What Happens During Your In-Home Shutter Consultation

Cory Cryer

To help you decide on the best window treatments for your rooms, some companies, like Sunburst, start out with an in-home consultation. By taking the treatments to you, we can show you how different window treatments would match up to your windows. This consultation lets you envision your options and helps you feel confident in your final choice.

But what actually goes on during an in-home consultation? And how will meeting a representative in your home help you better choose the perfect window treatment? Sunburst is a leader in these in-home consultations, and here’s what you will experience at your visit.

Detailing A Typical In-Home Shutters Consultation

People looking at window treatment samples.

Start by arranging an appointment by contacting your local representative. If you already can picture the perfect coverings for you window, like our Polywood® plantation shutter, then we will make a special note to bring you some options available for your preferred product. We will also bring additional treatments, so you can feel confident that your windows match your ideas.

During the actual appointment, we’ll sit down and figure out what you are looking for in a window treatment. We’ll spefically ask about your lighting, privacy, and energy efficiency ideas, and we’ll ask about hard-to-reach or specialty-shaped windows. Your rep will also ask about how the room is used and what aesthetic you are trying to attain. The final objective is to fully envision what your decor will ultimately look like with the treatments installed.

You may have to see many different window treatments and contrast each style against each other. Most customers want to look at a few different ideas, like comparing Polywood with our real-wood Ovation® shutters or choosing the best stain to coordinate with your color scheme. We’ll also demonstrate all the options available for the covering, like available colors, louver sizes, or hidden tilt-rods.

Once a decision is made, we’ll find the exact measurements of your windows. We generally measure the windows in each room—even if you only need to buy window treatments for a portion of the house. We do this because a lot of our clients ask to be able to order future products quickly. At the end of the appointment, we will thoroughly explain the detailed, written quote, so there are no surprises on your invoice.

Alt text: Sunburst Shutters van in customer's driveway. 

Signs Of A Poor In-Home Shutter Consultation

While we are sure that Sunburst will perform compentent in-home consultation, there are some actions you should never see from any window treatment rep. It should go without saying, the quality of your sales representative mirrors the quality of the window treatments.

First, your consultant should be careful and professional. They should show up as scheduled, with all samples requested, and offer to cover their shoes with shoe booties. Your consultant should always have product and company brochures and pricing details.

In regards to pricing, you should expect a full written quote. Don’t accept a vague guess, scribbled on a scrap piece of paper or the back of a business card. And never accept a quote if they won’t measure your windows. You want to know how much you should pay and why. It’s also a good idea to to search for references and online reviews.

You Can Expect A Professional In-Home Consultation With Sunburst

At Sunburst, we work hard to match your windows with the perfect window treatment. Our salespeople are said to be courteous, professional, and knowledgeable. And you should never get any cost or product surprises on the invoice. Just call at 713-853-9629 to schedule your in-home consultation.