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How to Hire a Window Treatment Contractor

If you consider self installation an intimidating task then there are plenty of options available to you. Most manufacturers will provide an install option when you purchase their product. However, the cost of this service is usually marked up higher than it should be, and a general contractor or handyman professional would be more than willing to do this task at a cheaper rate. Before purchasing a service installation from the manufacture be sure to get a second quote from a local handyman. It should cost less than $150 to install a handful of ready made window treatments.

Answers to the following questions will help guide your decision. Before having a specialist make the trip out to your home try to ask these ahead of time.

  • How long have you been in business?
  • Do you have pictures of old projects?
  • Is there a list of references you can provide?
  • Do you offer a warranty?
  • Will you be working on the project or will it be a subcontractor?
  • What happens if you go over your estimate?
  • Do I need to provide anything?

The biggest problem you should try to avoid is poor workmanship. The last thing you want is to have to re-install window treatments. Having another contractor come out to clean up the work will be costly. Answers to a handful of these questions will help provide you with some insight into the pro's character and skill.

If you are installing curtains or blinds it should be a relatively simple installation cost for a local handyman since the only requirement is drilling and anchoring fasters. If you need to install exterior or interior shutters expect the service to be more costly due to the complications that could arise from different materials and sizing needs.

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