Beware these 4 Window Replacement Scams, Says Attorney General

From Margaret Everton on June 15, 2010 in Seattle

seattle window contractorsAre new windows at the top of your remodeling to-do list? If you aren’t fully aware of your rights as a consumer or the window companies’ responsibilities, then you may want to take note of these tips from Seattle’s Attorney General Rob McKenna before making a significant purchase.

#1—One bid is never enough.

Make sure you have three bids from three different companies before making your final decision. The bids should be itemized to show the cost of each window (minus installation). If a company doesn’t want to provide you with an itemized list, pack up and move on to the next. There is no reason they shouldn’t.

#2—Avoid same-day scams.

Some companies try to entice consumers with a same-day discount to discourage shopping around. Don’t fall for this trap. Any reputable company won’t try to stop you from doing your research.

#3—Know your rights.

Consumers have a right under state law to cancel any in-home sales within three business days of purchase. If a company tries to convince you otherwise, or requests that you waive this right, they are actually breaking the law.

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#4—Don’t believe everything you hear.

While replacement windows may help you save on energy costs in the long run, they won’t pay for themselves in a matter of months like some companies claim. If there’s no evidence for the results promised, then take everything with a grain of salt.

Keep these pointers in mind, and your window-buying experience will undoubtedly be much more pleasant. Happy shopping.

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