Making the choice to replace your home windows is a big step. But if you’ve been following along in our “Window Replacement Plan 2018” series (Parts 1 and 2), you’ve already found a gameplan for when to replace your windows and learned which style of windows are best for your home.
Stopping by your Muncie 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 meet you at your home, talk with you about your wants and needs, help narrow your window selections and give you a installation estimate.
Taking some steps before to prepare for your in-home consultation will help assure you the best replacement home window options for your home.
How can I prepare 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 piqued your interest. The same goes for the window consultation.
Having an vision of the looks you like will give your representative a focus point to finding the windows that are right 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 appear.
You should also take a second to jot 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 suit your home, meet your style 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 know 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 right windows for your home, your representative will take a variety of factors into consideration, including:
- Which materials (vinyl, wood or fiberglass) are best 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 sample in a showroom. But in order to make the most complete 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 bring 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 information to prepare for your installation day.
Once you’ve selected the best windows for your home, your representative will work out an estimate that gives as complete 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 started.
Pella offers no-cost consultations. So, if after the visit 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 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 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 right windows to be shipped to your local Pella showroom.
Next month, the final 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.