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Starting your window replacement project must begin with choosing the best time of year to do it. 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. The reason for choosing these particular times of the year is that your house will be open with some of the windows missing as you work. If your country or state is known for its ever-changing or bad weather, especially at certain times of year, these are considerations that need to be discussed.
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. If you make any mistakes, you can do damage to the windows or frames and then it will have cost you rather than saved you money. You should also factor in the amount of time it will take to replace your windows. Of course, if you choose to use a contractor, then you also have to take certain precautions to make sure you pick the right one. 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. Ask your friends, relatives and local acquaintances for recommendations, as this is the best way to find a good contractor. You may also be able to find reviews of contractors or window replacement companies online.
You can take a tax credit on some windows if they are the energy efficient type. Not only will you be reaping the rewards of these windows by saving energy, but also getting an additional savings by taking the tax credit as well. The Energy Star plan endorses windows in the U.S. As long as you’re thinking in this way, you can also get tax credits for taking other measures that insulate your house, such as energy efficient doors and insulation. Your home expenditures should decrease somewhat as will your tax obligations.
Regardless of whether you’re going to buy your own materials and do the job yourself or hire a contractor, one thing you want to be very clear about are the guarantees or warranties that cover the work and materials. There may be different guarantees for the glass and non-glass parts of the window. If you get a truly comprehensive warranty, it might even extend to the home’s next owner, which could be an attractive feature if you ever want to sell. Contractors or stores/companies that are selling you windows should be confident enough in their products or services that they’re willing to give you a generous and extensive warranty in exchange for your business.
Putting new windows into your house will give it extra value. Some projects make your house look brand-new, for example painting the house and changing the windows. In these times of escalating fuel bills, it can also reduce your heating costs, which is one of the best reasons to do it. When to replace your house’s windows is a decision you will be able to make once you have all of the correct information.