By now most of you know I considering replacing some windows and a patio door at my house. I did what would be reasonable and recommended. I got three quotes from reputable companies – all three of them selling aggressively and lying to do so.
There is a government tax credit available, part of the stimulus package. Basically they lead you to believe you are going to get 30% off whatever you pay when in fact the credit is only on the window itself, not the labor.
They make it even more squirrely by not breaking this out for you. They won’t tell you how much of the quote is “window” and how much is labor, which leaves you with a government formula.
The government formula is 69% of the invoice is considered “window” so you wind up with 30% of 69% which is of course a lot less than a straight 30%. So check this:
One company quoted me $4600 but had the price down to $3200 by the time he left the house in various ploys to get me to BUY NOW.
The next company estimated $2700-$2900 and promised not to play games. When they emailed the exact quote 3 days later, they’d discovered I needed an odd-sized door (1/2 inch off) which increased the quote to $3200. No one else thinks the door is odd-sized.
The third company quoted me $2700 and the black market?
If I go with the guy on Craigslist, this will cost me about $1200 and I will know exactly how much of that is “window”. ($450).
This gives me $150 tax credit – total cost $1050 as compared to the other three estimates (tax credit approx $550) which gives a total cost of approximately $2500.
What do you make of this?