While some people can walk into a store and seem to get anything for less than the asking price, others can't seem to get any company to budge. What it comes down to are the tactics you use to get the best possible price. Here are some great tactics you can use on your window and door company.
The Industry Standard
The first thing you should know is that the window and door industry has room built into it for negotiation. They are expecting you to come in and try to lower the price with your negotiating prowess. If you use some tact and precision, you can easily succeed.
Know Your Price Range
Do some independent research and find out how much you should be paying for your windows. Even if the window and door company is reputable and trustworthy, do not take their word as prophecy. If the price they quote is above your stated budget, then be prepared to walk away and find someone who fits your financial needs.
Wait it Out
Never accept the first offer. When someone gives you the price on a service or product, spend some time thinking about it. The price is not likely to go anywhere, and if you wait, you are more likely to be able to negotiate the price down.
Know Who You're Talking To and How You Say It
If you storm into a store, waving your arms, screaming, “I demand lowest price satisfaction!” you won't get very far. The way that you speak has as much to do with what you say. Be polite and patient, but assertive.
Be aware of who you are speaking to, as well. An employee on their first day won't have the negotiating experience or the authority to give you the price you are asking for. Make sure you are talking to someone who has the ability to provide you with the price you are looking for.
It's Not Greedy
More people than you might think believe that negotiating is greedy, or that there are non-negotiable items in the windows and doors industry. When purchasing windows, you aren't being greedy; you are just getting yourself the best possible value. You are allowed to stand up for what you want – without seeming greedy.
Remember, in negotiations, the best ones are when both parties think they've gotten the better of half of the whole deal.
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