When you invite a window treatment installer, home designer or any kind of home service rep into your Boston home, you put a lot of faith in those service providers. Sadly, some home service companies can exploit your trust, most notably when giving you a quote. To help ensure you get the highest quality home services, we’ve assembled some tips on recognizing when you’re being fooled during a shutter quote, and the steps you can take to guard yourself when receiving a Boston shutter quote and picking what company to do business with.
Note that while our experience is primarily in shutters and window accessories in Boston, these points can apply to any home service, from home security installers to painters and more.
Signs of a Bad 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 Quote You’re Given Is Far And Away The Best
If you receive a shutter quote from someone and it’s far and away the best you’ve seen, pay close attention. The company may be quoting you for a baseline product that doesn’t take a lot of considerations into account. Remember, if it appears too good to be true, it probably is.
2. They Give A You Great Price Quote Sight Unseen
Some shutter companies might quote you a fantastic price on shutters without ever going near your window, asking about your specific needs and wants, or even measuring the dimensions. A lot goes into picking a great shutter, so if your shutter provider doesn’t get all the details precise, there can be a significant difference between a quote and the actual price.
3. The Salesperson Tells You Their Product is Identical to the Name Brand
A reliable sign that there may be an issue during a shutter or any home service quote is if the dealer insists that their product is identical the name brand. Each product is different–from material used to construction methods to paint finish and beyond. Yet, companies who provide cheaper products commonly parrot that theirs is the same as brand X. It’s done to make you believe you’re getting a superior product for a low price, when you’re probably buying a lower-quality product at a matching price.
Ways To Guard Yourself Against Bad Shutter Quotes
Being aware of these symptoms of a bad quote can save you money and stress in the long run, but there are also a number of proactive steps you can take to ensure that you work with a trustworthy shutter company.
1. Check Credentials
Do your research on your shutter dealer or home remodeler. Resources like the BBB or Angie’s List can give you a clear picture of the company’s trustworthiness.
2. Get A Quote in Writing
Don’t always trust a quote you get on the phone. Getting a price quote in writing ensures that the details (such as square footage, shutter extras, and install specifics) all match what you think you’re getting. And make sure the details are on the quote–like the total square footage, name/brand of the product, and details of the warranty–in writing!
3. Work Local
Working with a local shutter seller or local contractor gives you fewer hoops to jump through when making sure a quote is for exactly what you want. Sunburst Shutters Boston is locally owned and operated, and we work to simplify the entire shutter-buying process from start to finish.
Get a Reliable Shutter Quote in Boston Today
Get started working with a shutter company in Boston that won’t try to fool you with bad quotes. Call Sunburst Shutters Boston today at 781-352-2205
or use the form below to set up a free in-home consultation and get your shutter buy started right.