What To Expect At Your In-Home Shutter Consultation

Eric Ramsey

Before you decide ont what window covering to buy, some companies, like Sunburst, send out a rep for an in-home consultation. By taking the treatments to your home, we can present how different window treatments would match up to your windows. This consultation makes it easier to envision your options and helps you feel satisfied with your decision.

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

Detailing A Typical In-Home Shutters Consultation

A couple viewing window treatment samples.

Begin by arranging 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 show you different options related to your preferred treatment. We will also offer other options, so you can feel confident that your windows match your ideal.

After we come to your house, we’ll sit down and discuss what you are looking for in a window treatment. We’ll spefically ask about your lighting, privacy, and energy efficiency preferences, and we’ll ask about hard-to-reach or specialty-shaped windows. Your consultant will also want to know how the room is used and what style you are trying to attain. We want to achieve your final vision, so the more you tell us about your needs, the better.

That may require going through different samples and compare each style against each other. Most people need to look at a few different treatments, like comparing Polywood with our real-wood Ovation® shutters or finding the best stain to coordinate with your color scheme. We’ll also find all the options available for the treatment, like available colors, louver sizes, or hidden tilt-rods.

Once a decision is made, we’ll find percise measurements of your windows. We generally measure the windows in every room in your home—even if you only need to fit treatments for some of your windows. We perform this service because most of our clients ask to get additional window treatments with just a phone call. At the end of the appointment, we will walk you through a detailed, written quote, so there are no hidden costs on your invoice.

Alt text: Sunburst Shutters van parked at customer's home. 

Red Flags For A Poor In-Home Shutter Consultation

While we are sure that Sunburst will give you professional in-home consultation, there are some actions you should never see from any window treatment rep. As they say, the quality of the consultation mirrors the quality of the product.

Above all else, your consultant should be careful and professional. He or she should show up as scheduled, clean and presentable, and offer to prevent floor scuffs with shoe booties. Your consultant should always have product and company literature and pricing details.

When it comes to price, you should expect a detailed written quote. Don’t accept a guesstimate, jotted down on a blank page or the back of a business card. And never accept pricing estimates before they take any window measurements. You should always know how much the final bill will cost you. Also, check references and online reviews as you get ready to order.

Find The Perfect Window Treatments At Your Sunburst In-Home Consultation

At Sunburst, we pride ourselves on matching our clients’ windows with the best window treatment. Our representatives are said to be courteous, professional, and knowledgeable. And we should always leave a full quote and product details. Just call at 850-203-0419 to arrange your in-home consultation.