A window replacement scam is when a company or individual offers to replace windows for a customer at an unusually low cost, with the promise of high-quality materials and craftsmanship. However, once the contract has been signed, the customer finds they have been duped. In this post, Renewal by Andersen® of Kansas City lists three common window replacement scams and how to avoid them.
Full Upfront Payment
In this scam, the contractor requires full payment upfront before beginning work. Once they have received their payment, they will never show up to complete the job. If they do the work, they will likely use low-quality materials and poor labor that does not comply with the manufacturer’s guidelines.
Fake discount scams involve discounts for certain services if customers pay in cash rather than through credit cards or checks. These reductions are usually exaggerated and used as an excuse for unprofessional work or substandard materials.
To deceive customers into signing contracts without background verification, a contractor will make false claims about their qualifications, experience, products offered, warranties, and other details.
How to Avoid Window Replacement Scams
Do Your Research: Before signing any contracts, thoroughly research the contractor’s background and credentials to ensure they are qualified to complete the job.
Get Quotes From Multiple Companies: Compare quotes from several companies to determine your project’s average price. This will also help you avoid overpaying a contractor.
Read Contracts Carefully: Make sure that all terms of service are clearly stated in writing before agreeing to anything, so there is clarity regarding materials used or warranties provided by the company.
Do Not Entertain Upfront Payment Requests: It’s a red flag if a contractor requests full payment upfront before any work has begun.
At Renewal by Andersen of Kansas City, our installation team is well-trained and certified to install our high-quality window products. Many homes in your area trust our windows for their long-term lifespan, dependability and variety of aesthetics suitable for any home. Call us at (913) 956-0887 or fill out this contact form to get a free estimate.