Five Window Shopping Pitfalls to Avoid
Information is power and the more information you have about buying windows and how to go about it puts you in a powerful position. Avoiding these five window shopping pitfalls will help you make the best, well-informed decision with the best company to fit your needs.
Window Mistake #1 – Falling in Love with a Window
Many people make the mistake of falling in love with the windows before falling in love with the window company. There are so many factors to consider when buying windows. People tend to decide based on how the window looks—not considering their budget, home, the installation company, and a slew of other things to consider. Focus on finding the best window company for you. Ideally, that company will have many brands to choose from and excellent service to fit your needs.
Window Mistake #2 – Paralysis by Analysis
Window analysis can be a good thing but consider all the factors. Window ratings do matter, but you also need to know what the window company can do for you. Who installs the windows you’ve purchased? Will the installers take great care in placing your windows and treating you and your home with courtesy and respect? Take into account the entire picture when shopping for windows, don’t focus solely on the numbers. We like to say that a good window with a bad installation, is a bad window.
Window Mistake #3 – Chunky or Clunky
Don’t forget to consider the window’s appearance. It may “perform well” but If the frame is too chunky for you or your home’s style, you will be disappointed in the finished product. Do your research; imagine the window in your home. You’ll be much happier with the outcome if you do.
Window Mistake #4 – Tonight Only Pricing
Have you ever asked yourself, “Why is this price quote only good for today?” If you said yes, then you are on the right track. Sleep on it. Don’t be pressured into making such a significant purchase on the spot. If the company has a lot of wiggle room from their original quote, then they may be pricing your job too high. Do your research on the windows they are offering. If you do get pressured into signing, don’t despair; by federal law, you are allowed three days to change your mind. It isn’t a special offer from a company; it is the law. In the end, waiting on your purchase will lower your price in most cases.
Window Mistake #5 – Financing
When a window company offers a “free money” deal on financing that sounds too good to be true, they’ve purchased that rate from the lender, and that cost is passed on to you in one way or another. Look for a company with options when it comes to financing and pay attention to the fine print, or consider paying cash for your windows to get a lower price.
You have many choices when shopping for windows, but if you put in some time, and do the research, you’ll reap the rewards. If you live outside of Houston, Texas, check out JeffsList.com to find great a window company in your area. If you’re local, give us a call, and we’ll do our best to make your window dreams a reality.