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Starting your window replacement project must begin with choosing the best time of year to do it.

Keep in mind that there may be occasions when opening the windows would be a nice option. Given the myriad of windows to select from, you should keep your individual needs in mind, like how they need to open. Of all the selections available, the most commonly used are the vertical and horizontal sliders and the casement windows. Casement windows are hinged similar to a door instead of being vertical or horizontal. Each kind has a different look, and will affect how you open them, so it’s something you should carefully consider. Keep in mind that you have many selections to choose from and can change the style if you want to.

While it can be satisfying and less costly to replace your own windows, in many cases it makes more sense to hire a contractor to do it. You have to keep in mind how fragile windows and frames are; any missteps on your part could mean costly repairs. Furthermore, you have to consider how much time this project will take. As long as you find the right contractor, who is honest and charges a reasonable fee, you may want to consider going this route. You may want to get a few free estimates from local contractors to get an idea of who’s available and what they charge. It’s also best to use someone who’s been recommended to you by a friend or neighbor. If you can’t get a personal recommendation, try to find a contractor who has some positive customer reviews online -with local searches, this shouldn’t be hard to find.

If you’re going to hire someone to replace your windows, it’s important to know what questions to ask them. In any type of business, such as window replacement, there are honest business people, and those that don’t tell the whole truth, so be aware of incomplete estimates.

One thing that happens quite often in business, is thinking a bid includes more than what gets written down. Ask them, for example, if removing the old windows is included or if there’s an additional charge for this. To protect the job you are paying for, make sure that you have a written down warranty. The main reason for always using a company with a good reputation is that it minimizes problems, and what problems there are, can be worked out.

Some people don’t think that the basement windows need to be changed, along with the others. No matter what your basement is used for, unfinished and used for storage or laundry, or finished and used as another room, the windows are important. Having a secure house, all of the windows need to be part of the security plan, even the basement. For one thing, if the windows in the basement are in poor condition, it can be a place for drafts to get in and make the whole house colder. It can also be a security risk if an intruder can easily get in through the windows. New windows that look good, that are secure, and save on energy prices, will raise the value of your house. You will see, as you begin your project, that window replacement is a long and sometimes difficult journey. This planning will include knowing how much it will cost, what you will need and what type of window is best for you. The only way you’re going to be able to complete this project on schedule is to do this research and stick to the plan itself.

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