You have decided to show your windows a little TLC; you know what style of blinds you like and your budget is set out, now all that is left to do is to go into a store and order them right? Wrong.
Like with any type of renovations or purchases for the home it’s important the purpose has been determined and you know what you are paying for – and the only way you really know this is by shopping around, doing your research and asking questions.
The room’s purpose is a key indicator to help you decide if the style of window treatment you like is suitable. It can be easy to pick what you like based on initial appearance, but researching into what works best for each room in terms of privacy, energy efficiency and materials goes a long way. For those that are still a little undecided, the latest trend in the industry is >roller blinds with their stylish look, affordable price tag and versatility in blending with you existing home décor.
It’s easy to be sucked into the typical sales pitfalls and tempted into an immediate purchase of buying something you didn’t really want or that doesn’t fit with your room’s purpose. To ensure you are getting the most for your money, obtain at least three quotes and consider these questions when speaking to the company or salesman.
1. Do You Charge According to the Window Size?
Check the pricing structure for your window dressings and how this benefits the size of your window. There is no good being charged a flat rate for all window sizes if the area you’re buying for is only small, you will just lose money.
2. Does Your Insurance Cover Accidental Damage or Damage Caused From Installation?
No matter how much care is taken into the installation process, accidents are always a possibility with any form of renovations. Make sure you ask the company if there is insurance and what this will cover should anything happen. Knowing this prior to the installation process will keep your mind at ease.
3. Can I see a Portfolio of Work or Testimonials?
A company’s reputation and previous work is one the main points that showcases them and what they can offer you. Most websites will have adequate information and pictures to give you a good feel if they can give you what you are after. Check the testimonials page or any discussion forums that can point you in the right direction.
Don’t be afraid to ask to see a portfolio of work, or work done on a specific room or in a specific style to visually see if this will suit your needs. Any reputable company will be more than willing to show off their work for previous clients to help you in making the final decision.
4. Do You Require Any Advance Payments?
Whilst it can be normal for a company to ask for a deposit, it is very rare for a reputable company to ask for a full payment before the work is done to ensure 100% customer satisfactory. If you are asked to pay a deposit upfront, it’s always a good idea with anything to make the payment via your credit card. This will work out better in the long run if there is ever a dispute.
5. Are There Any Hidden Extras You Will Charge Me For?
With any trustworthy window treatment purchase, there will always be a clear outline of the charges to be included in your invoice. Asking the direct question if there are extras that you will be charged for will leave no room for misunderstanding and save you from getting hit with additional costs later.
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