What To Expect During Your In-Home Shutter Consultation

Tyson Williams

Before you choose what window covering to buy, some companies, like Sunburst, recommend an in-home consultation. By taking products to your home, we can show you how different window treatments would work in your room. You’ll discover how natural it can be to pick the right window covering when you leave the unrealistic showroom.

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 individualized, there are a few constants that you should expect.

Detailing A Typical In-Home Shutters Consultation

People viewing window treatment samples. 

Start by making 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 sure to show you different options related to your preferred choice. We will also show alternatives, so you can be sure that your room matches your ideal.

When we arrive, we’ll sit down and talk about what you need in a window treatment. We’ll spefically ask about your lighting, privacy, and energy efficiency ideas, and we’ll discuss hard-to-reach or specialty-shaped windows. Your consultant will also want to know how the room is used and what aesthetic you want to acheive. We want to execute your final vision, so the more you can explain, the better.

We might show you many different samples until we discover the best window treatment for you. Most clients should try out a few different product lines, like comparing Polywood with our real-wood Ovation® shutters or finding the perfect stain to match your color scheme. We’ll also find all the options available for the shutter, shade, or blind, like available colors, louver sizes, or hidden tilt-rods.

Once you make your pick, we’ll get the exact measurements of your windows. We usually measure the windows throughout the house—even if you only want to fit treatments for a portion of the house. We do this because most of our clients want to get future shutters or blinds with just a phone call. Before we leave, we will thoroughly explain the detailed, written quote, so there are no surprises on your invoice.

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

Red Flags For A Subpar In-Home Shutter Consultation

While we are confident that Sunburst will carry out compentent in-home consultation, there are some red flags you should never experience from any window treatment rep. As they say, the quality of the consultation mirrors the quality of the product.

Above all else, your salesperson should treat your home with respect. They should arrive when promised, ready to present, and offer to protect your floors with shoe booties. Your rep should always have product and company brochures and pricing details.

When it comes to price, you should always get a full written quote. Don’t accept a large pricing range, scrawled on a blank page or the back of a business card. And don’t take pricing information without window measurement. You need to know how much you should pay and why. It’s also a good idea to to look at references and online reviews.

Sunburst’s In-Home Consultation Is The Starting Point To The Perfect Window Treatment

At Sunburst, we strive to match our customers’ windows with the perfect window treatment. Our representatives are said to be courteous, professional, and knowledgeable. And you won’t see any cost or craftmanship surprises later on. Just phone your local Sunburst rep at 760-405-8887 to schedule your in-home consultation.