Furthermore, when the serviceman came to my home and repaired the blinds, he signed a "Certificate of Completion" that said I owed, $0.00. Lastly, I had warranty work done on the blinds a few months earlier, and the charge then was also $0.00.
I have now filed an official complaint with the New York State Consumer Protection board.
I had read of complaints about Empire, but did business with them anyway, because I was homebound for many months with sick infant twins, one on oxygen 24x7, and I needed a window covering for their room. I could not get out of the house to shop, nor could I install a product myself. In hindsight, I should have called some other shop-at-home, install-it-for-you company.
Empire installed carpet in our home two years ago. We immediately noticed an inordinate amount of shedding, so we called Empire. They said that this was normal and that it would stop after a short time. The shedding continued - fuzz balls rolled up as we walked across the carpet and the vacuum cleaner got clogged every time we used it. So, we thought, maybe this vacuum is old, we'll buy a new one. So we bought a brand new Hoover. The problem continued. The vacuum clogged and stopped working every time we used it. We would lift it up off the floor and balls of carpet fuzz would fly out. We called Empire and they sent out one of their "inspectors" who submitted a report stating that there was nothing wrong with the carpet. So we took the vacuum back (JC Penney was very cooperative - thank you, JC Penney!) and we exchanged it for a more expensive Hoover. This didn't change a thing - same problem, same clog, same carpet fuzz balls. So we think, maybe it's the Hoover brand (not so, sorry Hoover) and we bought an Oreck vacuum. No change. At this point not only have we been vacuuming, but Stanley Steamer (good company!) has cleaned the carpet twice. So we call Empire again - again they send out an "inspector" who submits a report stating that there is nothing wrong with the carpet - it's just all the pet hair on the carpet that's the problem.
The pet hair is there because I can't vacuum my carpets!!! Dogs have lived in this house for 20 years and we have NEVER, EVER, EVER had this problem! I have spoken to Empire and they tell me there is nothing they can do - the "inspectors" report is the "final word." They simply don't care that they have installed an inferior carpet - they got their money and that's obviously all they care about. "Customer satisfaction" my eye.
My parents were looking into changing the carpet in our home to wood. So I was doing a bit of research for them and had different contractors come and give us and estimate for the job. My dad one day so Empire Today Commercial on TV and decided lets give them a call and get a free estimate. So I called Empire up and they sent a representative out that day. So I was thinking wow they have great service. The rep comes and at first is so nice shows us different options, measures the house, plays with our dog etc. So now he gives me a price and it was a lot higher then the other estimates that we received. But he assured us that it is well worth the money because 1.) the material is the best you can get 2.) they only used licensed workers and not subcontractors but EMPIRE licensed workers. So ok, I was thinking that sounds good. Instead of having amateurs come I have licensed workers from Empire. Plus he tells me it will be done in a few hrs, oppose to everyone else saying its a 2 day job. The 2 workers get to my home around 9:00 - 9:30 not in Empire Uniform but in pants and one guy was wearing just shorts. I was like are you guys from Empire? They say yes, so i asked aren't you a sub contractor. He says yes. We don't work for Empire directly we do jobs for them. So im thinking thats exactly why I didn't go with other companies. So they cheated me already but since they already arrived and I moved my furniture I was like lets see the job they do. To make a long story short. They took forever ended at like 9:30 that night took a whole day not a few hrs. Made a huge mess. Did a horrible amateur job. Left with things undone. Jobs already horrible and on top left out the little things. Job is like 90% done. So I call my sales guy and hes like oh what can I do just call customer service and take it up with them. There is nothing i can do. Then I filed multiple complaints on the phone and emailed them. Not a single call or email back. Been 2 months since. What do I do now??
(Empire Flooring, Dallas, Texas) I had a horrible experience with this company, they couldn't come out at my convenience like they promise on their add/commercial. Then when they finally did come out, they promised me professional carpet layers, which these guys were anything but. The team they sent out to lay the carpet laid it in the wrong direction, which caused seams to be very obviously seen. They cut corners, put marks all over my newly painted walls and broke two of my ceramic tiles on my kitchen floor. When I called the main office I was given an apology and promised a new team to come out and correct the problems. They sent the same team out and all they did was hammer on the seams and cut the excess. I was getting a bit angered at this so called fix. I called to speak with a supervisor or manager and explained the whole situation and he assured me all would be corrected. Now the third time another day I had to take off from work to be at home for the arrival of my promised correction. What I received was a man with a clip board agreeing with all that I had to say, took some notes and then went back to the office (no corrections made) and reported the exact opposite he told me and a witness I had present. I waited for a call back or follow up as to what was going to be corrected and heard absolutely nothing. After a week of waiting I called back only to be told everything was done! Well now I am very upset, not to mention I have already paid more than half the bill and been given horrible service and been lied to. I told the man I would have to be forced to take legal action and now all of a sudden he is sending me his very best expert team to replace the carpet and lay it right and assured me no seams would be seen. Since I had to move my own furniture myself along with the help of my friends I was offered monetary compensation (which never happened). A new team (two guys) came out to my house and were there for over 9 hours correcting what should have been done right the first time two months ago! Now keep in mind I have had four visits from someone from this company to my house in a two month time frame. I will never do business with this company again and I wouldn't wish them or this experience on my worst enemy!
