Installer in SNJ? Windows? Tax credit
1) The 30% tax credit applies only to the actual cost of the replacement window, not the contractor's markup of charge for installation. See below for link to government answer to how to calc the 30%
2) I need someone to buy for me from the manufacturer (the tax credit is 30% of that) then charge me whatever it is they think the job is worth. The usual of course is that we customers do not know what the window costs the contractor/installer, they add their markup, then add whatever the install is worth to them. To apply for the tax credit the bottom line doesn't have to change, but we customers need the contractor's invoice from the manufacturer. I don't think many customers and maybe not contractor/installer too know this.
3) Going to a big box like HD, the cost is loaded on the product purchase side, and install is a much smaller flat fee, $99. If your HD window costs you $600, you get $180 credit. If you go "private", your contractor buys the same window from the manuf. for $250, marks it up to $500, charges you $200 for labor. Seems like you got a deal on the window, and the installer must be better because he charges twice HD. Your tax credit is 30% of $250= $75.
Actually, on HD makes out (lots more profit) but you do better too because you get a $180 credit instead of $75.
3) I may go with HD if I really have to, but I prefer going the "private" route. How can I find a contractor/installer in SNJ? I really like Okna 800, but I have no idea what they cost and the company won't sell to me. A franchise company that uses the 800 gave me a high price of about $800 installed, but wouldn't break it down - told me I get 30% of the entire contract. That's just not right.
How do I find a contractor/installer in my area?
Here is a link that might be useful: Govt answer to question of calc of 30%