Deciding to replace your home windows is a big decision. 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.
Visiting your St. Paul 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 improved energy efficiency.
So, what’s next? Scheduling 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 whittle down your window selections and give you a price 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 prepare for my in-home consultation?
If you were to talk 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 idea of the looks you like will give your representative a focus point to creating the windows that are right for you. Look for images 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 jot down questions for your representative to help prepare for your consultation.
What can I expect during my consultation?
The target of an in-home consultation is to help you find the windows that suit your home, meet your desires 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 offer 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 ultimate windows for your home, your representative will take a number 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 sample in a showroom. But in order to make the most insightful 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 pro 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 selected the best windows for your home, your representative will create an estimate that gives as complete a picture as possible of both the expense and time required to replace your home windows. Your representative 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 undertaking your window replacement, the visit costs you nothing.
How long will your window consultation take?
Typically, your representative will take between 90 minutes and two hours for the consultation. This will give your representative enough time to completely 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 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 last 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.