Double glazing salesmen

Some time last week, I put my name and phone number into a double glazing website, and with my permission, they passed my details onto three carefully selected firms in my area.  All three promply phoned up to make an appointment, and all three made a point of asking whether Mrs Foster could be there at the same time.

And all three came at 90 minute intervals this morning.

All the while, the drains people have been frantically finishing the work outside whilst the tarmac guy starts the making good work.

During that, I also took four or five various phonecalls, which is fairly unusual.

It’s been quite a morning!

All three double glazing people have made the same sorts of noises whilst being shown around the house and garden and asked to quote for new windows throughout plus conservatory on the back.  Two of them were prepared to give me a figure before leaving.  It’s a little bit more than I thought and what with the kitchen also being a little bit more than I thought, and the drains also going over budget, it’s making the total house renovation budget a very large sum indeed.  Certainly way more than we can recoup in the shorter term by adding value to the house.
We’re starting to wonder if maybe we should stop renovations entirely, sell up and buy somewhere for the cost of this place plus the renovation budget.

But… but…  We’re here now.  I hate moving.  I haven’t unpacked yet (in fact there are boxes that I haven’t unpacked since before 2000).  This property has a lot going for it in terms of location, and the garden could be amazing, even if the foxes do keep leaving mutilated avian corpses (1) on the lawn.

Do we really need a conservatory?  We definitely need a new kitchen, as the present is driving us mad. Can’t wait too long for a washing machine.  But we wonder what would we use the conservatory for, since the sitting-room and dining room don’t get used that often.  It’s a huge amount of money to spend on a room that would essentially be used for drying washing, starting seedlings and, erm, as a cat bedroom.

(1) “Goodnight Bracknell!  We’ve been Mutilated Avian Corpses, and you’ve been fantastic!”

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11 comments on “Double glazing salesmen

  1. Leigh says:

    I assume your quotes are from National Firms or did you get some proper quotes from local firms?

    The difference in price can be quite startling and its well worth getting a decent quote from a local firm…you could save thousands! To give you a comparison we had 6 new windows and it was £1800 all in.

  2. niles says:

    Nope, it was three local firms I’d never heard of before. No-one who’s ever cold-called, or doorstepped or mailshat us before.

    Was trading notes with E-P who coincidentally had also had three quotes that day for a reasonably similar job, and she’d had figures in the same ball park. A fair bit more than your’s though, for seven windows. Maybe you have tiny openings? Or maybe you didn’t go as overboard with transoms and mullions as we seem to be thinking.

  3. lee says:

    However, if your main motivation for fitting double glazing is to reduce sound then secondary glazing could just be adequate enough for your requirements. However when choosing double glazing for sound insulation the greater the air gap the better the sound insulation becomes. This rule changes when the air inside the gap is replaced by some form of inert gas. For an insulated replacement window we suggest you consider windows with a 20mm air gap therefore making a double glazed sealed unit 28mm. Beware – there are some windows on the market with air gaps as little as 12mm.

  4. Martyn says:

    You defiantly should get as many quotes as possible. Usual Bigger firms will offer a cheaper price but local firms offer better quality. Its hard to find the balance.

  5. With Windows, obviously as people have been saying, get as many quotes as possible. Dependant on what you are planning on doing with your home, whether you are selling up straight away or wanting to live.

    Obviously there are plenty of windows to choose from out there, but if you are planning on living there, then i recommend the new ‘A-rated’ energy efficient windows may be better for you in the long run.

    Take a look at this article ; http://ezinearticles.com/?Environmentally-Friendly-A-Rated-Windows&id=1175055

  6. Just dont go for the cheapest !

  7. Definitely agree with what you stated. Your explanation was certainly the easiest to understand. I tell you, I usually get irked when folks discuss issues that they plainly do not know about. You managed to hit the nail right on the head and explained out everything without complication. Maybe, people can take a signal. Will likely be back to get more. Thanks.

  8. That is one lucky cat to have a Conservatory as his bedroom! Normally, Conservatories are used as green houses is not for a place to enjoy, relax, heat up and have fun.

  9. Conservatories of old has been used as magnificent green houses for different types of plants. As time passed by people learned its other uses. You can renovate the conservatory and have a separate office, a bedroom, or just a place to hang out. You should not give up renovating your house. Just keep adding value to it. Sooner or later you’ll be reaping its benefits.

  10. Its always worth getting several double glazing quotes and comparing both the quality and prices.

  11. windows Rich says:

    did you try old school bartering. If you address the boss or the person who can make that particular decision with ” if i agree now what is the lowest price , or i will offer the same ultimatum and confirm the job with the next company in line ” you will be surprised at how much they can knock off.
    its better to take something from everything and have that job in the bag rather than hanging on for an answer through the companies’ eyes.

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