Making the choice to replace your home windows is a big project. But if you’ve been following along in our “Window Replacement Plan 2018” series (Parts 1 and 2), you’ve already come up with a strategy for when to replace your windows and learned which kind of windows are best for your home.
Stopping by your Washington DC 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 more energy efficiency.
So, what’s next? Planning your in-home consultation.
It’s an important part 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, chat with you about your wants and needs, help focus your window selections and give you a installation estimate.
Taking some steps ahead of time to prepare for your in-home consultation will help ensure you the best replacement home window experience 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 ready to share some looks you’ve seen that caught your interest. The same goes for a window consultation.
Having an vision of the looks you like will give your representative a beginning point to identifying the windows that are perfect for you. Look for ideas of what you want your new windows to look like. If you can’t provide pictures, be ready to talk about how you want your new windows to look.
You should also take a moment to note down questions for your representative to help prepare for your consultation.
What can I expect during the consultation?
The target of an in-home consultation is to help you find the windows that fit your home, meet your desires 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 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 choose the best windows for your home, your representative will take a variety 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 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 installation in a showroom. But in order to make the most complete 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 include window style and color samples for you to look at in your home.
Your pro will also measure the areas 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 total a picture as possible of both the price and time required to replace your home windows. Your consultant can also provide payment options, including financing, to get your home window replacement process started.
Pella offers no-cost consultations. So, if after the meeting 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 need between 90 minutes and two hours for the consultation. This will give your consultant enough time to properly assess your needs and offer 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 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 right windows to be shipped to your local Pella showroom.
Next month, the ending installment of our series will look at 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.