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Welcome to the Doors & Windows Compare Buying Guide, the section where we have collated all of our 'insider knowledge' of the market, to help you save both time and more importantly money in the search for your doors & windows. One of the most important things to remember is that spending more on your doors & windows does not guarantee a better quality product.

Never Be Rushed Into A Decision

Traditional doors & windows retailers offer large, sale discounts at various times throughout the year so you may think that rushing a decision based on getting that fantastic deal is the only way to secure a bargain. However, there are a number of independant suppliers who offer a transparent 'Every day low price' model, which means the price is the same all year round and can be less that the bigger brands even with their discount. This means that the price of your doors & windows will be the same today as it was three months ago, as it will be in six months time. This is really important, as you're not being forced to rush into a decision because a sale will be ending soon. Rushing into committing to spend thousands of pounds is never the right thing to do.

Smoke And Mirrors

At Doors & Windows Compare, we use the term smoke and mirrors to describe the tactics of some of the well known retailers. This can include a sale which promises huge discounts, as long as you sign on the dotted line before a certain date. Be aware that retailers that offer high discounts, will always offer high discounts. You may have to wait four weeks, but you can be certain that another promotion, at least as good and sometimes even better, is not too far away. Another tactic employed is to avoid giving out prices. You can get a full quotation if you're prepared for a representative to come into your home for one to two hours, but you can't have a printed price list to look at or download from their website. They do this for two reasons. Firstly, to avoid you comparing their prices against other retailers and secondly, if you've invested a few hours of your time in getting a full quotation, you are far more likely to end up buying from that retailer.

Hints And Tips When Negotiating With A Sales Consultant

Would you believe that buying your new doors & windows can be similar to buying a second-hand car? You're probably spending a similar amount of money, you don't really know what discount the retailer may be keeping up their sleeve and the sales consultant may have monthly sales targets to achieve. As a result, we always recommend that you negotiate and we mean negotiate on EVERYTHING, not just the cost of your windows or the doors but the cost of installation and even additional cladding, door furniture and locks. There could be what is referred to in the industry as 'under the table discount', maybe 5% that is waiting there, all you need to do is ask for it.