What To Expect During Your In-Home Shutter Consultation

Kasey Udy

Before you decide ont what window covering to get, some companies, like Sunburst, start out with an in-home consultation. By bringing the treatments to you, we can present how different shutters, blinds, and shades would match up to your windows. Now you can create an informed selection by understanding how different products looks with your actual windows.

But what happens during an in-home consultation? And how can showing you different products at your home allow you to better choose the perfect window treatment? Even though every in-home consultation is a personalized experience, there are some things that you should experience.

Detailing A Typical In-Home Shutters Consultation

People viewing window treatment samples.

Begin by arranging an appointment by contacting your local representative. If you already have a shutter or window treatment in mind, like our Polywood® plantation shutter, then we will make it a point to show you different options available for your preferred choice. We will also bring additional treatments, so you can be sure that your choice matches your vision.

When we arrive, we’ll sit down and figure out what you need in a window treatment. We’ll cover issues like your lighting, privacy, and energy efficiency needs, and we’ll discuss hard-to-reach or specialty-shaped windows. Your rep will also want to know how your windows are used and what ambiance you are looking to acheive. And it’s alright if you don’t know exactly what you want, as we’ll walk you through your options.

We might show you many different samples to find out which coverings fit into your decor and work with your windows. Most customers need to explore a few different ideas, like comparing Polywood with our real-wood Ovation® shutters or choosing the perfect stain to match the walls. We’ll also demonstrate all the options available for the treatment, like available colors, louver sizes, or hidden tilt-rods.

Once a decision is made, we’ll get the exact measurements of your windows. We generally measure the windows in each room—even if you only plan to make a purchase for some of your windows. We get multiple measurements because most of our clients ask to get future products quickly. Before we leave, we will guide you through a detailed, written quote, so there are no hidden costs on your invoice.

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

Red Flags For A Bad In-Home Shutter Consultation

While we are confident that Sunburst will carry out compentent in-home consultation, there are some actions you should never experience from any window treatment company. After all, the quality of your consultation experience mirrors the quality of the window treatments.

Above all else, your rep should treat your home with respect. They should come to your house as scheduled, ready to present, and offer to prevent floor scuffs with shoe booties. Your rep should always bring product and company brochures and pricing information.

When it comes to price, you should always get a detailed written quote. Don’t accept a large pricing range, jotted down on a blank page or the back of a business card. And don’t take pricing estimates before they take any window measurements. You should always understand how much product and installation should cost. Be sure to to look at references and online reviews.

You Can Expect An Enjoyable In-Home Consultation With Sunburst

At Sunburst, we strive to match our clients’ windows with a quality window treatment. Our representatives are always courteous, professional, and knowledgeable. And we won’t leave you without an itemized quote and product information. Just call at 435-485-9332 to schedule your in-home consultation.