When someone starts doing the legwork to buy a house, they rarely step foot inside the first house, look around and say, “I’ll take it.” Instead, they visit various homes. They compare each house and make the best possible decision. The same principle applies to choosing a window and door company. Searching around various companies, asking the right questions, getting quotes and comparing your results will get you the best possible Company.
Compare everything you can when you are looking at a quote. Look at each company’s timeline, warranty, service guarantees, material list, and an explanation of the process, extra costs and references. Make sure you get as much as you can in writing. Don’t be afraid to ask a company to put something in writing if they don’t have it available right away.
An Accurate Average
There are thousands upon thousands of window and door companies out there; each offering something a little different. Just two quotes won’t be an accurate reflection of the industry. The more quotes you collect, the better you can educate yourself about what your options are. 3 quotes from reputable companies is usually enough.
As a general rule, you shouldn’t go with the cheapest price. It’s always better to err on the side of good workmanship, product quality and after-sales-service than to pay too little in the first place.
Something Different Every Time
Those Toronto window and door companies want your business, so a portion of them are going to offer something you won’t get elsewhere. This could be free maintenance, a better warranty or even a coupon for window washing. Getting multiple quotes helps you compare apples to apples. You can line up each company’s quote and figure out who is giving you the best installation, the best service, the best warranty and the best unique perk.
Playing the Field
If you have multiple quotes in your hand, you might be able to use one of them as leverage to negotiate. Approach the company that you like the best and ask them if they can offer a warranty to match or better payment terms or a slight discount. The worst they can say is ‘no.’