Receiving your quotation
You have invited one or more suppliers of window treatment solutions into your home. - You've asked a bunch of questions and received a variety of answers; and of course, you have received a price or a number of different prices.
Depending on the solution, some suppliers gave you a price on the spot and efficiently moved on. Others will have told you they would get back to you after pricing out the solution you had worked out together during their consultation. You have repeated your requirements, adding and varying them slightly as different vendor's highlighted benefits of their solutions and the pitfalls of the solutions from 'other' companies.
Depending on how many suppliers you've had visit, you have, no doubt, decided you are totally 'over' the experience. Your head is swimming, your hands are full of pieces of paper that represent your souvenirs of the experience and you cannot for the life of you, understand how such a simple requirement suddenly became so complex?
Then there is the question of 'who to believe?' How could there be so much disparity amongst quotes? - Some simply list the name of the window treatment and a single price; others have provided you with a full break-down. Some quotes name the brands of the fabrics, materials and componentry whilst others provide no more information than a generic item name such as 'track,' which is not really very helpful.
You thought at worst you would be comparing apples and oranges; now you find you are trying to compare apples with pineapples, kiwifruit and coconuts!'
This FAQ is designed to provide helpful suggestions to assist you in working the problem through, so that whoever you decide to give your business to, you can at least feel you have not come to a decision as a result of stumbling around in the dark, or worse, defaulted to accepting the quotation of the company that provided you with the lowest price; at least without fully understanding what factors have influenced that price.
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Some retailers will have a quote ready on the spot, a price based on standard offerings, which are most likely ready-made with a limited choice or variety. Others, like Ideal Drape Makers are going to take a few days to get back to you largely because with greater choice comes the extra time needed by consultant check supply, prepare, and price your quote.
Always insist that a quote is itemised so that you can clearly see what fabrics, materials and components it is comprised of. Receiving your quote is does not put an end to your ability to ask questions. Now it's time to drill down a layer or two.
As a result of asking further questions you find yourself 'overloaded.' Now frustration sets in and you just want it to be over. Now is the time to be vigilant. If you liked a supplier but not their price, go back to them and query them over the differentials. - They might not be able to improve their price, but at least you'll know why. Give them the opportunity to re quote based on the same cheaper components if they are able and willing to supply them.
You've got one or more suppliers who you are keen on. Both banter on about quality, and service. Who do you believe? What criteria should be applied in making your choice?
Revisiting your original requirements is often a good place to start once the fog of confusion, indecision and the the pressure to make a decision sets in. Revisiting your original requirements is a good way to ensure that you haven't lost your way, or been led astray.
It's time for a reality check. You'll part with a lot of money and you will have to live with what is installed. If you make a mistake you will wear it for some time. - Re-examine the urgency of your requirement, as your best decision might be to defer your purchase until you feel more comfortable, or are in a better financial position to buy what you really want.
By this time you have either made a decision to buy, which is pleasing but still leaves that nagging feeling of nervousness; or you have deferred your decision in which case you are relieved. .. Either way you are probably pooped.
To the less reputable you are a sale and margin. To reputable suppliers who have a track record and reputation to protect it's a different story. As a second generation family-run business. - We would like you to think of us as being in the latter category. Whether you buy from us, defer your purchase or give your business to a competitor, we would like to think you will say nice things about us either way. These are the values the 'founders' and first generation of IDM taught the second.