5 Questions to Ask During a Window and Doors Consultation
If you are looking to replace the windows and doors in your home, inevitably you will have an in-home consultation with a product expert. This is the best opportunity for you to ask questions that will help clarify the process and to clear any doubts you have about the project. Getting first-hand information from the company representative will help you make an informed decision, on which windows and doors contractor you will partner with to complete your project.
Below we have compiled a list of 5 questions you should ask when looking to replace your windows and/or doors. Depending on your project, you may have additional questions for the consultant. Do not hesitate to ask all and any questions you have.
1. What Are the Key Features?
Having a full understanding of the replacement windows and doors being installed will help with your decision-making process. Windows and doors can come in different designs, functionality, security features, privacy features, energy efficiency, and methods of cleaning. Make sure the product being installed meets your needs and expectations of your new windows and doors.
2. What Will the Interior and Exterior Finishes be?
Replacing your windows and doors does not necessarily mean you should change the entire decor of your home style. The windows and doors offered by the installer should have a finish that not only meets your home’s ambiance but that also compliments your existing design.
3. Are There Any Additional Charges?
During the home consultation, you should receive a written estimate for your project. This is a good time to ask the consultant if there is a potential for any additional charges, and what scenario would warrant the additional fees. No one likes the surprise of hidden fees, so this is your opportunity to clarify.
4. What Does the Warranty Cover?
Understanding the terms and conditions of your warranty will help you better understand exactly what is covered and for how long. There are two types of warranties you should ask about, a manufacturer’s warranty which covers the replacement window or door, and a workmanship warranty which covers the installation of your replacement product. If there is no workmanship warranty, your manufacturer’s warranty may be rendered void if a faulty window or door is caused by poor installation. Even if the issue is with the production of the window or door, you will still need someone to replace the defective window, and you probably won’t want to pay extra for that work.
5. What Will the Timeframe of The Installation Be?
Knowing how long it will take for your windows and doors to be manufactured, and how long it will take to complete the project will help you plan your schedule accordingly.
It is important that you take the time to utilize your in-home consultation for more than just getting a quote on your project. Ask questions to better understand the process and to set clear expectations for yourself.