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

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Choosing to replace your home windows is a big step. But if you’ve been following along with 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 style of windows are best for your home.

Stopping by your Hunt Valley 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 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 meet you at your home, chat with you about your wants and needs, help narrow your window selections and give you a cost estimate.

Taking some steps now to plan for your in-home consultation will help provide you the best replacement home window solution 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 the window consultation.

Having an idea of the looks you like will give your representative a starting point to identifying the windows that are fit 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 minute to note down questions for your representative to help prepare for your consultation.

What can I expect during my consultation?
The goal 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 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 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 identify the right 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 type of energy efficiency will be best for your home?
  • Which colors work best with your home’s design and architecture?

It’s one thing to see a window display 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 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 decided on the best windows for your home, your representative will provide an estimate that gives as total a picture as possible of both the expense and time required to replace your home windows. Your pro 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 your window consultation take?
Typically, your representative will visit between 90 minutes and two hours for the consultation. This will give your consultant 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 day. 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 correct windows to be shipped to your local Pella showroom.

Next month, the ending 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.