As technology continues to get better we seem to be retraining our brains to get everything we want very quickly. Gone are the days when you take all 36 pictures on your role of film and drop then off at the drugstore .. only to wait several days to be delighted to see birthday pictures from 4 months ago. Heck. I may have taken 36 pictures yesterday. And not only have I seen all of them, but so have my family and friends. We live in an instant gratification era.
But not with home improvement.
Not with home improvement.
Home Improvement is still run by humans. All humans. Humans who get sick, who make mistakes and get delayed by things out of their control. All the time.
Waiting for your windows to be installed is the worst. We get it. For every person who has finally made the decision to replace windows in their home that decision has been a long time coming. Windows aren’t an impulse buy. They aren’t sexy. They aren’t necessarily even fun. And the process to make the decision can feel complicated and confusing because it is new. So when you choose a company and you sign the contract you feel like you’re done waiting.
But window replacement isn’t as easy as waving a magic wand… even though we wish it was. You’ve heard our latest radio ad, right?
So what is happening while you’re waiting? Enjoy this peek behind the curtain. After you make the decision and sign the contract the following things are happening back at the office.
Final measure and materials checklist appointment is scheduled. That appointment reviews the job, takes exact measurements for ordering, and creates a checklist for other items that will be needed when the install date arrives.
The order is placed with the factory. It goes through a 3 step review process for accuracy and then your custom windows are produced. By people. Awesome hardworking Midwestern people
When they are finished they are loaded on truck, which we receive weekly into our warehouse.
We prep for installs by purchasing all non window and door items separately. This includes gutters, gutter topper, caulking, coil, custom jamb boxes, jamb material, stops, paint or stain for touch ups, door hardware, keys, and storm doors. Depending on the job, we could be ordering and coordinating with up to 8 different suppliers to get everything set for you. The idea is that when the installers show up they have everything they need to complete the job for you.
Administratively we schedule the measure appointments, complete all bookkeeping and data entry requirements, manage status on all pieces of the job ordering, obtain permits, complete required lead abatement documentation, create invoices and collate install folders. Amidst that we do our best to provide updates to you so you know we are working on the job
Installs are scheduled in as close to the order they were sold in as possible. We generally call you to schedule the exact install date 1-2 weeks in advance. On odd occasions we have a next day install open up so if you are available for short notice, tell us!
Still with me? I know. It’s so much. But all of it is happening behind the scenes after you place your window order. All of these things are why you’re waiting. There are no shortcuts. Window replacement is the opposite of instant gratification. It takes time. It just does.
The one thing we know though… it’s worth it. Every time. And you’re gonna be so glad you did this.
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We are a shop at home company specializing in replacing windows, siding, roofs and front entry doors. As we sit with you and learn about what you want to change on your home we can provide the best product and color options to you. You can expect lots of questions from us as we try to understand what you're looking for. For that reason, it is best if both homeowners are there. We commit to giving you a detailed, same day estimate.
Steve the Window Guy for Universal Windows Direct is a full exterior remodeling company focusing on replacing windows, siding and roofing. Steve and his team of are experts in working with people just like you to create a plan for the most cost efficient way to complete your exterior remodeling project. We are part of a national dealer network that has catupulted to the 11th largest* remodeling company in the nation. Locally we have an A+ rating with the BBB with zero complaints. Steve has been recognized by Universal Windows Direct as National Dealer of the Year three times for his hard work and dedication to getting things right. We are locally owned and operated in Bloomington, MN and work throughtout the Twin Cities Metro. Updating your home can be easy.
We believe Steve the Window, Siding and Roofing Guy was just too long of a name.
*Source: Qualified Remodelers Top 500 List, Published September 2018.