Tips for Interviewing Window Dealers and Getting Estimates

March 16, 2010

Installing windows is a major project requiring planning and careful selection of window dealers and contractors. These tips can help you find windows and installers meeting your needs.

Find Window Experts Fast

How soon do you want to begin this project?

  • Shop and research products and dealers online: Before visiting window dealers, shop online for product selection and research product and installation costs and options. Doing research before shopping window dealers (either online or in-store) can help with identifying product and installation options that work within your needs and budget.

Window Dealers: Making the Right Choice

  • Visit several dealers online and in person: Make a list of your needs and expectations for your new windows, and set a budget. This can help keep your shopping and buying on track and may help avoid cost overruns.
  • Does your window dealer provide installation? It's important to verify this up front so you can find a window contractor if needed, and factor additional costs into your budget
  • Ask questions: Your window dealer should freely address questions to your satisfaction. Persist in getting the information you need; if it isn't forthcoming, find another window dealer.

Getting Window Estimates

  • Get itemized, written estimates: When reviewing estimates for windows and installation, make sure that you clearly understand all charges. Read the fine print, and ask for clarification. Window installation estimates should include a deadline for completing the job
  • Verify licensing: Window installers should be licensed contractors. Verify licenses, insurances and bonding to ensure that everyone is covered in case of accident or damage occurring on the job.
  • Don't shop window estimates by price alone: Comparing several estimates involves reviewing what you get for the price quoted. Going cheap is not always the best way to save.

Finding the right windows and and a qualified installer can help insure satisfaction with your new windows.


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