Britain’s relationship with the classic windows salesperson is pretty unique to say the least, with the industry having long been infamous for its ‘proactive’ approach to selling windows, doors and conservatories. But what’s interesting these days according to the experts at Novells is the way in which the overwhelming majority of UK homes already have double glazing fitted, meaning that the scramble to get the country switched over to a new standard is pretty much over.
Generally speaking, it’s almost impossible to come across a window fitter or repair company these days that offers anything but double glazing, with the technology having become the everyday norm across the board. As such, what this means from the perspective of the homeowner is more choice than ever before when it comes to which service to use for any given job, but how best to narrow down the field to the very best service provider of all?
Well, the simple answer is that it all comes down to ticking a few essential boxes with regard to the products they offer and their own abilities as a fitter – keep the following pointers in mind and you won’t go far wrong:
1 – How Experienced Are They?
These days, it’s pretty easy for anyone with a bunch of tools and computer to set up a website and advertise themselves as a professional window fitter. In one respect this is a brilliant thing as it has allowed more local businesses to be set up than ever before, but at the same time there’s always that nagging concern that you could be siding with a rank amateur. This is why it’s always a good idea to check into the service’s background before getting started in order to find out how experience or otherwise they are. More experience generally means more skill for the job – the opposite often signalling the contrary.
2 – Specific Expertise
Never forget that while there isn’t necessarily anything wrong with something of a jack-of-all-trades DIY service provider, you’ll only ever get the best results from a fully dedicated, passionate and experienced window fitter. When you need a repair carried out on your car you take it to a garage, just as when your teeth need attention, you go to a dentist. As for your home therefore, when windows are needed you should speak only to a fully dedicated windows and doors specialist rather than a provider that also fits windows and doors.
3 – Beware the Lowest Prices
While it’s of course safe to say that premium quality doors and windows aren’t nearly as expensive as they used to be, it’s also fair to say they still don’t come cheap. As always, there’s a huge and glaring gap between the products right at the top of the market and those lower down, which in turn means it’s crucial that the homeowner in question factor quality into the equation. When a deal pops up that seems almost too good to be true therefore, chances are it probably is. If you deal with a decent dealer, you will always get what you pay for and therefore cannot expect the highest quality if you’re only willing to pay the lowest possible prices.
4 – Local Businesses
There are so many reasons why it pays to go with a smaller, local business than to take your business to one of the nation’s biggest chain operators. For one thing there’s the way in which you’re putting something back into the locality, while at the same time you are much more likely to be given a genuinely personable service package by a local business with a love for the local community. What’s more, dealing with a local business just makes things so much easier from a logistical point of you – their primary base and your own will never be too far apart.
5 – Firm Feedback
Last but not least, it’s of the utmost importance never to go any further forward with any given service provider until you’ve first looked into their feedback and any available case studies. What you’re looking for is evidence that they’ve been able to do what it is they promise they can do consistently and to the delight of customers each and every time. Their own site should feature plenty of feedback, but if there’s none to be found, then a quick web search should do the job. Either way you’re sure to find something quite revealing as this in the only information you can generally choose to be untainted and unbiased.