Sabot L'ours (sabotlours) wrote,
Sabot L'ours
sabotlours

Window Shopping

No. I am not walking down the street gazing into store windows to see what's for sale. I'm actually buying windows! Ever since I moved into the house 11 years ago I have HATED the windows. Some don't latch properly. Some don't stay up when opened. Some have let water in between the panes so that there are water spots that can't be removed. So it's finally time to replace them and get that $1500 tax break. I plan on replacing every window in the house, so we're talking some serious bucks. I want this done right! I now have 4 estimates, and they're coming in just about where I thought. No biggie. I have been saving up for this for a long time. The problem is pulling the trigger and choosing a company. One is a nation-wide company with a pretty good reputation. They're coming in at the higher end of the price range. 2 companies are local where they actually make the windows in town. One is a pretty cheap place while the other is more expensive but with a good reputation. The final place had nice looking windows, but his price was 20-30% below everyone else. Should that be a warning sign? I'm pulling my fur out over the decision. I'm not afraid to pay for quality, but if I can get good windows at a lower cost, why pay more? The Internet has been of little help. I can't find reviews for any of the places except one, the one with the good reputation. That company also came recommended by locals who responded to an LJ post I had made in an ABQ community. I'm definitely leaning in that direction at the moment. The big national company has the benefit of being the most likely to be around in 10 years if something goes wrong, but the salesman came off like the stereotypical aluminum siding salesman from the 70's. Gah! Wish me luck!
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