Signs Of a Bad Quote on Shutters in Tampa03/27/2017Eric Ramsey When you let a shutter installer, home remodeler or any other home service provider into your Tampa house, you put a lot of faith in those service providers. Sadly, some home service companies can exploit that trust, particularly during the quoting process. To help you in getting great home services, Sunburst Shutters Tampa has assembled some tips on how to know when you’re being fooled by a shutter quote, and the steps you can take to guard yourself when getting a Tampa shutter quote and picking what company to do business with. Note that while our expertise is primarily in shutters and window treatments in Tampa, these can apply to any home service, from flooring installers to roofers and beyond. Signs You’re Being Fooled During a Shutter Quote The biggest giveaways that you’re being fooled during a shutter quote apply to just about every home service. Here are some of the most frequent red flags. The Price Quote You’re Given Is The Lowest By Far If you receive a quote for shutters from someone and much lower than anything else you’ve gotten, be on your toes. The company might be quoting you for a super basic product that doesn’t include the options you thought you were getting. Remember the saying, if it looks too good to be true, it is. You Get A Fantastic Price Quote Sight Unseen Some shutter companies might quote you a great price on shutters without ever looking at your windows, asking about your unique needs and wants, or even measuring the dimensions. There’s a lot that goes into picking a great shutter, so if your shutter dealer doesn’t get all the little things precise, there may be a large difference between a quote and the actual price. The Dealer Tells You Their Product is the Same as the Name Brand A reliable sign of a bad shutter quote or any home service quote is if the service provider insists that their product is the same as the name brand. Each product is different–from material used to construction methods to paint finish and beyond. Yet, companies that provide cheaper products will often tell customers theirs is the same as brand X. They do this to make you believe you’re getting a superior product for a low price, when you might just be buying an inferior product for a lower price. Tips To Protect Yourself Against Phony Shutter Quotes Knowing these signs of a bum quote can save you money and stress in the long run, but you can also take a few precautions to make sure you work with a great shutter company. Check Their Credentials Do your research on your shutter dealer or home remodeler. Resources like Yelp or Google Reviews can give you a clear image of the company’s reliability. Get Your Quote in Writing Don’t always trust a quote you get over the phone. Getting a price quote in writing ensures that the details (like sq. footage, extras, and installation details) all match what you have in mind. And be sure that the details are on the quote–such as the total square footage, name/brand of the product, and …in writing! Work Locally Working with a local shutter provider or local contractor gives you fewer hoops to jump through when making sure a quote is for precisely what you need. Sunburst Shutters Tampa is locally owned and operated, and we strive to simplify the whole shutter-buying process from start to finish. Get a Reliable Shutter Quote in Tampa Today Get started working with home service companies in Tampa that won’t try to give you bum quotes. Call Sunburst Shutters Tampa today at 813-580-7288 or use the form below to set up a free in-home consultation and get your home project started on the right foot.