When you invite a window treatment installer, home remodeler or any type of home service rep into your Houston home, you put a lot of trust in those service providers. Unfortunately, some home service providers may exploit your trust, especially during the quoting process. To help you in getting top-notch home services, Sunburst Shutters Houston has put together some of the warning signs of a bad shutter quote, and the steps you can take to protect yourself when getting a Houston shutter quote and picking what company to do business with.
Remember that while our expertise is primarily in shutters and window accessories in Houston, these tips can apply to any home service, from home security installers to painters and beyond.
Signs You’re Being Fooled By a Shutter Quote
The most telltale signs that you’re being fooled during a shutter quote apply to most all home services. These are a couple of the most frequently-seen warning signs.
1. The Quote You’re Given Is The Lowest By Far
If you’re given a quote for shutters from someone and it’s way cheaper than any other quote, be careful. The company might be quoting you for a super basic product that doesn’t include the options you thought you were getting. Remember, if it looks too good to be true, it usually is.
2. They Give A You Great Price Quote Without Seeing The Job In Person
Some companies might quote you a fantastic price on shutters without ever looking at your windows, asking about your specific needs and wants, or even measuring your windows. There’s a lot that goes into picking a great shutter, so if your shutter dealer can’t get all the little things correct, there might be a large difference between a quote and the actual price.
3. The Dealer Insists That Their Product is Identical to the Name Brand
A reliable sign that there may be an issue during a shutter or any home service quote is if the salesperson tells you that their product is just like the name brand. Every product is unique–from material used to construction methods to paint finish and beyond. Yet, companies who provide cheaper products will often tell customers theirs is the same as brand X. It’s done to make you feel like you’re getting a proven product for a great price, when you’re probably buying a lower-quality product for a lower price.
Tips To Protect Yourself Against Phony Shutter Quotes
Knowing these signs of a bum quote can save you money and stress in the long run, but you can also take a number of precautions to make sure you work with a good shutter company.
1. Check Their Credentials
Do some research on your shutter seller or home remodeler. Resources like the BBB, Yelp, Angie’s List, Google Reviews, and more can give you a great visualisation of the company’s trustworthiness.
2. Get A Quote in Writing
You can’t always trust a quote you hear over the phone. Getting a price quote written out ensures that the details (such as square footage, shutter extras, and installation specifics) all correspond with what you think you’re getting. And make sure the details are on the quote–like the total square footage, name and brand of the product, and …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 exactly what you want. Sunburst Shutters Houston is locally owned and managed, and we work to simplify the whole shutter-buying process from beginning to end.
Get a Great Shutter Quote in Houston Today
Start working with a shutter company in Houston that won’t try to fool you with bad quotes. Call Sunburst Shutters Houston today at 713-853-9629
or use the form below to schedule a free window design consultation and get your shutter buy started on the right foot.