There are a few reasons why you might need to replace a window in your home. Maybe it’s cracked and broken, maybe water damage has caused the area around it to rot and crumble, or maybe you just want to freshen the look of your home. Whatever the reason, you should know a few things about the project before you take it on. That’s because an informed consumer is a savvy consumer. An informed consumer is more likely to get the result they wanted and less likely to get taken advantage of.
Whatever the reason, you’re probably itching to get started on your window replacement. So how do you start? First, read this guide to learn a few pointers you should know.
An informed consumer is more likely to get the result they wanted and less likely to get taken advantage of.
1.Why price my window replacement?
You have a lot of options as a home improvement consumer. Pricing your project helps you know what your options are, and roughly how much each option will cost. Of course, no one is expecting you to become a window replacement expert, but little time spent on research will do you a world of good. You never know – you might uncover some bit of information that could save you quite a bit of time and money!
2.What will this job entail?
Think about the scope of your project. You’ll probably need your old window (or windows) removed, so that might be an added expense you’ll have to pay for. Are your windows especially large? Is your home really old? Is there a lot of water or pest damage at the site of the window? All these factors may mean more money out of your pocket.
3.What kind of window am I getting?
There are so many different kinds of windows on the market. There are windows that claim to filter out the sun’s harmful rays, windows that promise to bring down your heating and air conditioning costs, windows that are beautifully ornate, windows that are pretty plain. Figure out which window you want for your house. You can do this by going down to your local home improvement store and perusing the aisles. Some stores even have window experts on staff that can help you get familiar with the different brands and styles. Even if you don’t want to hire them for your eventual project, they should be happy to give you lots of information.
4.Finding the right contractor for me
The choice as to who you will hire to do work in your home is one of the more important decisions you’ll have to make. This person (or people) will be working in close proximity to your family and valuable possessions, so you want to feel safe. They will also be taking a sizeable portion of your money, so you want to make sure you are not being taken advantage of and that the work is done right. The best way to make sure that the contractor that you hire is one that you’ll love is by asking for references. Ask them to put you in touch with former clients and ask those people what they thought of the work. You can also ask potential hires for photos of past work. Make sure you get a price quote in writing right up front and lay out a realistic time table for how long the work should take to complete.
Having a window replaced is a good way to freshen the look of your home while also bringing down your home heating and air conditioning bills. Don’t procrastinate – get started today by pricing your project!