If you want to replace your windows but you are on a strict budget, you may feel as if your options are incredibly limited. Though this is the case, it is still possible to replace your windows at a low price that fits your budget and your life. Below, you will find several tips for getting window replacement on the cheap.
#1 – Avoid Authorized Dealers
An authorized dealer is a fancy term for someone who sells only one brand of windows. This limits the brand-to-brand competition, and often drives up prices. When you need replacement windows, find a company that sells several brands. This way, you can take advantage of sale prices and retail competition.
#2 – Choose Cheaper Materials
Vinyl replacement windows are the cheapest you can buy, but they are also quite durable and have a very long lifespan. Fiberglass windows are a bit more expensive than vinyl, and wood windows are usually the most expensive you can buy. As such, do a little figuring and decide if you really need wood windows – or even if vinyl will suffice.
#3 – Avoid the Extra Features
Sometimes, replacement window sales clerks are like used car salespersons. Rather than attempting to sell you on the actual window itself, they will focus on features like special hardware, built-in blinds, burglar latches, and argon gas between the panes of glass. If you do not need these things, do not pay more for them.
#4 – Avoid the Big Names
Windows are no different from any other product when it comes to brand names. For instance, brand name cereal may cost $2 more than a box of the same thing under a different name. Windows are the same. Window companies like Pella, Andersen, and even Marvin will charge you more for their low-end windows than other companies charge for their top-notch offerings.
#5 – Consider the Installation
Window installation is another cost to consider, especially if you do not have enough construction expertise to do it yourself. Keep an eye out for specials and companies that will give you free window installation with the purchase of a certain number of windows. They do exist, and this alone can save you hundreds of dollars.
#6 – Do Not Be Afraid to Negotiate
It seems as if people these days are afraid to haggle, and this is a shame. Window companies take advantage of the fact that consumers believe their prices are non-negotiable, and you may even throw your salesperson off guard if you negotiate a little. For instance, if you get a quote for $1500 for six replacement windows, offer to pay $1200 in cash on the spot. You never know – the company may decide to go for it, and a penny saved is a penny earned.
Cheap replacement windows are not necessarily cheap. You do not have to settle for poor quality in order to get a good price. The tips above are all great ways to save some money here and there, and if you can combine several of them, you may be able to keep thousands of your hard-earned dollars in the bank where they belong.
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