Is A Down Payment Really Necessary When You Get Replacement Windows?
You’ve probably heard one or two horror stories about some window companies. After demanding some amount for the down payment of a replacement window project, they tear down your house, and disrupt your lives. And then they would demand more money and try to delay the work if you don’t give in. Other contractors would disappear and so does your money leaving behind an uncompleted project.
Because of these stories, many homeowners have become suspicious of window companies that require a down payment before going ahead with the project. Although there are honest contractors, whether we admit it or not, there are also those who are out for the obvious- to get your check and cash it in.
In the spirit of fairness however, asking for an upfront fee has long been a standard practice in the home remodeling industry. This is actually necessary since a lot of materials used in the production of the windows are special order and which contractors have to pay to produce the windows apart from the permits needed to get the project rolling.
However, the rule of thumb for down payment is that is usually does not exceed 25% of the total cost of the replacement project. If your contractor demands more than that, be wary. More so if the company asks for full payment even before the project starts. Remember, “he who has the money is in control”.
In order to ensure a successful replacement window installation project, it is crucial that you do your homework. Make sure that you know how the project is going to be carried out. Ask what they will do before, during, and after the installation. Most importantly, make sure that you will be satisfied with the results without incurring unnecessary or unexpected expenses just to get them.
The bottom line is that you need to choose your contractor properly. Verify their previous works and don’t be afraid to ask questions. If you don’t feel right or comfortable about something, it may be best to back off. Always err on the side of caution.
If you choose Zen Windows Boston, a significant burden is already taken off your shoulders right off the bat. You don’t have to worry about being ripped off of your hard-earned money because we don’t require any upfront fees. In fact, we don’t get paid unless we complete the installation in your home and you are 100% satisfied.
By not demanding any down payment, we are actually letting our clients know two important things about us. First, we have full confidence in the quality of our products. The second thing is that we stand behind our team to be able to carry out the project in a professional and seamless manner.