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A Fair Price for Replacement Windows?

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Unlike gas or electricity, prices for replacement windows aren’t regulated, that’s to say a company can set its own prices, charge what it wants to for the work which is being undertaken.

Like anything, its important to compare like for like, apples with apples etc, and yet each company makes their products differently, different sections are used, different glass is used, the handles, fittings, reinforcement, the quality of the materials, every aspect is different so it is pretty well impossible to get an accurate comparison, that’s why so many people just compare the prices!

Here are a few tips to help you,

Firstly you must understand what things means, GGF, WER’s, SBD, EST, BBA etc (see our jargon busters), then you must decide which of these are important, and which you wish to have on your new windows.

Then, ask companies to quote including the items you want, some will say it’s not important (they mean its probably expensive and their company doesn’t consider it important)

Remember that there are two types of sales people, those that earn a commission for what they sell, often self employed, and those that are salaried or perhaps its their own business.

The first only earn when you buy and often may make more if you buy at an inflated price, so don’t be afraid to haggle. If they start falling with managers discounts, one day specials, show home deals, sign on the night offers it is pretty well guaranteed that they are on a commission and want you to sign so you don’t see anyone else.

The latter ones rarely discount, they generally price a job with what it is worth to them, at that time. This is an area worth exploring, sometimes companies are rushed with lots of orders so unlikely to consider any form of discounts, sometimes they are light on work or have a specific shortage for a week or two so will offer some encouragement if its done to their timetable.

Do get quotes in writing, do spend time understanding what companies include and what they omit. Consider looking at other work they claim to have done in the area, and study the warranties on offer.

All companies must offer insurance backed deposit and warranty guarantees.

Finally consider paying by credit card as that gives better protection and sign any contaract in your home NOT their showroom as you are then covered by the sale of goods act, and have a 14 day period to change you mind!

Editors Tip:
Do get quotes in writing, do spend time understanding what companies include and what they omit.

Consider looking at other work they claim to have done in the area, and study the warranties on offer.

All companies must offer insurance backed deposit and warranty guarantees.

Finally consider paying by credit card as that gives better protection and sign any contract in your home NOT their showroom as you are then covered by the sale of goods act, and have a 14 day period to change you mind!


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