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7 Questions To Ask Before Buying a Cheap Conservatory

Buying a new conservatory is one of the most expensive home improvements that you can make, so getting the right price is vital. Once you have decided upon the style, purpose and building material, next step is to make sure you choose a cheap conservatory without compromising the quality. Remember that the clearer idea you have about what you want, the better price you can negotiate for your new conservatory.

How can I choose a good, cheap conservatory?


1. Check out suppliers

You need good suppliers to save you money and nerves. If you don’t want to spend time chasing your tradespeople, invest a little effort in finding the good ones. Start asking around your local area for references by walking around your neighbourhood and noting those properties that have a fairly new conservatory added. Knock at the door and ask if they know their suppliers; people will be happy to help.

Another option is to check at The Trading Standards Institute. They work with the Local Authority Assured Trader Scheme Network (LAATSN) to help homeowners find trustworthy suppliers to carry on your conservatory built.

2. See if the price is all-inclusive

When you get your quote, make sure the price you see is the price you pay. You don’t need significant extra costs added on before the final cost is reached. Ideally work with just one conservatory supplier that delivers a broad range of materials so there is a clear price for the entire project. Then look if VAT and delivery costs are included.

3. Get at least three separate quotes

Surprisingly enough, many people still take the first price they’re offered. If you are to embark on such a big project, it’s always a good idea to get three separate quotes. The easiest way to do it is to contact a reliable online conservatory quotation service. With just a couple of phone calls or online quotation request forms you could easily save yourself a serious amount of money. A good conservatory quote provider will send your request to selected conservatory specialists. Up to three local specialists will contact you and offer competitive quotations to you so that you can make your choice.

4. Check to make sure quotes are comparable

When making your conservatory quotation enquiry, make sure you are as specific as you can. This way, your quotes will refer to the same specifications (e.g. conservatory frames, roof, glass etc). Be aware that some conservatory companies use cheaper uPVC profiles which contain recycled material. These will cause the conservatory frames to discolour over time and leave the conservatory frames and doors at risk of warping.

5. Check quality of fittings, locks, hinges and clasps

Poor quality fittings can be more trouble than they are worth. Some conservatory companies use screwed butt joints to join their profiles together, which leaves the joints susceptible to coming apart, harbouring dirt and leaking. Moreover, avoid cheap and less secure locking systems to your conservatory windows and doors.

6. Make sure your money is safe

Paying with a credit card can give you a greater protection than a debit card or cash. By using a credit card you can avoid the risk of falling for scams because credit card transactions are better monitored for patterns that suggest fraud. Moreover, if your items are faulty or don’t show up, you can ask your card provider for a refund in case your original seller doesn’t settle your complaint.

7. Check all items carefully on delivery

You must inspect all items before you sign for delivery. Check for opened or damaged boxes. Read the delivery form, check the items against the form and don’t sign unless you’re 100% happy. If the supplies received are less than what was ordered, or if you receive items that were not ordered, or that are not listed on the requisition form, ask the driver or delivery person about this and write it on the delivery form.