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What To Expect At Your Fort Lauderdale In-Home Shutter Consultation

March 26, 2019

To help you pick the appropriate window covering for your rooms, some companies, like Sunburst, start out with an in-home consultation. By bringing samples to you, we can present how different shutters, blinds, and shades would look with your decor. You’ll see how simple it is to pick the perfect treatments when you get out of the artificial surroundings of a showroom.

But what exactly happens during an in-home consultation? And how can bringing samples to your home help you better choose the perfect window treatment? Even though every in-home consultation is personalized, there are a few constants that you should experience.

Walking Through A Typical In-Home Shutters Consultation

A couple viewing window treatment samples.

Begin by scheduling an appointment by calling your local representative. If you already can picture the perfect coverings for you window, like our Polywood® plantation shutter, then we will make a special note to bring you some options related to your preferred product. We will also show alternatives, so you can be sure that your windows match your ideal.

During the actual appointment, we’ll sit down and discuss what you are looking for in a window treatment. We’ll cover issues like your lighting, privacy, and energy efficiency ideas, and we’ll discuss hard-to-reach or specialty-shaped windows. Your consultant will also ask about how the room is used and what style you want to acheive. And it’s fine if you don’t know exactly what you need, as we’ll walk you through your options.

We might show you many different window treatments and contrast each product against each other. Most people want to look at a few different ideas, like comparing Polywood with our real-wood Ovation® shutters or finding the best stain to coordinate with your color scheme. We’ll also show you all the options available for the treatment, like available colors, louver sizes, or hidden tilt-rods.

Once you make your pick, we’ll get precise measurements of your windows. We usually measure the windows in each room—even if you only want to make a purchase for some of your windows. We do this because most of our clients ask to be able to order future shutters or blinds without another consultation. Before we leave, we will walk you through a detailed, written quote, so there are no phantom numbers on your invoice.

Alt text: Sunburst Shutters van in customer's driveway. 

Red Flags For A Poor In-Home Shutter Consultation

While we are sure that Sunburst will perform professional in-home consultation, there are some things you should never witness from any window treatment company. It should go without saying, the quality of the consultation usually equals the quality of the window treatments.

Primarily, your consultant should respect your home. They should arrive when promised, ready to present, and offer to protect your floors with shoe booties. Your representative should always have product and company pamphlets and pricing information.

In regards to pricing, you should be given a full written quote. Don’t accept a large pricing range, scribbled on a blank page or the back of a business card. And never accept a quote before they take any window measurements. You want to know how much you should pay and why. Finally, check references and online reviews before you place an order.

You Can Anticipate A Professional In-Home Consultation With Sunburst

At Sunburst, we strive to match your windows with a quality window treatment. Our reps are always courteous, professional, and knowledgeable. And we never leave you without a full price and product information. Just phone your local Sunburst rep at 561-440-8535 to arrange your in-home consultation.