Deciding to replace your home windows is a big decision. But if you’ve been following along with our “Window Replacement Plan 2018” series (Parts 1 and 2), you’ve already found a strategy for when to replace your windows and learned which style of windows are best for your home.
Visiting your Albuquerque Pella showroom can help you learn how replacement home windows not only bring a new look to your home, but also can help save you money with more energy efficiency.
So, what’s next? Planning your in-home consultation.
It’s an important step in your window replacement plan. The best part: An in-home consultation costs you nothing.
During your in-home consultation, a sales representative will come to your home, talk with you about your wants and needs, help whittle down your window selections and give you a cost estimate.
Taking some steps before to plan for your in-home consultation will help provide you the best replacement home window options for your home.
How can I plan for my in-home consultation?
If you were to talk with an interior designer, you’d probably be ready to share some looks you’ve seen that sparked your interest. The same goes for your window consultation.
Having an vision of the looks you like will give your representative a focus point to creating the windows that are fit for you. Look for pictures of what you want your new windows to look like. If you can’t provide pictures, be ready to describe how you want your new windows to take shape.
You should also take a second to write down questions for your representative to help prepare for your consultation.
What can I expect during my consultation?
The target of an in-home consultation is to help you find the windows that fit your home, meet your needs and budget, and beautify your home.
That means your window representative will be focused on learning as much as they can about what you need and want. They’ll ask you to know where the replacement windows will go and offer you different design, material and color options that may work for you. They’ll also discuss pricing and the installation process for each option.
When helping you identify the ultimate windows for your home, your representative will take a number of factors into consideration, including:
- Which materials (vinyl, wood or fiberglass) are suitable for your home’s area?
- Which window functions and features are important to you?
- What type of energy efficiency will be best for your home?
- Which colors work best with your home’s style and architecture?
It’s one thing to see a window sample in a showroom. But in order to make the most complete decision about your replacement windows, it’s important to imagine what those windows will look like in your home. That’s why your representative will also include window style and color samples for you to look at in your home.
Your consultant will also measure the spaces where the replacement windows will be installed and give you details to prepare for your installation day.
Once you’ve selected the best windows for your home, your representative will create an estimate that gives as complete a picture as possible of both the cost and time required to replace your home windows. Your consultant can also provide payment options, including financing, to get your home window replacement process rolling.
Pella offers no-cost consultations. So, if after the meeting you decide to hold off on undertaking your window replacement, the visit costs you nothing.
How long will a window consultation take?
Typically, your representative will visit between 90 minutes and two hours for the consultation. This will give your consultant enough time to adequately assess your needs and give you an accurate estimate.
What happens next?
Once your representative goes over your estimate with you, you’ll schedule your installation day. Both prices and installation availability can fluctuate greatly, depending on the kind of windows, materials purchased, type of installation and openings in the showroom’s installation schedule. Most likely, your installation date will be scheduled four to six weeks after your consultation. That allows for the correct windows to be shipped to your local Pella showroom.
Next month, the ending installment of our series will discuss what you can expect on your window installation day and how you can best prepare to make the process go smoothly for you and your installation team.