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Old 01-17-2012, 11:44 AM   #16
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I agree with you on 95% MJW.

The problem is that when you are quoting it against everyone else, most customers don't see the differentiation regardless of how you explain.

Also...try removing vinyl siding that is original to the home (i.e. cheap builders grade junk) when it is less than 30 degrees and it shatters left right and center.

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I agree with you on 95% MJW.

The problem is that when you are quoting it against everyone else, most customers don't see the differentiation regardless of how you explain.
Agreed! Hardest part of the business. That's why it's nice to only need a few jobs in a quarter. Down side is that it's harder to build a larger business.
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Old 01-17-2012, 01:04 PM   #18
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Sorry, someone was at the door and I typed in a hurry. What I meant to say was Home Depot has the interior doors with the brushed nickel hinges and Lowes still carries the ones with the old brass hinges which doesn't match the brushed nickel door knobs.
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I have a few thoughts.

Bottom line-I'd say go with Lowe's, a licensed contractor who is part of NARI (national assoc of remodelers) or NARI.

I bought windows and a door at HD and have actually had very good luck with the quality of door and window. I didn't use them for install since I'd had trouble with HD installing a dryer. Instead, I used a private contrac tor as others here recommend. Big problem. He measured twice but the windows were too small. He put a 1x4 over top of window-looked ridiculous and I had to have them reinstalled. Apparently, he didn't do the cap correctly either. I've had a tough time finding decent private contractors.

However, all HD contractors aren't incompetent. My nephew does some of their refacing cabinets just because it's a fairly reliable stream of income and he needs that in this economy. He does beautiful work. He acknowledges some of issues with others.

My nephew recommended I use NARI for my basement remodel. Much more professional guy but we're just getting started.

If I could use white vinyl , I'd use Window world. We know 2 people who have used them, saved much money and have been very impressed. I live in a reserve and natual colors are required.

I also know people who've used Lowe's with much better success than HD.

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I won't use either of them for anything involving installation contractors. I agree with the advice to find a local contractor (or 2) for a quote.

For example...Lowe's quoted me $269 for a water heater install....very simple one for one replacement...4 solder joints, 2 fittings....they looked at the job and quoted $498 and did not provide an itemization...said that's just what they charge....I did it myself in about 30 minutes.

Next....we looked at Granite countertops, got all the measurements and were quoted well over $6000, plus sink and faucet....we chose from among hundreds of slabs at a local granite/stone company and now have Phenomenal Granite, sink and faucet for $4200 turn key....and top brand quality (Kohler/Belle Foret)

Replacement windows are quoted almost $1400 lower for competitive quality (Marvin vs. Anderson) by a local company.

I use them for convenience and hands on shopping and in many cases beat their prices by buying online.

I want to keep small businesses in business rather than allowing corporations to damage local economies.
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If I could use white vinyl , I'd use Window world. We know 2 people who have used them, saved much money and have been very impressed. I live in a reserve and natual colors are required.

I also know people who've used Lowe's with much better success than HD.

Good luck,
Sorry to say, but the people that you know must have some outrageously low standards. Both the sales-force and install crews of $189-type companies come from the same talent pool as the "chefs" at your local McDonalds in my experience...and that is not even touching on product!
... I know that is harsh. I do apologize to all of you burger flippers out there for comparing you to those guys.
On HD and Lowes, they are one and the same on this matter.
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Please whatever you do, don't use Window World! I watched, for two years, as my ex got highway robbed and used and abused there, as a window subcontractor.

Their windows are mediocre at best, and how they treat their installers is CRIMINAL. They would pay him $25 a window, PRE-TAX, no matter the size or difficulty of a window. Period. No exceptions. If that window took 4 hours to pull out and replace, tough crap. $25. That was working by himself. Oh, and if he wanted help, he had to pay for it out of that 25.

There's a reason their prices are cheap - it's the installers they are lowballing. I helped him quite a bit, and because it was a one- man show, I saw all the invoices and whatnot that he had access to - the markup they have and the $ they pocket is disgusting. My ex was in a position, at the time, where he had to work, because there was no place else, due to the recession.

Please please please do not ever support them.
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I would not go through lowes or HD. They hire subs to do the work, and so mark up the price to make a profit. This means they charge more than an independent contractor for the same job. I have phoned them up to see what they charged for a door installation, just out of curiosity to see where my pricing was at.. It was double what I would have been, as well as friends of mine who do similar service work. Lowes was the most expensive by far.

Get a referral from a local lumberyard, or someone who has had similar work done recently.

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