Wednesday, 13 December 2017

4 Factors to Consider When Buying a Summer House Online

The rapid pace of online expansion seems it will go on forever, and there is hardly anything that can’t  e put in a virtual shopping cart, purchased, and despatched. Shopping online is, for many consumers, the only way to go, yet there are some important factors to consider before taking your virtual shopping cart to the checkout, and here are just a few. 

1. The Right Web Security – One thing you can instantly check is the website address, which should begin with HTTPS – and the S stands for “secure site”, which is one sign that the supplier has a registered business. The truth is, there is an element of risk when buying garden summer houses online, as you have not the opportunity to physically inspect the product prior to making the purchase, and the best solution to this, is to use the website as a guide, and if you like what you see, take note of the physical address of the company – if that is not visible, it should set off alarm bells in your head – and make an appointment to view the summer house when erected in an outdoor environment. 

2. Visit the Supplier’s Trading Premises – If the supplier has nothing to hide, they will advertise the fact that they have a bricks and mortar premises, where you can actually view the summer house in all its glory, and if, for any reason, this is not possible, simply move on, as there are established online suppliers who also have a large business premises where the customer can inspect the units.

3. Independent Customer Reviews – One cannot trust testimonials that are not verifiable, as anyone can make up a long list of wonderful testimonials and post them on their website. There are many independent review organisations that have no preference either way, and they typically work on a 5- tar rating, and you should look for anything above 4.5 to be sure they are as good as they say they are. This means that any company that is not up to scratch is easily identified, and as the supplier has no control over the ratings system, it offers the consumer some hard facts about the company’s overall service. 

There is an informative article that examines the importance of online reviews, which should help you to understand the need for this. 

4. Established and Experienced – Avoid any new companies, as there is a much greater risk of ending up dissatisfied, and a summer house is hardly a small ticket item. Ideally, their website would have a lot of useful information about how the units are made, including the type of timber used. Nordic timber is the best, as it grows very slowly in the cold climate, and this makes the wood very dense and less likely to split or crack. 

Buying anything online has an element of risk attached, and a summer house is something you really need to see assembled, and viewing a few images is in no way sufficient evidence of quality. While it is wise to start your search for a supplier online, this must be followed up with a visit to their premises, where you can actually experience the unit prior to making a decision.

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