Window Shopping? You’re smart because you’re shopping around for replacement windows. Everyone wants the best deal on replacement windows, but how do you find it? More importantly, how do you know a good deal when you see it? We’re going to give you the insider tips, so you’ll be window shopping like a pro in no time!
Winter – fewer people are buying windows. In the end of season (winter months) contractors are trying to finish off strong for the year and might be more willing to negotiate pricing. Also, during the winter season, it is generally slower and contractors often have reduced pricing or package deals to spark interest. Contractors need to keep their crews working. Being flexible is key to negotiating during this time. For example: the contractor has a gap in the schedule in two weeks, if you can be flexible and help them fill that gap, then you just might get a great deal!
Spring – During the beginning of the window buying season, springtime, companies are trying to kick off their sales. There are often promotions from manufacturers, and you can usually find great deals during this time. Some manufacturer promotions are only available through certain contractors. Do some research into the brands and what their current offerings might be. It’s a good idea to have a few different options in mind. If you’re flexible in timing, try researching past promotions from manufacturers and contractors to gauge when you might be able to get the next one.
If you’re not in a hurry to get new windows, then you can play around with timing. You may even want to try gathering only quotes and information for a year, in order to plan the following year’s best value timing.
Look for window products based on their overall value. Seeking only the cheapest replacement windows, may lead to problems down the road, in turn costing more in the long run. Remember, you’re looking for the best deal! Look for efficiency ratings, brand reputation, strength, versatility, and style. Energy efficient windows may cost more up front, but will save you in heating in cooling costs. Good quality windows also add value to your home. After finding the right product to fit your needs, you can then find out which specific contractors carry the correct brand. When comparing contractors who carry the same brand, you can then negotiate pricing options and find the best option for you. Coming to the contractor well researched with brands in mind will put you at the head of the negotiating table.
3.) Choice of Contractor
Well established window contractors work out special relationships with manufacturers, so they negotiate volume pricing to get you the best deal possible. For example, Opal Enterprises of Naperville has an established volume pricing with their manufacturers, such as Andersen Windows and Beechworth Windows. Paying less for product means more focus can be placed on the quality of service for the same replacement windows.
Shopping around for the right contractor is essential, not only because of price, but because of long term value. Proper window installation will reduce the risk of costly problems down the road – saving you money. On top of that, quality window contractors may be able to offer extended warranties if they are certified in the manufacturer’s window installation techniques. It’s important to compare both price and quality, seeking the best value rather than the cheapest. Bottom line, do your research and ask for credentials when choosing the right window contractor to install your replacement windows.
Knowing your options and choosing the right company to take care of you is especially important. Opal Enterprises not only offers the best quality workmanship around but also takes pride in offering great customer care and support. We strive to get you the absolute best value for our stellar service and product line.
Opal Enterprises is a top exterior home renovation contractor in Naperville and Glenview Illinois, serving homeowners across Chicagoland.
Contact our highly credentialed team for a free quote on your replacement window project today!