It’s been months since you’ve gotten your front door to open and close properly. Though you’ve tried countlessly to adjust the hinges to make it fit better, you still have to slam your entire body weight against the door to get it to close and lock.
You finally decide it’s time for a replacement. The bottom of the door is looking worn, and the threshold has been loose for a while.
So you look up local door replacement contractors and schedule a few consultations. What are you to expect when a sales consultant shows up at your doorstep?
Southwest Exteriors has been a local door replacement contractor for over 30 years. Our design consultants see hundreds of homeowners a month, and we know that it is a privilege to be in your home.
When you schedule a consultation with us, our goal is to educate and guide you through your project so that we can help you make the best decision for you.
In this article, we will go through the steps of a door replacement consultation so you will know exactly what to expect when it comes time for your appointment.
Knowing what to expect and prepare helps relieve any anxiety you may have when letting a stranger into your home and will help the process go smoothly.
1. We’ll talk about your needs and goals for your project
The first step in the consultation is to establish what you are hoping to get out of your project.
We’ll talk about any issues you are experiencing with your door and why you are looking for a replacement. This helps us know how we can best guide you through this process and offer what we recommend to help.
We’ll also introduce you to the different types of doors that we offer and explain the quality that comes with them.
Our number one goal during this consultation is to serve you as best we can. We want to guide you through the door replacement process and help you make the best decision for you, whether that involves Southwest Exteriors or not.
2. We’ll completely inspect the door
In order to get a good look at the issues you are experiencing and how they can be solved, we need to inspect the entire door system.
We will look at not only the slab of the door but the interior and exterior trim, threshold, weatherstripping, hardware, and hinges.
While you know the problem you are experiencing, you might not know exactly where it is coming from. Looking at the entire door area through a professional lens allows us to inspect the issue further and identify other trouble spots you might not have noticed.
This will help us provide more accurate solutions for your replacement door so that you will have all your problems fixed and be satisfied with your new door.
During this time, we will also take measurements of the door so we can present you with an accurate price for your project later in the consultation.
3. We’ll sit down and start designing your door
Now that we have an understanding of what you are looking to get from your new door and the issues you have been facing, we can start designing your door.
We use an application that allows us to completely build and design your door from scratch. We’ll go through the different grain options, textures and finishes, trim designs, threshold, glass design and type, hardware, and paint and stain colors.
Looking through the designs, we can also choose which way you would like the door to swing. As long as there are no permanent structures that would impede the swing, you can choose to have it swing from the opposite side and direction.
The possibilities are endless when it comes to designing your door. If you can dream it, the chances are we can do it.
The different elements of your design will affect the overall cost of your project. The more complex the glass design and different textures will increase the price.
4. We’ll go over the warranties for your replacement door
Once you’ve designed your dream door, we will go into the details of the warranties that will come with it.
Southwest Exteriors offers a lifetime warranty for your door for as long as you are in your home. If anything goes wrong with the door, the cost of the labor, installation, and service is covered.
Each door manufacturer comes with its own product warranty, but most offer a lifetime product warranty.
It is important to note that the warranty for the door covers the entire system. So, if anything goes wrong with the trim or threshold, that will be covered.
5. We’ll present you with an exact price
We’ve identified the problems you’re experiencing with your door, and you’ve designed your dream replacement door. The last step of the consultation is to present you with the exact cost of your project.
We can offer multiple discounts to the overall project, and this price will be good for seven days. After seven days, your retail price of your project is still guaranteed for 30 days.
The cost of a project can be the most stressful element, and we understand that. We want to alleviate that stress as much as we can and offer multiple monthly payment plans to best fit your needs.
What to prepare before your consultation
The best thing you can do to prepare for your consultation is research different door types and styles you like.
When it comes to the designing phase, it can be overwhelming. There are hundreds, if not thousands, of options for the different elements of your door.
Pinterest is a great resource to find inspiration for the style of door you like. Driving around your neighborhood is another tactic many homeowners use to see what they like and what they don’t like.
Knowing what you are looking for ahead of time will help save time for you during the consultation.
Researching and preparing questions ahead of time is another important element when preparing for your consultation. Knowing what should be included in a door replacement and what makes a quality door replacement will help you avoid a faulty installation.
Ready for your door replacement consultation?
Now that you know the agenda Southwest Exteriors follows for door replacement consultations, you can feel more comfortable going into the appointment.
Our goal during the consultation and for your entire project is to serve you however we can. We are not there to shove a certain product down your throat. We simply want to help you make the best decision for yourself.
Although we are not the least expensive on the market, we offer the highest-quality doors and installation because you deserve the best that is out there.