Last Updated on 1 year ago by Nicky Johnson
Replacing the windows in your home can be an overwhelming process. There are many considerations to be made such as what type of framing you need, wood, vinyl, or aluminum?
What type of glass is best for your area and climate? Window replacement is a big job and you may want to consider hiring a professional.
Replacing your windows also offers a great return on your investment in that on average you will see a 70-80% return on the market value of your property.
Window replacement is expensive and most home window replacement companies offer to finance if needed. Doing some research will give you some insight into the process, and an idea of what to expect on your project.
Hire a Licensed And Insured Company
Ask your contractor for proof of insurance. Reputable companies will be licensed and insured in the state where they are doing business. Being licensed and insured protects you as the homeowner against dishonest contractors.
The license requires them to have the skills required to do the job to industry standards, and the insurance covers any accidental damage to your home or its contents.
When hiring home window replacement companies be sure to ask for references. Qualified references should let you know if the work was done in a timely manner, and if the quality of the work was satisfactory.
Even if the project went smoothly, ask the reference if there was anything that they would change in dealing with this contractor.
Get An Quote
Make sure that you understand the services being performed, how much they are going to cost you, and what they include. You will need a full breakdown of not only how much the actual materials are going to cost, but also how much in labor you should expect to pay. This list should be clearly itemized and easy for a layman to understand.
Guarantee of Workmanship And Materials
Look for a company that offers a guarantee of the work and materials used on your project. Home window replacement companies most often use windows with a “limited lifetime warranty” offered by the manufacturer covering defects or parts in the window.
Be sure that you understand the warranty and what it covers before making your final decision. In addition, ask about installation satisfaction from the contractor and a final inspection when the work is done.
Now is the time to get organized for your window replacement project. Ask your friends and neighbors for recommendations on home window replacement companies. Find out if they were happy with the job done.
Were the workers themselves neat and courteous? Check out the companies referred to you and make sure that they are properly licensed and insured. Be sure you understand what you are paying for in the form of a written quote.
Being knowledgeable about the process and the company you are doing business with will give you peace of mind in replacing the windows of your home.