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One of your first considerations when doing such a project such as window replacement is to consider the time of year in which to begin.
One of your first considerations when doing such a project is to consider the time of year in which to begin. Many people will start once spring has arrived, leading into summer, so that they have clear and warm days to work. While windows are being replaced, your home will be open to heat, cold and rain, so it’s best to do this during the mildest possible time.
If you want to get the best possible type of insulation from your windows, you should go with triple pane windows, though these of course will also be more expensive. The cost of the windows you need will be determined, for the most part, by the climate where you live. If you live in a mild climate, you may not have to worry too much about this so you can focus more on the appearance and durability of the windows. Unless you have a good recommendation from a reliable person, you should get several estimates before choosing a company to do your work.
Unless you are competent at home improvement projects, replacing your windows should be hired out, and you should know what questions to ask. Many companies aren’t above doing underhanded things to get a job, such as replacing windows, so don’t jump to taking a bid without checking it out first.
One thing that happens quite often in business, is thinking a bid includes more than what gets written down. Make sure you know exactly what you are getting, for example does the bid price include hauling away the old windows. Also inquire about what kind of warranty there is, and make sure you get this in writing. Reputation is the reason for you to hire someone, because they will want to have everything written down to protect both sides.
If you’re replacing your windows or hiring someone to do it, there will naturally be some sort of warranty attached to the job and materials -make sure you understand this ahead of time. You’ll want to know exactly what type of conditions, and for what length of time, the warranty is good for. In some cases, the warranty may be lifetime, and may even be transferable if you sell the house; this would be a good selling point to a prospective buyer. If you’re buying quality windows or dealing with a contractor that has confidence in his work, you should get a warranty that protects your investment for a long time.
To make your house look better and be more energy-efficient, all you need to do is replace the windows. By now you should realize that changing your windows is something that you need to carefully consider before you get started. If you’re confident in your ability to do the job yourself, that’s fine, but otherwise you’re better off spending a little extra and getting a reliable professional to do it for you.