I am an average hard working Joe and maybe $3500.00 is chump change to some gifted individuals, but for those of us that have to pretty much shed blood to obtain such a luxury, I expect to get my moneys worth that I worked so hard to get in the first place!
Empire started charging me finance charges two months early on my balance due. When it was brought to their attention through the better business bureau empire said they would correct it through GE. They have not fixed it yet and will not return my calls and emails. I am in Iraq and I don't get many chances to call,and when I do I always get the Answering machine of Charles Whipple [protected]. Charles knows I am in Iraq and I have been since Sept 06, he has ignored me for one year and my credit has been affected. I have no other way to contact him and it is hard for me to pursue this in Iraq. He is a coward and I want him to know I will be home soon and standing in front of him if thats what it takes. Charles Whipple promised me he would fix this a year ago. What else can I do to resolve this if the company Empire and the company GE will not stand by their word. He should be working in the New England area Boston, Mass... Good thing some of us fulfill our commitments...
The sales person came to our home. Showed us six different carpets & asked us to select while he measured two bedrooms. When he returned to the living room my husband ask how much each carpet was. the sales persons reply was "$99 a square yard, but Mr Empire doesn't like him to give out a price before a quote SO LET'S DO IT MY WAY!"
This made my husband so mad he left the house. As a consumer you want to know what you are paying for & how much. He continued to push me to order. I told him I needed to finish painting. He said the installers would mess up the fresh paint so I needed to install right away. When I said I had another company coming the next day and he couldn't fault me for shopping around he said NOBODY could beat his price. The price was another issue all together. He never said anything about padding. When I asked he said "do you think we would install carpet without padding" but he didn't have any samples to show me.
This was a very bad experience & I hope nobody else has to put up with the rudeness.
On 8/1/07 I called Empire Today to have a salesperson come out and give me an estimate for carpeting and hardwood flooring. The customer service rep told me she could send someone out that afternoon - how convenient I thought! When Gary arrived, he came in to the area that I needed wood floor. He measured, and gave me a ridiculous number - $3000.00 for hardwood for a hallway! I haven't checked out other places but I had a whole condo done for a lot less! I told him that I was not expecting that price and he said that my expectations of the cost of wood were not realistic and obviously we weren't going to do business for the hardwood. He proceeded to measure the bedroom for carpet - he then gave me a price of $1000.00. That was $300.00 more than the other estimate I received from a local carpet company. I told him so and he said, "what price were you expecting?" I replied, around $700.00. I asked him the best price and he told me $912.00 including all taxes and an upgraded pad. I wanted to call my finance at work to see if the price was acceptable but Gary told me that he didn't have time to wait for me to talk with my finance and that I could sign the paperwork and cancel within 3 days if my finance didn't like the price/carpet/color. I thought that was fair (what was I thinking?!) and signed the paperwork. Gary left and I called my finance and explained everything - he was furious with how Gary treated me and told me to call him and cancel the order and return my check for $25.00. I called Gary and he told me that I should call the 1-800 number if I wanted to cancel. I told him that he just left 5 minutes ago and I wanted my check back - he hung up on me. My finance called him when he got home from work and told Gary that he wanted the check back and told him that he didn't like his sleazy sales tactics. Gary said - I don't know who this is - stop calling me... later that night, we heard a knock on the door - it was the police - the officer said that my finance threatened Gary and Gary was afraid... trust me - your thinking there must be more to this story - there isn't! My finance never threatened - just told him that he had sleazy sales tactics! I did manage to cancel my order and the rep said that my check would be returned within 10-14 days... I will be calling the BBB. This is a very sleazy company and I feel that I was taken advantage of. I wasn't using my best judgment when I signed those papers. DO NOT USE EMPIRE TODAY!!!
