How to Avoid New Window Scams
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How to Avoid New Window Scams

In this day and age, there are numerous companies offering window services. However, there are a handful of groups or individuals trying to take advantage of homeowners who don’t know a lot about window installation or replacement projects. So, you must learn how to avoid these scams and protect yourself.

A Price That’s Too Good to Be True

As a homeowner, everyone wants to save as much as possible when getting new windows. While there’s nothing wrong with getting a good deal from a reputable source, we strongly advise you to take a closer look at it or at the fine print. While the price can be legitimate, you may fall victim to a scam called “bait and switch”, wherein the company will advertise a window at $199, but offer it in a size that no one purchases or features no energy efficiency options. Once the sales people are done with their pitch, you’ll find out that it actually costs $450 per window or more.

When looking for a window contractor, make sure to get quotes from multiple companies and try to notice the way they make you feel when dealing with them. If they tend to be too pushy with their products, then that alone is already a red flag. The contractor you’re working with can determine the quality of the product and installation.

“You Must Buy Now”

It’s always tempting to get a new item, especially at a discounted price. However, if window companies use the fear of missing out and urge you to sign with them immediately, you have to be careful. Any “sign today” discount or promo is already a red flag in itself. They also trot around the energy efficiency values of their windows, which is illegal. Remember that window companies can’t make savings pledges in their advertising or guarantee a certain amount of savings.

To avoid this, you need to do proper research about the window project you’re about to undertake and what kind of windows you need. Lastly, you need to work with a vetted contractor you can trust. We recommend asking local contacts or friends and family for any contractors they’ve worked with previously.

Searching for a trusted window company for your next project? Call on Renewal by Andersen®of San Diego! We’re your source of the best windows and doors in the market today. Call us at (858) 935-8451, or fill out our contact form to get a contact-free quotation. We serve clients in San Diego, CA.