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

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Making the choice to replace your home windows is a big project. But if you’ve been following along in our “Window Replacement Plan 2018” series (Parts 1 and 2), you’ve already seen a strategy for when to replace your windows and learned which kind of windows are best for your home.

Visiting your Beltsville 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 step in your window replacement plan. The best part: An in-home visit costs you nothing.

During your in-home consultation, a sales representative will meet you at your home, discuss with you about your wants and needs, help narrow your window selections and give you a cost estimate.

Taking some steps now to get ready 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 talk with an interior designer, you’d probably be prepared to share some looks you’ve seen that piqued your interest. The same goes for a window consultation.

Having an vision of the looks you like will give your representative a focus point to finding the windows that are perfect for you. Look for pictures 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 second to write 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 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 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 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 best for your home’s area?
  • Which window functions and features are necessary to you?
  • What amount 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 complete 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 include window style and color samples for you to look at in your home.

Your consultant 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 decided on the best windows for your home, your representative will create 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 under way.

Pella offers no-cost consultations. So, if after the meeting you decide to hold off on beginning your window replacement, the visit costs you nothing.

How long will the 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 style of windows, materials purchased, type of installation and openings in the showroom’s installation schedule. Most likely, 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 ending installment of our series will highlight 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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