If you’re in the market for a new window, it means you’re also in the market for a new window contractor. This isn’t something that should be taken lightly: the installation of your window matters as much as the materials that make up the window. You can research the window contractor before you ask for an estimate, but sometimes certain hints in the window quote process can set off some warning bells in your head. Or they should.
You want a window contractor with experience who clearly knows what they’re doing. If you notice any of these red flags when contacting your contractor for a new window quote, you may want to reconsider the contractor.
Charging for a New Window Quote
Most contractors will offer a free quote for most of their services. This is because they know that homeowners will want to shop around before they make a decision and they hope that putting their best foot forward with the quote process will give them an edge when it comes to the decision process. New window quotes occur before any official commitment to any one company is made. If a company charges for a new window quote, they might not necessarily be crooked or inexperienced, but they are offering a charge that you don’t need to pay. There are plenty of other Des Moines window contractors that offer free quotes.
The “We Can Do It Tomorrow” Quote
Scheduling a home improvement project can be a pain. Contractors are busy, but if you’re ready to have your window installed now, 4-8 weeks seems like an eternity. So it sounds pretty appealing when a window contractor offers to take on your new window installation the very next day. But think about what it means that their schedule is so wide open. Why don’t they have more business? It may be that they haven’t established enough of a reputation…or that they established the wrong sort of reputation.
No Proof of Credentials
When you have a new window quote, the contractor should be able to provide proof of their credentials. They’re required by Iowa law to be certified. They should also be properly insured (at least $1,000,000 of liability insurance). Check out the Iowa Workforce Development to search for registered contractors in Iowa. Type in the name of the business in the top search bar and click search. It will pull up the contractor’s registration and show you if everything is current. If the contractor isn’t insured and an accident happens on the job, you may be held liable. If a contractor seems reluctant to show proof of certification and insurance, or doesn’t have it available, that’s a good sign that you shouldn’t waste your time with that contractor.
High Pressure Sales Tactics
No homeowner wants to be hassled, but some window contractors will try anyway in order to get a sale. One popular tactic is offering homeowners a great deal if they sign the contract immediately rather than looking into other window contractors. Other contractors may overemphasize the importance of having your new window installation done as quickly as possible. These tactics are used to pressure homeowners into feeling that there’s no time to think about the decision, and any contractor who makes use of them shouldn’t be trusted. Your home improvement project is an important one and one that should be considered carefully.
At Zen Windows Des Moines, we’re committed to never using high pressure sales tactics. We let our products and our expertise speak for itself and give you time to make the decision that’s right for you. Contact us today to set up a free, no obligation new window quote. We like to think we’ll be able to put your mind at ease with our quote.