Choosing to replace your home windows is a big project. But if you’ve been following along with our “Window Replacement Plan 2018” series (Parts 1 and 2), you’ve already found a idea for when to replace your windows and learned which type of windows are best for your home.
Visiting your South Portland 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 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, chat with you about your wants and needs, help narrow your window selections and give you a price estimate.
Taking some steps before to plan for your in-home consultation will help assure you the best replacement home window options 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 the window consultation.
Having an image of the looks you like will give your representative a focus point to creating 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 describe how you want your new windows to take shape.
You should also take a second to jot down questions for your representative to help prepare for your consultation.
What can I expect during my consultation?
The goal 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 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 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 choose the ultimate windows for your home, your representative will take a number of factors into consideration, including:
- Which materials (vinyl, wood or fiberglass) are best for your home’s area?
- Which window functions and features are important 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 insightful 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 consultant will also measure the spaces where the replacement windows will be installed and give you information to prepare for your installation day.
Once you’ve chosen the best windows for your home, your representative will create an estimate that gives as total a picture as possible of both the expense and time required to replace your home windows. Your pro 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 visit 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 adequately assess your needs and give 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 right 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.