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Before you do anything, make sure you start this project at the right time of year. This will vary depending on how the climate is where you live, but in general it’s best to do this in the late spring or early fall, when the temperature is moderate. 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. People that live in the equatorial regions, up to about 20° latitude, shouldn’t have to worry about these issues at all.
Many homeowners like the idea of handling window replacement themselves; unless you’re a real DIYer, however, you may be better off hiring a qualified contractor instead. If you’re not experienced at this kind of job, it would be very easy to break a window or frame, and then your attempt to save on costs will have backfired. Before deciding to DIY, you also have to make sure you can spare the time necessary to get the materials and do the work. If you do decide to find a local contractor or company, make sure you do your research first. For one thing, an honest contractor should be willing to come to your house and give you an initial consultation without charging you for this. It’s also best to use someone who’s been recommended to you by a friend or neighbor. You may also be able to find reviews of contractors or window replacement companies online.
There are questions that you need to ask, when you decide to hire the job to replace your windows out to someone else. When you are checking out companies to use for your window replacement job, try to only get estimates from the most reputable ones.
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. To protect the job you are paying for, make sure that you have a written down warranty. An honest company will do what they say, even without having anything written down.
When planning your window replacement project, don’t forget about the basement. The basement is important, no matter if it is completely finished, or unfinished and only used for storage. Having secure, attractive and energy-efficient windows in the basement is just as important as anywhere else in the house. 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. Poor windows become a security risk, when they allow intruders easy access into the basement. If you are looking for ways to increase the value of your property, then replace all of your windows with high quality ones.
One way to begin solving the energy crisis, which a lot of people are concerned about; would be to change out all the old windows with energy efficient ones. You’ll also be improving the atmosphere of your home, and adding another impressive benefit if you ever put it up for sale. When you prepare the installation, whether you do the job or you seek out an installer; you will not be sorry.