We ordered a dozen windows w/installation from Home Depot last month. While things went ok with the sales person who was kind, accommodating, and knowledgeable, the rest of the process / phases went very sour.
We had an absolute horrible experience from the pre-installation to the installation and post installation parts. On June xx, we received a call from a Home Depot staff who scheduled the installation for Thursday June xx between 10 am and 12 pm. The lady repeated Thursday and 10-12 pm several times and so did we when confirming the day, throughout the call. This call was recorded.
However, on Wednesday June 21, we began receiving phone calls from 8:30 am from Home Depot telling us they were near our house and that we had to let the crew in. You can imagine that we were absolutely chocked and highly stressed as we were getting ready for work and this was not the plan wed agreed on. We explained everyone that there was an error on the scheduling and that they were supposed to come over the next day. The guy on the phone was angry and refused to hear anything we had to say. We called the lady who scheduled the appointment but she wouldnt pick up the phone or call me back. We called the main number and asked the man on the phone to check the recording of the phone conversation scheduling the installation but he refused. His crew called again and told us they were on our porch and had to get the work done or they wouldnt come back. So we pretty much had to let them in. They stormed in the house and started taking things apart and making a mess, without ever telling us what they were about to do.
Due to their scheduling mix up we had to shift shift our entire schedule around. We asked for a copy of the recording but of course they refused to let us listen to it. The crew/installers rushed throughout the installation process, running around like mad people, up and down the stairs, knocking things around, scratching walls, floors, and surfaces around the windows, leaving debris all over and open spaces around the windows (outside parts). Some of them left while there was still lots of work to finish up, leaving 1 guy and myself to clean up the mess. Then the last guy (Matt, the most professional and caring one) had to leave and we were left cleaning up the crews mess from about 5ish pm to 8:30 pm. There was calk on the floors and surfaces, all over the freshly painted deck, debris outside by the porch, scratches on the wooden stairs, wall paint scratched, and not to mention that all the new windows were dirty, covered with grease marks and stains. When we pointed those items out, the responses we got were either: oh we dont do that, we dont have cleaning products, we didnt leave those debris on the stairs (then who did, my house is always immaculate and the debris were dragged around as the crew was running in & out the house, up & down the stairs). Installing 12 large size windows from about 9 am to 4 or so, gives you an idea on how rushed and unfinished the job was.
Anyway, its done now and we managed to get Home Depot to offer a small discount on the already-paid cost, which covers a tiny bit of the damages but its better than nothing. That would have been good enough to move on and forget about it all but the way they continued to handled the situation (lack of communication, being dismissing) was frustrating and totally disrespectful. Their communication line is totally broken: we kept getting calls to schedule a measurement visit after that step had already been accomplished! If you order from them, just keep record of all communication and make sure youre prepared to supervise the work and ask questions before they start the installation.