So, you’re in the process of building your home. You’ve decided upon the size and layout of the house, the building material, the interior décor – everything. Now, you have to find the right suppliers for your doors and windows – and this is where things can take a turn for the worse. There are so many suppliers in the market and it can be difficult to discern who you can trust.
Of course, the temptation is to go for the one who gives you the cheapest quote. But beware, you will only get what you pay for and the whole thing can quickly become a complete disaster. You have to take your time and ask questions before making a final decision. After all, you do want everything to go well. Here are some tips that can help you decide which supplier to go with.
1. Look For Experience
This one seems obvious yet many of us don’t consider the experience of the supplier. If a business has been around for a long time, it means that it has good financial backing. You don’t have to worry about the business shutting down and any warranties you get becoming worthless. An experienced supplier will also be able to discern your needs and give you advice that can actually help.
2. Find Out Who the Installer Works For
Ask whether the installers are employees of the supplier or whether they are contractors. If the supplier is the employer, it makes things much easier if you have to go to the company with your concerns. If the installers are contractors, you will have to go through dubious middlemen. Another advantage of the installer being an employee is that he or she will know the suppliers products well and can do the installation efficiently.
3. Check Out Online Reviews
Go online and do some research, especially when it comes to customer service. There are plenty of websites that not only provide with a list of suppliers but also have ratings and reviews that you can go through. Recent reviews will tell you what to expect in terms of the quality of the product, the quality of the installation and what their service is like.
4. Determine Where the Doors and Windows Come From
The supplier can be the manufacturer of the doors and windows or it may purchase them from the manufacturer. Naturally, the first type is really the one you want to be considering because it will give you in-depth information about the products. Also, since the doors and windows are locally made, they will be suited to local climate and weather.
5. Understand the Installation Process
Ask the supplier to take you through the process of installation. Professional and dedicated suppliers will examine your current entrances and egresses, tell you what materials they’ll be using, what will happen during the installation process and how much time it will take. This way you can make sure that the company cleans up behind itself. They can even take the old doors and windows.
6. Find a Supplier Who Innovates
Market trends change fairly frequently. A supplier who also does research and development can keep up with the latest materials, their suitability for the local environment, the sources and variety of raw material and your preferences. Such a supplier ensures that your experience with them is of the first quality.
7. Make Sure Your Needs Are Heard
You don’t want a supplier who runs roughshod over your needs and preferences. At the same time, you aren’t the expert; the supplier is. Talk to different suppliers to determine which one can balance both sides the best. An experienced and professional supplier will know how to accommodate your preferences while giving you the best possible choices.