When you let a window treatment installer, home designer or any kind of home service rep into your Kingsport house, you put a lot of trust in those service providers. Unfortunately, some home service companies may take advantage of that trust, especially during the quoting process. To aid you in getting top-notch home services, we’ve assembled some pointers on how to know when you’re being fooled by a shutter quote, and the things you can do to protect yourself when receiving a Kingsport shutter quote and choosing a shutter company.
Note that while our experience is primarily in shutters and window treatments in Kingsport, these can apply to any home service, from roofing to flooring and beyond.
Signs You’re Being Fooled During a Shutter Quote
The most telltale signs of a bad shutter quote apply to most all home services. These are a few of the most frequent warning signs.
1. The Price They Give Is Far And Away The Lowest
If you receive a quote for shutters from someone and it’s far and away the best you’ve seen, be careful. The company might be quoting you for a baseline product that doesn’t include the options you thought you were getting. Remember the saying, if it looks too good to be true, it just might be.
2. You Get A Phenomenal Price Quote Sight Unseen
Some companies may quote you a fantastic price on shutters without ever going near your window, asking about your unique wants, or even measuring your windows. A lot goes into choosing a great shutter, so if your shutter dealer can’t get all the details correct, there may be a big difference between a quote and the actual price.
3. The Salesperson Tells You Their Product is the Same as the Name Brand
A reliable sign that you might be taken in during a shutter or any home service quote is if the service provider tells you that their product is identical a popular name brand. Every product is different–from material used to construction methods to paint finish and beyond. Yet, dealers who provide cheaper products will often tell customers theirs is just like brand X. It’s done to make you feel like you’re getting a superior product for a cheap price, when in reality, you’re just buying an inferior product at a matching price.
Ways To Protect Yourself Against Phony Window Treatment Quotes
Knowing these symptoms of a bum quote can save you money and stress in the long run, but you can also take a few steps to make sure you work with a good shutter company.
1. Check Credentials
Do some research on your shutter dealer or home remodeler. Resources like the BBB or Angie’s List can give you a clear picture of the company’s trustworthiness.
2. Get A Quote in Writing
Don’t always trust a quote you get over the phone. Getting a price quote in writing lets you check that the details (such as sq. footage, shutter extras, and installation details) all match what you think you’re getting. And be sure that the details are on the quote–like the total square footage, name/brand of the product, and warranty specifics–in writing!
3. Work Locally
Working with a local shutter installer or local contractor gives you fewer hoops to jump through when making sure a quote is for precisely what you want. Sunburst Shutters Kingsport is locally owned and managed, and we work to simplify the entire shutter-buying process from start to finish.
Get a Great Shutter Quote in Kingsport Today
Get started working with home service companies in Kingsport that won’t try to give you bad quotes. Call Sunburst Shutters Kingsport today at 276-685-5343
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