Window Replacement Contractors: Finding Your Best Options
March 18, 2011
Saving money is a high priority, but when planning your window replacement project, it's important to interview window replacement contractors for reasons other than finding the cheapest installation. Your windows contractor should be properly licensed through your state's contractor's licensing board, and should also be able to provide references. Here are some considerations for finding the best contractor for matching your needs and the scope of your project.
- Experience: Ask prospective windows contractors how long they've been in business in your area and verify that they hold current business and contractor's licenses. Verify that your windows contractor is factory authorized to install the windows you're buying.
- References: Ask for references from neighbors and acquaintances who have recently replaced their windows. Ask prospective window replacement contractors for references from satisfied customers.
- Itemized estimates: Don't be rushed into signing any window purchase or installation contracts until you've received and reviewed an itemized estimate of all costs.
- Scheduling: Installing new windows is a major home improvement project; contractors will typically require a homeowner on site during the installation process. Talk contractors in advance to avoid scheduling conflicts and misunderstandings.
- Your budget: Although cost isn't the only consideration, don't be talked into going overboard on your budget for replacement windows.
Buying and installing new windows requires research and planning, but the time spent will be worth it when you're enjoying the benefits of your new windows.