Choosing to replace your home windows is a big step. But if you’ve been following along during our “Window Replacement Plan 2018” series (Parts 1 and 2), you’ve already seen a idea for when to replace your windows and learned which kind of windows are best for your home.
Visiting your Calgary 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 piece 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, chat with you about your wants and needs, help whittle down your window selections and give you a cost estimate.
Taking some steps now to prepare for your in-home consultation will help ensure you the best replacement home window solution 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 able to share some looks you’ve seen that sparked your interest. The same goes for a window consultation.
Having an idea of the looks you like will give your representative a focus point to finding the windows that are perfect 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 appear.
You should also take a second to write down questions for your representative to help prepare for your consultation.
What can I expect during a consultation?
The intended outcome of an in-home consultation is to help you find the windows that are right for your home, meet your desires and budget, and showcase your home.
That means your window consultant 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 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 best 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 important to you?
- What amount of energy efficiency will be best for your home?
- Which colors work best with your home’s look and architecture?
It’s one thing to see a window installation in a showroom. But in order to make the most informed 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 areas where the replacement windows will be installed and give you details to prepare for your installation day.
Once you’ve decided on 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 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 visit you decide to hold off on undertaking your window replacement, the visit costs you nothing.
How long will a window consultation take?
Typically, your representative will need between 90 minutes and two hours for the consultation. This will give your pro 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 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 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.