What To Expect With Your In-Home Shutter Consultation

Curtis Orton

To help you decide on the appropriate window treatments for your house, some companies, like Sunburst, start out with an in-home consultation. By taking products to your home, we can demonstate how different shutters, blinds, and shades would look with your decor. Now you can make an informed decision by visualizing how different products looks in your own room.

But what exactly happens during an in-home consultation? And how does showing you different products at your home enable you to better choose the perfect window treatment? Even though every in-home consultation is individualized, there are a few constants that you should experience.

Detailing A Typical In-Home Shutters Consultation

Homeowners viewing samples of window treatments.

Begin by scheduling an appointment by calling your local representative. If you already have a shutter or window treatment in mind, like our Polywood® plantation shutter, then we will make sure to bring you some options available for your preferred choice. We will also bring other options, so you can be sure that your choice matches your ideal.

After we come to your house, we’ll sit down and talk about what you want in a window treatment. We’ll cover issues like your lighting, privacy, and energy efficiency ideas, and we’ll pay special attention to hard-to-reach or specialty-shaped windows. Your representative will also ask about how the room is used and what style you are trying to attain. The final target is to fully envision what your decor will ultimately look like with the treatments installed.

You may have to see many different window treatments until we discover the best window treatment for you. Most clients want to try out a few different product lines, like comparing Polywood with our real-wood Ovation® shutters or picking the perfect stain to coordinate with the room. We’ll also show you 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 usually measure the windows in each room—even if you only plan to fit treatments for a portion of the house. We get multiple measurements because many of our clients want to be able to order additional window treatments quickly. Finally, we will guide you through a detailed, written quote, so there are no surprises on your invoice.

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

Signs Of A Poor In-Home Shutter Consultation

While we are sure that Sunburst will give you professional in-home consultation, there are some red flags you should never see from any window treatment company. After all, the quality of the consultation usually equals the quality of the product.

Primarily, your salesperson should treat your home with respect. The rep should come to your house when promised, clean and presentable, and offer to prevent floor scuffs with shoe booties. Your consultant should always give you product and company brochures and pricing information.

In regards to pricing, you should expect a full written quote. Don’t accept a vague guess, scrawled on a scrap piece of paper or the back of a business card. And never accept pricing information before they take any window measurements. You want to understand how much product and installation should cost. Be sure to to ask for references and online reviews.

Sunburst’s In-Home Consultation Is The First Step To The Perfect Window Treatment

At Sunburst, we pride ourselves on matching your windows with a quality window treatment. Our reps are always courteous, professional, and knowledgeable. And we never leave you without a detailed pricing estimate and product brochures. Just call at 916-250-0758 to schedule your in-home consultation.