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Window Replacement Plan 2018, Part 3: What to Expect During an In-Home Consultation

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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 seen a idea for when to replace your windows and learned which kind of windows are best for your home.

Talking to your Kalamazoo 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 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 visit costs you nothing.

During your in-home consultation, a sales representative will come to your home, chat 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 assure you the best replacement home window options for your home.

How can I plan 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 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 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 appear.

You should also take a second to note down questions for your representative to help prepare for your consultation.

What can I expect during the consultation?
The intended outcome of an in-home consultation is to help you find the windows that fit your home, meet your desires and budget, and beautify 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 point out 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 identify the best windows for your home, your representative will take a variety of factors into consideration, including:

  • Which materials (vinyl, wood or fiberglass) are right for your home’s area?
  • Which window functions and features are vital to you?
  • What type 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 insightful decision about your replacement windows, it’s important to get an idea what those windows will look like in your home. That’s why your representative will also offer window style and color samples for you to look at in your home.

Your representative will also measure the areas where the replacement windows will be installed and give you what you need to know to prepare for your installation day.

Once you’ve decided on the best windows for your home, your representative will work out an estimate that gives as complete a picture as possible of both the cost and time required to replace your home windows. Your representative can also provide payment options, including financing, to get your home window replacement process rolling.

Pella offers no-cost consultations. So, if after the consultation 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 representative enough time to properly 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 date. Both prices and installation availability can fluctuate greatly, depending on the type of windows, materials purchased, type of installation and openings in the showroom’s installation schedule. Usually, your installation date will be scheduled four to six weeks after your consultation. That allows for the exact 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.

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