How to Hire The Best Window Treatment Pro

Lauren Murphy
Written by Lauren Murphy
Updated March 1, 2022
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If your living room blinds are in need of an upgrade, you might be surprised to see just how many types of window treatments there are to choose from. But hiring a window treatment professional instead of trying to go it alone can make it a lot easier. 

A professional can easily determine what type of window treatment is right for your home, and they have the skills and knowledge necessary to install it for you. Here’s how to find a pro for your job.

How to Find a Window Treatment Pro

There are several window treatment companies near you ready and willing to help you with your next project. Most local general contractors can handle the job as well.

There are a few ways to find a window treatment pro to help you with your project, including:

  • Searching Angi for a local window treatment pro

  • Asking friends, family members, and neighbors for recommendations

Before Hiring a Window Treatment Pro

Make sure to research a pro before you hire them. Check to make sure the professional can handle the scope of the project and check their qualifications first. Otherwise, you could be left with a headache and shoddy work.

Plan Your Window Treatment Project for Accurate Quotes

Before hiring a window treatment professional, plan the project so that you can explain it to the pro you eventually hire. Measure the spaces you need window treatments for and consider what materials you prefer. If you’re not sure how you want your window treatment to look, a professional can help.

Once you plan out your window treatment project, talk the details through with professionals. Get window treatment cost estimates from at least three different professionals before making your pick. Talking to multiple pros will help you get a handle on different pricing models and help you narrow down your choices.

Check Your Window Treatment Pro’s Qualifications and References

Your window treatment professional should be fully licensed and insured against accidents. These pros need to drill into your walls and maneuver to install your window treatments, so insurance protects them against accidental damage or injuries on the job. Hiring a pro with insurance means you won’t be on the hook when accidents happen.

Beyond license and insurance, you should also look for a pro with qualifications and positive references. Check to be sure they have experience and knowledge about window treatments. Ask their references about their experience working with the pro and ask to see before and after pictures of past projects.

Questions to Ask Your Window Treatment Pro

When you meet with your potential window treatment professional, ask them questions to get a better sense of their skills and experience.

  • What experience do you have?

  • Are you licensed?

  • Are you insured?

  • Do you have references?

  • What would the timeline be for the project?

  • Can you provide a cost estimate?

  • Will you sign a contract?

Hiring Your Window Treatment Pro Tips

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You should never take hiring a pro lightly, especially when you’re trusting them to work inside of your home. Before hiring them and signing a contract, interview them to see if they’re up to snub.

Interview with Your Window Treatment Pro

After you’ve searched Angi for local window treatment professionals and asked friends for recommendations, sit down with them for interviews. Always interview more than one professional for a thorough search. They may have different experiences, different prices, and different personalities that you may or may not click with. While clicking isn’t essential, it’s always good to hire someone you feel you can work well with.

Ask for a Background Check

A license is not always required for interior window treatment professionals, so you’ll need to check the requirements in your area to get accurate information. All window treatment professionals should, however, be able to pass a background check. A background check will show you whether or not that person has any past incidents that may make you feel uncomfortable having them in your home.

Get a Contract and Arrange Payments With Your Window Treatment Pro

Always have a professional sign a detailed contract before starting work. Make sure the contract has all the specifics of the project. If there’s an issue down the line, you (or the pro you hire) can always look back at the contract to figure out a solution.

Some window treatment pros will have a pre-made contract ready to go for you to sign. Others will ask you to draw one up with them. Either way, there are several things you should agree on to include. Discuss the following:

  • Payment terms, including information on a down payment and final payoff

  • Scope of the project

  • Specific project timeline that includes dates

  • Details on how to exit the contract

  • Accidental damage course of action

  • Expectations for entering/working in the home

Keep Records of Your Window Treatment Project

Keep records of everything that happens throughout the duration of the project. If something happens, like if the contractor goes against the contract, you’ll have a form of proof. Keep track of the hours they work, whether or not they stick to the agreed-upon schedule, progress made, and anything else you feel is important.

Look for Red Flags and Prepare to Troubleshoot

Most window treatment pros are reputable, but there are some scammers out there looking to take your hard-earned cash. Watch out for common contractor red flags, like asking for aC lump sum upfront or not signing a contract. Look for pros with the right qualifications and skills so you hire the right person the first time. If you wind up with a crooked contractor, you may need to take them to small claims court or file a complaint with the state to get your money back.

After Your Window Treatment Pro Has Finished

The job isn’t exactly over when your contractor finishes installing your window treatments. As a homeowner, you should take steps to make sure everything looks good before calling it good. Inspect the window treatments and make sure they look nice and fit the space securely. If all is good, go ahead and make the final payment to your window treatment pro. If you enjoyed the experience, leave them a review to share your experience and let them know you can be a reference for them.

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