When you invite a shutter installer, home designer or any kind of home service provider into your Chicago house, you place a lot of faith in them. Unfortunately, some home service companies may exploit your trust, particularly when giving you a quote. To help you in getting the highest quality home services, Sunburst Shutters Chicago has assembled some of the warning signs of a bad shutter quote, and the steps you can take to protect yourself when receiving a Chicago shutter quote and picking what company to do business with.
Remember that while our experience is mainly in shutters and window treatments in Chicago, these tips can apply to any home service, from flooring installers to roofers and beyond.
Signs You’re Being Fooled By a Shutter Quote
The most telltale signs of a bad shutter quote apply to almost every home service sector. Here are a few of the most frequently-seen red flags.
1. The Price Quote You’re Given Is Lower Than Any Other By Far
If you receive a quote for shutters from someone and much lower than anything else you’ve gotten, pay close attention. The seller may be quoting you for a stripped-down product without features that you may have thought came standard. Remember, if it sounds too good to be true, it just might be.
2. They Give A You Phenomenal 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 and wants, or even measuring your windows. A lot goes into picking a great shutter, so if your shutter company doesn’t get all the details correct, there may be a large difference between a quote and the actual price.
3. The Dealer Tells You Their Product is Just Like the Name Brand
A surefire sign that there may be an issue during a shutter or any home service quote is if the sales representative tells you that their product is identical a popular name brand. Each product is different from how it’s built to the material to its finish and beyond. Yet, dealers who provide cheaper products will often tell customers theirs is the same as brand X. They do this to make you feel like you’re getting a high quality product for a low price, when in reality, you’re just buying an inferior product for a lower price.
Ways To Guard Yourself Against Bad Shutter Quotes
Knowing these symptoms 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 make sure you do business with a great shutter company.
1. Check Credentials
Do some research on your shutter seller or home remodeler. Resources like Google Reviews or Angie’s List can give you a great picture of their trustworthiness.
2. Get A Quote in Writing
You’re not always able to trust a quote you get on the phone. Getting a price quote in writing ensures that the details (such as sq. footage, extras, and install details) all correspond with what you think you’re getting. And be sure that the details are on the quote–such as the total area, name and brand of the product, and …in writing!
3. Work Local
Working with a local shutter installer or local contractor gives you less hassle when making sure a quote is for precisely what you want. Sunburst Shutters Chicago is locally owned and operated, and we strive to simplify the whole shutter-buying process from start to finish.
Get a Reliable Shutter Quote in Chicago Today
Get started working with home service companies in Chicago that won’t try to give you phony quotes. Call Sunburst Shutters Chicago today at 847-250-6544
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