Are the Phones Dead?
January 12, 2011
It's official. We're in the new year and the $1,500 tax credit is over. As we've reported in recent weeks, many manufacturers and dealers saw quite a rush in the last few weeks of the year as homeowners scrambled to get their window and door upgrade projects done in time to claim the incentive on their taxes.
As 2010 wrapped up, we also heard rumblings from window and door companies that the first quarter of 2011 would likely be slow because of the pull-forward phenomenon created by the credits. Some companies' leaders predicted that the phones would stop ringing for a while because most consumers who were planning window and door projects moved their timelines up a bit to get the work done in 2010.
Please let me know what you're experiencing. Is there a tax credit hangover? Have your phones stopped ringing now that the $1,500 carrot has gone away? Are you talking about the new lower credits? Send me an email or post a comment below.