Always do your research before choosing a window replacement. In addition to the window frame materials most suited to your local climate, you should also do a bit of research on common window replacement scams and manipulative sales tactics.
Low Prices That Are Too Good to Be True
If a deal or discount sounds too good to be true, you should check the fine print and inspect the replacement windows closely. There are several reasons why the price of certain windows dropped. For instance, it’s possible that they’re made from materials not suited to the local climate, have defects, or come in a size that isn’t common in homes in your area. Remember: if a deal is too good to be true, then it probably is.
Limited-Time, Buy-Now Discounts
A common tactic used to drive up sales is to inflate the prices of windows (sometimes by as much as 50%) and lower them to their original price point for a day or so. That’s why you should never feel pressured to buy new windows on the spot. Remember: impulse buys almost always lead to buyer’s remorse.
The Bait and Switch
As the name suggests, bait and switch is a sales tactic that uses bait (which in this case is a great deal on windows) to catch customers’ attention. Once a salesman has got your attention, the person will then switch to a more expensive product. Other times, a company may try to make changes or offer a different product after you’ve already agreed to buy the replacement windows on sale.
How to Avoid Window Replacement Scams
Here’s a tip: check if the company has a rating with the Better Business Bureau (BBB). The BBB is an independent non-profit that assigns a rating to businesses based on their adherence to ethical business practices. As such, if you’re dealing with a BBB-accredited contractor, you can rest easy knowing that the company won’t use aggressive sales tactics and will handle your window replacement installation and insurance repairs properly.
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