What To Expect During Your In-Home Shutter Consultation03/26/2019Eric Ramsey As you begin the window treatment buying process, some companies, like Sunburst, start out with an in-home consultation. By taking products to your home, we can demonstate how different window treatments would look with your decor. Now you can create an informed decision by understanding how each window treatment looks in your own room. But what actually goes on during an in-home consultation? And how will bringing samples to your home enable you to better choose the perfect window treatment? Different companies may have different procedures for their in-home consultation, but here is what you will get during your Sunburst appointment. Stepping Through A Typical In-Home Shutters Consultation Start by scheduling an appointment by calling your local representative. If you already know what window covering you want, like our Polywood® plantation shutter, then we will make sure to show you a variety of options for your preferred treatment. We will also show alternatives, so you can be sure that your windows match your ideal. During the actual appointment, we’ll sit down and discuss what you want in a window treatment. We’ll cover issues like your lighting, privacy, and energy efficiency ideas, and we’ll ask about hard-to-reach or specialty-shaped windows. Your consultant will also want to know how the room is used and what style you are looking to attain. And it’s normal if you don’t know exactly what you want, as we’ll explain all your options. You may have to see many different window treatments and contrast each style against each other. Most clients want to look at a few different treatments, like comparing Polywood with our real-wood Ovation® shutters or choosing the best stain to match the room. We’ll also demonstrate all the options available for the shutter, shade, or blind, like available colors, louver sizes, or hidden tilt-rods. After you decide on a treatment, we’ll take percise measurements of your windows. We generally measure the windows in each room—even if you only want to fit treatments for a portion of the house. We do this because many of our clients ask to get future products with just a phone call. Finally, we will guide you through a detailed, written quote, so there are no hidden costs on your invoice. Signs Of A Poor In-Home Shutter Consultation While we are sure that Sunburst will perform an easy and enjoyable in-home consultation, there are some red flags you should never see from any window treatment rep. After all, the quality of the consultation usually equals the quality of the window treatments. First, your rep should treat your home with respect. The rep should come to your house when promised, with all samples requested, and offer to prevent floor scuffs with shoe booties. Your representative should always have product and company literature and pricing details. In regards to pricing, you should expect a complete written quote. Don’t accept a large pricing range, scrawled on a blank page or the back of a business card. And never accept pricing estimates before they take any window measurements. You need to know how much product and installation should cost. If an estimate ever seems sketchy or unreasonable, simply ask for references and search for the store’s online reviews. Find The Perfect Window Treatments At Your Sunburst In-Home Consultation At Sunburst, we strive to match our clients’ windows with a quality window treatment. Our salespeople are always courteous, professional, and knowledgeable. And we will always walk you through a detailed pricing estimate and product information. Just contact us at 813-580-7288 to arrange your in-home consultation.