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Window Replacement Plan 2018, Part 3: What to Expect During an In-Home Consultation

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Making the choice 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 seen a strategy for when to replace your windows and learned which type of windows are best for your home.

Talking to your Haverhill 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 increased 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 consult costs you nothing.

During your in-home consultation, a sales representative will visit your home, talk with you about your wants and needs, help focus your window selections and give you a price estimate.

Taking some steps ahead of time to get ready for your in-home consultation will help provide you the best replacement home window solution for your home.

How can I plan for my in-home consultation?
If you were to consult with an interior designer, you’d probably be prepared to share some looks you’ve seen that piqued your interest. The same goes for the window consultation.

Having an vision of the looks you like will give your representative a starting point to creating the windows that are perfect for you. Look for images 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 moment to note down questions for your representative to help prepare for your consultation.

What can I expect during a consultation?
The target of an in-home consultation is to help you find the windows that suit your home, meet your needs and budget, and showcase 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 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 identify the ultimate windows for your home, your representative will take a variety of factors into consideration, including:

  • Which materials (vinyl, wood or fiberglass) are suitable 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 style and architecture?

It’s one thing to see a window display in a showroom. But in order to make the most informed decision about your replacement windows, it’s important to get an idea 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 what you need to know to prepare for your installation day.

Once you’ve chosen the best windows for your home, your representative will work out an estimate that gives as full a picture as possible of both the cost and time required to replace your home windows. Your pro can also provide payment options, including financing, to get your home window replacement process rolling.

Pella offers no-cost consultations. So, if after the visit 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 need between 90 minutes and two hours for the consultation. This will give your pro enough time to properly 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 day. Both prices and installation availability can fluctuate greatly, depending on the type 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 exact windows to be shipped to your local Pella showroom.

Next month, the ending installment of our series will highlight 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.