I want to add my story to all the others regarding Empire Today. Steer clear from this company. The salesman tells you anything you want to hear so you'll sign on the dotted line. Their installers actually give you supplies for your installed shower stall "in case you need to recaulk" which actually void the warranty. They do not return calls. My salesman lie has led me to owning a shower stall that i cannot use with certain products he assured me were "no problem" I was LIED to. I have written and called for a year and a half now. I am so frustrated. The one person in the company that was working with me and understood what had happened and was working to release me from my obligation to pay Empire is no longer working for the company. What a surprise!!! Heed my warning and the others... stay away.
In December 2006 I met with an Empire Salesperson to review samples of carpeting during their advertised...
My husband and I requested a free estimate from empire today on 06/27/07. We are pregnant and wanted to have laminate flooring installed throughout our home so our baby would have a nice home to live in once she arrives. The salesman came out the next day to provide our estimate. The estimate was 8 times the amount of an estimate that I received from another company. I told the salesman the price that I was expecting to pay, that we could not afford those kind of prices, and that I was very sorry for wasting his time. He told me that he was "teaching me the facts of life" and that I "was delirious in my thinking to believe that I could get that kind of pricing". I told him that we were done here and asked him to leave. He did not leave; instead, he called his "manager" to tell him about the quote we received (This time it wasn't what he said, it was his tone). I had to leave the room for a moment because I was so disrespected by this salesman in my own home. I came back and told the salesman that "I am not trying to be disrespectful, but you need to leave my home." he still would not leave. Instead, he passively agreed with me as he sat on my couch. I had to leave the room again because I was so angry that he was disrespectful and belittling of my decision and research. Thankfully, my husband was at home and politely escorted him to the door. Yes, I am pregnant; however, I know when I am being disrespected, ripped-off, and belittled. My purpose is to warn future consumers: do not allow empire today to come into your home!
We purchased a carpet in June 2005 from Empire for our living room. At the time we had a one year old daughter and a dog (we now have a son as well). While the dog has free reign of the house, she is house-broken. No food or drink is allowed in the living room. When we purchased the carpet, we were convinced to buy the "mid-grade" carpet (the top-tier had the longest warranty but was a bit out of our price range). With this purchase we were told to expect no fading and minimal wear and flattening. The sales person told us that if the carpet were to fade or have abnormal wear the carpet would be replaced by Empire. We were told the Empire viewed fading as unacceptable since people often move furniture around and should expect that that exposed carpeting look uniform. Obviously we agreed, and appreciated what seemed liked a genuine statement about the importance of product quality to Empire. Unfortunately, this statement was just a sales pitch. We have now, only two years into a ten year warranty, have made two complaints to Empire about not only fading, but pulls (a previous post referred to them as loops) in several spots on our carpet. The first inspection resulted in us being told that we should just cut the pulls and that the fading wasn't really fading at all, just wear that could be fixed with carpet shampoo and a stiff brush. We purchased the exact products that the "inspector" recommended and followed his instructions word for word (we had him write them down so as not to do something damaging to the carpet). That worked fine when the carpet was slightly damp, but as soon as it dried the color was different. We decided at that time to just deal with the fading since our furniture is always in the same location. However, we recently purchased new furniture which allowed us to set the room up differently. When we moved out the old furniture the fading was unmistakable, and we noticed more pulls. This prompted a new call to Empire at the beginning of June. The customer service rep (Cinnaminson location) stated that the pulls were not normal and that the previous direction we received did not sound right. She indicated that we would receive a call back to set up a time for a new inspection. We received a call back to set up an appointment with an "independent" inspector, Inspect Solutions. The inspector came out, took pictures of the pulls, took a piece of the unused carpet we saved, and told us that we would receive a report back in a week or so. We received the report back with a cover letter that stated "... flooring meets all industry standards, and is free of all manufacturing and installation defects." The inspection report itself claims that the pools are a localized problem. If by localized they mean all over the carpet, then they are dead on. As bothered as I was by this response, I was pushed to write this complaint when I read another post that had the exact statement in their letter that we do. We have a carpet that is two years old and looks like it is ten years old. Empire indicated at the time of purchase that this was a quality carpet that would retain its color and shape for years to come. It is has failed to do so, and Empire has failed to stand behind the product. I do not recommend Empire for carpet based on quality, and I do not recommend Empire for any service based on their failure to stand behind their product. In addition to this post I will be filing a complaint with the Better Business Bureau and might follow up on the previous post and contact the local major news stations as I am sure they would be interested in attracting viewing with a story on a major carpet wholesaler leaving customers flapping in the breeze.