When buying Window Treatments you have a choice: a Professional Window Treatment or a Do It Yourself one. Do you have rounded walls or specialty windows? Do you have windows of all different shapes and sizes that each require something different? Do you have lots of windows you want done? If so, you may want a professional’s help.
Not Sure What You Want Or Need?
Use A Professional’s Knowledge and Experience
Professional Window Coverings Consultants and Designers work with manufacturers and installers everyday. They know what’s available for the type of windows you have and where to get it. They know what works and what doesn’t so they can keep you from making costly mistakes.
Use A Professional’s Technology
Some companies have technology and software that can show you what your windows will look like with different window coverings. That makes it much easier to choose the covering without blindly guessing what will look good. This saves you from spending money on something that you thought would look good, but didn’t.
This tool makes it really easy to experiment with all sort of styles and colors.
Do You Have A Lot Of Different Types Of Windows
If you have a large house full of windows, doing them all yourself may just be too much. You may be very enthusiastic at the beginning but will you be just as eager and precise towards the end?
Many homes have windows of differing sizes and shapes which complicates things even more. One window may require extreme sun shading and another may need something very decorative and still another may need shutters.
What if the shutter company doesn’t have the decorative shades you want and the shade company doesn’t have a covering with adequate sun protection and… Looking around at various companies to get different coverings can get very time consuming very quickly.
An experienced professional will mostly likely know where to go to get what you need. If not, they will do the legwork to find it saving your valuable time.
How Will I Be Billed?
Some companies will charge by the hour for their time and others will have trip charges for consultations. Know how you are being charged and for what so you don’t get any surprise bills.
We recommend asking for a complementary initial consultation to ask a few questions and make sure you trust this person to do your window coverings. A professional’s time and knowledge are valuable so s/he will no doubt limit the consultation to no more than an hour. After that, you’re on the clock.
Getting A Quote
You can get consultation rates and maybe a ballpark figure for your professional window treatments over the phone but an accurate, binding quote can only be given by someone who has actually looked at your windows.
The more information you can give him/her the better. Tell him/her both what you want and what you don’t want and let him/her know how flexible you are and what types of options you may be open to. The more information you can give, the happier you will be with the professional window treatment you are offered.