Deciding to replace your home windows is a big decision. But if you’ve been following along with our “Window Replacement Plan 2018” series (Parts 1 and 2), you’ve already seen a gameplan for when to replace your windows and learned which style of windows are best for your home.
Visiting your Albany Pella showroom can help you learn how replacement home windows not only bring a new style to your home, but also can help save you money with more energy efficiency.
So, what’s next? Scheduling your in-home consultation.
It’s an important part in your window replacement plan. The best part: An in-home consultation 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 whittle down your window selections and give you a cost estimate.
Taking some steps ahead of time to plan for your in-home consultation will help ensure you the best replacement home window options 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 prepared to share some looks you’ve seen that sparked your interest. The same goes for a window consultation.
Having an image of the looks you like will give your representative a starting point to identifying the windows that are fit 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 moment to write 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 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 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 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 best for your home’s area?
- Which window functions and features are vital to you?
- What amount 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 display 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 representative 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 selected the best windows for your home, your representative will work out an estimate that gives as full a picture as possible of both the expense and time required to replace your home windows. Your consultant 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 your 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 adequately 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 time. 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. Probably, your installation date will be scheduled four to six weeks after your consultation. That allows for the correct windows to be shipped to your local Pella showroom.
Next month, the final 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.