When you let a shutter installer, home designer or any other home service representative into your Charlotte home, you put a lot of trust in them. Sadly, some home service companies may exploit that trust, particularly when they give you a quote. To aid you in getting the highest quality home services, Sunburst Shutters Charlotte has put together some tips on recognizing when you’re being fooled during a shutter quote, and the things you can do to guard yourself when receiving a Charlotte shutter quote and selecting what company to do business with.
Note that while our experience is primarily in shutters and window fashions in Charlotte, these can apply to any home service, from home security installers to painters and more.
Signs of a Bad Shutter Quote
The most telltale signs that you’re being fooled during a shutter quote apply to just about every home service. These are a few of the most typical warning signs.
1. The Price Quote You’re Given Is The Lowest By Far
If you get a quote for shutters from someone and it blows the competition out of the water, be careful. The company might be quoting you for a super basic product that doesn’t take a lot of considerations into account. Remember the saying, if it appears too good to be true, it is.
2. You Get A Fantastic Price Quote Sight Unseen
Some shutter companies might quote you a fantastic price on shutters without ever going near your window, asking about your unique needs, or even measuring the dimensions. A lot goes into picking the right shutter, so if your shutter dealer can’t get all the details exactly right, there can be a big gap between a quote and the final price.
3. The Dealer Tells You Their Product is Just Like the Name Brand
A reliable sign that there may be an issue during a shutter or any home service quote is if the dealer tells you that their product is identical a popular name brand. Each product is different–from material used to construction methods to paint finish and more. Yet, companies that offer cheaper products commonly parrot that theirs is just like brand X. This is done to make you feel like you’re getting a superior product for a low price, when you might just be buying an inferior product at a matching price.
How To Guard Yourself Against Phony Home Service Quotes
Being aware of these signs of a bum quote can save you money and stress in the long run, but you can also take a number of steps to make sure you do business with a great shutter company.
1. Check Credentials
Do some research on your shutter company or home service provider. Resources like the BBB or Angie’s List can give you a great image of their reliability.
2. Get Your Quote in Writing
You’re not always able to trust a quote you get over the phone. Getting a price quote in writing lets you check that the details (including square footage, shutter extras, and install details) all correspond with what you think you’re getting. And make sure the details are on the quote–such as the total square footage, name/brand of the product, and warranty specifics–in writing!
3. Work Locally
Working with a local shutter dealer or local contractor gives you less hassle when making sure a quote is for precisely what you want. Sunburst Shutters Charlotte is locally owned and operated, and we strive to make the whole shutter-buying process as transparent as possible from start to finish.
Get a Reliable Shutter Quote in Charlotte Today
Start working with home service companies in Charlotte that won’t try to give you phony quotes. Call Sunburst Shutters Charlotte today at 980-231-1116
or use the form below to schedule a free in-home consultation and get your purchase started on the right foot.