Time to backtrack for a minute. One of my friends at Evergreen Door & Window pointed out to me that I missed an important piece of the puzzle – how to save money AFTER you’ve picked your contractor, but BEFORE you sign on the bottom line.
In this economy, many manufacturers offer some sort of promotion or incentive to their dealers, and reputable dealers will share those incentives with their customers. Some dealers advertise monthly promotions of some sort, which may be linked ot a manufacturer’s promotion. Even if your contractor isn’t advertising a special, it never hurts to ask. In order to get your business, they will make every effort to get you the best deal they can. That might include no charge high performance glass, or rebates on specific purchases, for instance.
One caveat – make sure you are really getting a deal. Some unscrupulous contractors (I will NOT name any names here) will tell you they are giving you a discount or a “special” price, but they stick it to you somewhere else in your contract.
So, I direct you back to a previous post – check them out with the Better Business Bureau – look for complaints of unfair pricing, false promises, things like that. If in doubt, don’t sign anything!
But also remember this – you won’t know if you don’t ask – that goes for the good things as well as the bad!
Talk to my friends at Evergreen Door & Window for their current promotions when you are ready for your next exterior renovation project. Tell them Rae the Renovator sent you!