Deciding to replace your home windows is a big step. 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 kind of windows are best for your home.
Talking to your Binghamton 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 improved 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, discuss with you about your wants and needs, help narrow your window selections and give you a price estimate.
Taking some steps before to prepare for your in-home consultation will help assure you the best replacement home window experience for your home.
How can I prepare 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 idea of the looks you like will give your representative a starting 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 explain how you want your new windows to appear.
You should also take a moment to jot down questions for your representative to help prepare for your consultation.
What can I expect during my consultation?
The intended outcome of an in-home consultation is to help you find the windows that are right for your home, meet your needs and budget, and highlight your home.
That means your window consultant will be focused on learning as much as they can about what you need and want. They’ll ask you to point out where the replacement windows will go and present 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 determine the ultimate windows for your home, your representative will take a number of factors into consideration, including:
- Which materials (vinyl, wood or fiberglass) are right for your home’s area?
- Which window functions and features are vital to you?
- What level of energy efficiency will be best for your home?
- Which colors work best with your home’s design and architecture?
It’s one thing to see a window display in a showroom. But in order to make the most insightful decision about your replacement windows, it’s important to see what those windows will look like in your home. That’s why your representative will also offer window style and color samples for you to look at in your home.
Your consultant will also measure the rooms where the replacement windows will be installed and give you details to prepare for your installation day.
Once you’ve chosen the best windows for your home, your representative will provide an estimate that gives as complete a picture as possible of both the expense and time required to replace your home windows. Your representative can also provide payment options, including financing, to get your home window replacement process started.
Pella offers no-cost consultations. So, if after the consultation you decide to hold off on starting your window replacement, the visit costs you nothing.
How long will the window consultation take?
Typically, your representative will visit between 90 minutes and two hours for the consultation. This will give your pro enough time to completely assess your needs and present you an accurate estimate.
What happens next?
Once your representative goes over your estimate with you, you’ll schedule your installation time. 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. Probably, 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.