Choosing to replace your home windows is a big step. But if you’ve been following along during our “Window Replacement Plan 2018” series (Parts 1 and 2), you’ve already come up with a idea for when to replace your windows and learned which type of windows are best for your home.
Talking to your Cape Cod Pella showroom can help you learn how replacement home windows not only bring a new feel 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 piece 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 whittle down your window selections and give you a price estimate.
Taking some steps now to plan for your in-home consultation will help ensure you the best replacement home window solution for your home.
How can I plan for my in-home consultation?
If you were to meet with an interior designer, you’d probably be ready to share some looks you’ve seen that caught your interest. The same goes for a window consultation.
Having an idea of the looks you like will give your representative a starting point to finding the windows that are perfect 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 second to note down questions for your representative to help prepare for your consultation.
What can I expect during the consultation?
The intended outcome of an in-home consultation is to help you find the windows that fit your home, meet your needs and budget, and showcase your home.
That means your window professional will be focused on learning as much as they can about what you need and want. They’ll ask you to show them where the replacement windows will go and show 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 right 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 necessary to you?
- What type of energy efficiency will be best for your home?
- Which colors work best with your home’s look 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 bring window style and color samples for you to look at in your home.
Your representative will also measure the areas where the replacement windows will be installed and give you information 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 under way.
Pella offers no-cost consultations. So, if after the meeting you decide to hold off on beginning your window replacement, the visit costs you nothing.
How long will your 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 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 date. Both prices and installation availability can fluctuate greatly, depending on the style of windows, materials purchased, type of installation and openings in the showroom’s installation schedule. Usually, your installation date will be scheduled four to six weeks after your consultation. That allows for the exact windows to be shipped to your local Pella showroom.
Next month, the last 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.