Every city and suburb in Colorado has its share of good and honest window replacement contractors. However, we can’t deny the fact that there are unscrupulous individuals who will try to take advantage of homeowners who don’t know any better. In today’s post, Renewal by Andersen® of Denver discusses some of the most common window replacement scams and how you can avoid them.
“We have the lowest prices anywhere”
While discounted windows are not uncommon, contractors and manufacturers can only go so low. Remember the saying: “if it’s too good to be true, it probably is.” If someone comes along and offers an incredibly low price on window replacement services, don’t just sign on the dotted line. Ask for a written estimate, scrutinize the terms and conditions, and review the cost breakdown. Chances are you’ll find cost-cutting measures like low-quality windows and accessories, small window sizes or a bare-bones warranty coverage.
It’s also worth mentioning that contractors in the building and remodeling business do not offer a flat rate for their products and services. This is because each home is unique — with many variables involved, so no two estimates can be the same.
“Get this low price if you sign now”
You’ve probably had contractors or salespeople offer you a “special” low price, but only if you sign it today. Unscrupulous individuals use these pressure tactics to make the customer rush or even skip reading the estimate and overlook certain details. An honest contractor will not resort to such tactics. As a customer, you should be given enough time to review the contract, ask questions, and make revisions before applying your signature, all within a reasonable timeframe. If you feel you’re being pressured to sign a contract, walk away.
The Bait-and-Switch Tactic
A window replacement bait-and-switch scheme goes something like this: a contractor will offer a certain type of replacement window, but the estimate may be worded in such a way that it doesn’t specify a make or model. Once the homeowner signs the contract, the contractor will substitute a similar but cheaper replacement window. To protect yourself against this and other types of scams, review the estimate carefully, pay attention to red flags, and take the time to research a replacement window company’s credentials.
Renewal by Andersen® of Denver is one of the most trusted window replacement companies serving Denver and the surrounding communities. Give us a call at (303) 968-3287 or fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment.