Not strictly DIY, but I'm too old for ladders these days, so I want some
quotes for fitted uPVC double glazing. It seems impossible to obtain an
online quote although I'm quite capable of measuring my windows and
specifying the design of windows required. All companies seem to want to
visit me and no doubt bore me to tears for several hours, and then offer me
silly discounts after several phone calls to their 'manager', provided I
sign on the dotted line today! I've been through this before (haven't we
all). All I want is a decent price and a decent installation without any
hassle. Any ideas?
We have just had the last of our windows replaced. Used a small local
company. Competitive and used good materials. Fitted in under 3 weeks.
Whether they will be there in ten years time to honour the guarantee
is another matter.
Once had Anglia in for a quote. Never again
I recently got in a small local company to replace 9 windows.. No pressure.
Gave me a written quote there and then with drawings of each window showing
size and style. I gave the go ahead before he left.
A surveyor subsequently came round to measure up accurately and make sure
the windows got made to conform to building regs etc. Windows fitted and
I've just received a FENSA certificate.
If you go to one of the National companies you will likely encounter the
salesman that won't go away without an order.
Identical experience here, in virtually every detail. We wanted 12 windows
inc 2 large bays, plus 2 doors.
Local firm won hands down on price, service and lead-times. Only required
10% deposit. Balance on satisfactory completion.
They employee all their people full-time - no "here-today-gone-tomorrow"
A couple of very minor issues a few weeks later - they turned up the same
day - job sorted.
FENSA all ok - and our guarantee was insured, so no worries there either.
Remember, the local guys haven't got a big advertising budget or massive
commissions to pay - so they depend on reputation and have lower costs.
Hope you're getting the message loud and clear :-))))
When I needed 12 windows and 3 doors replaced with uPVC double glazing last
year I asked neighbours, friends and family for their recommendations based
on their experiences of using LOCAL firms. They came up with 3 firms, I
narrowed it down to two, then went to their showrooms with my measurements
for a rough quote and a chat. That narrowed it down to one firm. I invited
the salesman round, there was no pressure to buy, no silly discounts or
phone calls to their 'manager', and I placed the order confident that I was
choosing the best firm. The surveyor came round a couple of weeks later to
do accurate measurements and detailed specifications. He gave us excellent
advice about things that we were not aware of but which were really
important in getting the installation and appearance right. About six weeks
later two fitters spent 5 days doing the work. They did a brilliant job and
I wouldn't hesitate using the same firm again. I once made the mistake of
agreeing to a salesman visiting from one of the national firms and got the
offer of silly discounts after phoning their manager that you describe. They
didn't get an order.
dont u just love it whn they phone thier manager, i got moben out just to
give us ideas and he did the manager thing, i told him i knew that trick and
showed him the door
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