3 Signs You Received a Poor Quote on Your Shutters in Seattle
When you let a window treatment professional, home designer or any type of home service provider into your Seattle home, you put a lot of trust in them. Unfortunately, some home service providers may exploit your trust, most notably during the quoting process. To help make sure that you receive quality home services, Sunburst Shutters Washington has put together some of the symptoms of a bad shutter quote, and the things you can do to guard yourself when getting a Seattle shutter quote and choosing a shutter company.
Note that while our expertise is primarily in shutters and window treatments in Seattle, these can apply to any home service, from flooring installers to roofers and more.
Signs You’re Being Fooled During a Shutter Quote
The biggest giveaways of a bad shutter quote apply to almost every home service sector. These are a few of the most commonly-seen warning signs.
1. The Price Quote You Get Is The Lowest By Far
If you receive a quote for shutters from someone and it blows the competition out of the water, be on your toes. The service provider may be quoting you for a super basic product with several features removed that you thought were included. Remember the saying, if it looks too good to be true, it probably is.
2. You Get A Phenomenal Price Quote Sight Unseen
Some companies might quote you an awesome price on shutters without ever looking at your windows, asking about your unique wants, or even measuring your windows. A lot goes into picking the right shutter, so if your shutter provider doesn’t get all the details precise, there can be a significant gap between a quote and the actual price.
3. The Dealer Insists That Their Product is Identical to the Name Brand
A reliable sign of a bad shutter quote or any home service quote is if the salesperson insists that their product is identical a popular name brand. Each product is unique from how it’s built to the material to its finish and more. Yet, companies who sell 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 high quality product for a low price, when you might just be buying an inferior product at a matching price.
Tips To Guard Yourself During Shutter Quotes
Being aware of these signs of a phony quote can save you money and stress in the long run, but there are also a few proactive steps you can take to ensure that you do business with a trustworthy shutter company.
1. Check Credentials
Do a little research on your shutter seller or home service provider. Resources like Yelp or Google Reviews can give you a good image of their 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, extras, and installation details) all match what you have in mind. And be sure that the details are on the quote–such as the total square footage, name/brand of the product, and details of the warranty–in writing!
3. Work Local
Working with a local shutter installer or local contractor gives you less stress when making sure a quote is for precisely what you want. Sunburst Shutters Washington is locally owned and managed, and we strive to make the whole shutter-buying process as easy as possible from start to finish.