With January sales starting ever earlier each year and time limited offers like 50% off, BOGOF (buy one get one free) or pay for fronts get the back ones free, is January the best time to buy double glazing?
Think about it, everyone is facing the same cold wintry conditions so it is only natural that we consider the cost of heating (as the hum of the heating system as it burns money as radiators pump away) and the amount we could save, if we invested in new, energy efficient, windows.
Supply and demand suggests that if demand is high, so too are the costs. There may be offers on during the January sales, but companies are not usually short of business whilst it is cold, what’s more, those companies who also operate in the social housing or council refurbishment works find themselves really busy, under pressure to manufacture and install windows before the April funding budget is lost.
Obviously there’s no harm starting the process now, getting quotes and visiting showrooms, but you may find that companies are less busy (and therefore more willing to offer a discount) later in the year.
Don’t forget to ask what discounts are available.
Sometimes, you’ll find companies are genuinely prepared to offer discounts if your home is used in marketing, photos or showing others in your area etc, but do ask first because sales people have been known to agree to some random discount just because you suggested something (I’ve heard of a salesman offering a Police discount when one didn’t exist, but only if the order is placed there and then).
On the whole the industry has moved away from the “sign on the night brigade”, but some still pressurise customers into booking the deal there and then. Most decent companies are pleased to confirm their best prices in writing, that way you’ll see exactly the products you are considering. You’ll also have the chance to check online reviews on our site, the accreditations the company is claiming to have and the date the company was formed by using the “companies house” tab.