We don’t tend to buy new windows very regularly – in fact, most people reach adulthood or even middle age without ever having had to replace any windows in their homes. This is why, when the time comes, it can feel like a very stressful thing to do since there are a lot of unknowns. Not to mention that window salesmen have a bad reputation, and we enter these working relationships with a lot of suspicion.
When you’re shopping around for replacement windows, there are some key considerations to take into account. We’re here to help you through the process. Below, you’ll find the most important things to think about as you decide on a window company, research your needs and requirements.
- Think about your needs
What do you need in a new window? Are you sick of cold draughts coming in, hearing the cars going by outside, or looking at some old and worn window frames? Perhaps your windows have a tendency to fog up (which means the double glazing isn’t working anymore). All of these problems require different solutions.
Before you start your research or get in touch with someone , think about your expectations or desire for your new windows. Write them down, and discuss them with your partner. Talk about what you want from the window purchasing process. This will equip you with the tools you need to make the best decision in terms of the company you choose, the kinds of windows you ask to look at. You’ll also get what you want, which is the aim of the game!
- Do your research
Before you even begin to think about getting in touch with an expert, you need to do your research. Nowadays you can find all the information you need online, so there’s no need to go running straight to a window company to get everything you need to make the right decision.
Do you need uPVC windows or aluminium windows? There are some key differences – including price – but don’t let a salesman tell you! Do the research yourself. You’ll almost always be better off. There are even some considerations a salesman won’t be able to inform you about, if a certain type of window isn’t their area of expertise.
However, don’t limit your search to online. Ask friends and family if they have any thoughts or recommendations based on the current state and location of your home. If they’ve had windows replaced, they will most likely have some tips.
- Compare different providers
We all know that comparing prices is absolutely crucial. It can be a tad pane-ful (pun definitely intended), though, when you have to fill in a million different forms online with the same information, simply presented differently. This is the kind of thing that makes us give up halfway through and choosing the first company that comes along.
Of course, this isn’t the best course of action. You can now find sites that send quote requests to multiple window providers so you can compare prices, profiles and reviews easily, on one platform. These sites can save you a ton of time filling in forms, not to mention money! You’ll be able to choose the right provider for you based on their online presence and pricing.
Finding window quotes online doesn’t have to be hard. That website can help you, but when in doubt, ask for local recommendations, too. Friends and family will give you their unbiased opinions which are terribly valuable!
- Take your time
Last but not least, throughout all of these steps, make sure you take your time. There’s nothing more stressful than a rushed window buying process. You’re probably going to be spending hundreds if not thousands of pounds so it pays to take as much time as you need to choose the right windows and window provider possible.
This means taking cooling off periods between receiving contracts and signing them, and taking the time to talk with your family or renters about the whole process of getting new windows installed. If you want to have a positive experience, don’t rush into it!