Before you dive head first into the complicated world of window styles and window prices it is important to find the right window manufacturer who will tell you that everything will be okay.
And actually mean it.
It is a big world out there, with thousands of companies competing for your business. Some want to take your money and run while others want to build a lasting bond for years to come. So how do you find the latter and stay away from the former? By avoiding the following two, mistakes, you should be well on your way to a successful project.
Do your window research
What we mean by being in the dark is not being in the know. Not knowing anything about the industry, its products, its pricing, etc. If you are reading this, you are already a step ahead of those who have not bothered to do some research. Research is crucial to find what you are looking for.
There is a reason why some window companies offer a lifetime warranty for their replacement windows — because it is an investment for the lifetime. This means that going forward you will have a lengthy relationship with these people. The best advice here is to get to know your window manufacturer. Don’t just settle for getting quotes. There is no shortage of companies in the window industry who are willing to outbid one another for the privilege of getting your window replacement project done. But how many are willing to come back if something goes wrong? This is the question worth asking.
At the end of the day, taking the time to educate yourself will only result in you being a happy customer. When everything is said and done you will be:
- Pleased with your windows and their options
- Relaxed because you planned thoroughly
- Satisfied knowing that you spent your money wisely
Don’t just chase bargains
Again, what we mean by this don’t make your decision-based solely on one aspect. This aspect is usually the price. While it is undeniable that price is a major factor in the decision-making process, we stress that it should not be the end of your decision. How can you justify a more expensive product when there is one that is seemingly similar available for less? In this case, it is helpful to imagine your relationship with your window supplier as a marriage. What you would look for in your partner, you should also look for in your window manufacturer. They should:
- Make you a priority
- Be in it for the long haul
- Be dedicated to constant self-improvement
- Be open and honest
Now that you are convinced that being informed will only do you good, let’s see how you can pick out the bad apples.
The first step is finding your candidates. You should try to find at least three reputable companies to focus on. How do you know which ones are reputable? Consider reviews from reputable agencies such as the Better Business Bureau. Other resources include websites such as Homestars and Google +. Finally, take advantage of any references that may come your way. Once you have settled on your candidates you can compare.
Try to compare apples to apples to get a clearer picture of what you are getting. This means that window styles, options, and finishes should be the same when comparing window prices and performance. Compare the warranty to see which company gives you the best peace of mind. Finally, compare customers’ experiences that you found earlier to round out your impression. Choosing a window replacement contractor should not be rocket science, nor should it make you feel uneasy or vulnerable. If at any point during your selection process you experience these sensations you should follow your gut or inner voice and do the right thing.