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Replacement Window Rip-Offs

Nov 17, 2007
At some point in time, every home owner will have to hire a contractor to replace the windows in there home. And for most people, vinyl replacement windows will be the style of window chosen because of the energy efficient characteristics and affordable cost usually associated with them.

But low cost is not always what you get. Many contractors and home improvement centers use what is called a bait and switch tactic to get you into the store or to get into your home. Once they have your interest, they tell you how bad that low cost series window is and that you really need a better line of window if you want to get your moneys worth.

This practice is widely used and many home owners have felt trapped by pushy salesman and think they have to buy the upgrade in order to get the quality window they want.

But getting a quality window doesn't have to be like this. There are many different brands of quality vinyl windows that provide excellent efficiency and smooth operating sashes. You can get everything from double hung windows to bow and bay windows for an affordable price if you know what to look for and where to look.

You also need to avoid the low cost gimmicks you see spread through sales papers and flyers. You can do this by researching the different brands of windows on the market before you request an estimate. All you need is internet access and about an hour to review the information provided by the manufacturers.

Do a quick search for vinyl replacement windows and go the manufacturer's website. You will find all the info you need to know which series from each window manufacturer is right for you.

Once you have found the windows you want, and then search for a contractor that provides those windows and give them a call or request an estimate online. Make sure you include a comment about the windows you are looking for or tell them what you have been looking at if you call them.

This will keep them from trying to hit you with the bait and switch move since they know you have already done research on the product and that you're already aware of which vinyl windows are cheap and which are good quality. Even though you really just know enough to be dangerous, by presenting yourself as if you know something about windows, you will save yourself from being ripped off and from paying too much for someone to replace your windows.

You can also call or go visit a local distribution center and look at the windows first hand. Most distributors will be more that happy to show you their windows and give you brochures that will describe the benefits of each window they sell. They can also be a good source for locating a certified window contractor. The distributors will usually only recommend the most well known contractors that have a good history with them.

So in summary, just be cautious and make sure you do your homework before you start making phone calls. This will save you time, money and ensure you get the best windows for your home.
About the Author
Get more info on vinyl replacement windows or get help from Window Contractors online at the Contractors Forum, lead by Shane Hester and the web team of WebFirstCreations.
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