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If this project is going to be large and long in duration, you need to consider what month of the year that you begin to do the work. Many people will start once spring has arrived, leading into summer, so that they have clear and warm days to work. To prevent having rain come into your home while your windows are being replaced, it is a good idea to choose these months of the year. These considerations will only pertain to those that live at very high altitudes or where the weather is known to constantly change.
While it’s possible to save money by doing the work yourself, this is one job you may want to hire a professional for. You have to keep in mind how fragile windows and frames are; any missteps on your part could mean costly repairs. You should also factor in the amount of time it will take to replace your windows. A good contractor can save you all this hassle, but of course you have to make sure you pick a skilled and reputable one. You should look for a contractor who will give you a free consultation and estimate. The best choice would be a contractor who someone you trust has recommended as reliable. Lacking this, you can go online and search for someone who has some good reviews.
Unless you are competent at home improvement projects, replacing your windows should be hired out, and you should know what questions to ask. In order to stay in business, companies or individual contractors, need to have work to do, so many are not above giving you misleading information on their estimates.
You should be absolutely clear about what is and isn’t included in the price they’ve quoted you. Make sure you know exactly what you are getting, for example does the bid price include hauling away the old windows. One reason you hire someone else is to get a warranty, so get it written down for your protection. It is always good to have everything written down, because it protects both sides.
Once you have determined the type of windows and frames that you want, make sure that this lines up with any security issues. Regardless of the style that you choose, or what kind of deal you can get, your windows must always be secure to keep you safe at home. You can, of course, have an alarm system to secure your windows, but the first line of defense should be good locks. Each type of window will have it’s own type of lock, so you should consider this when making your choice. Smashing the glass on your windows is not the goal of most criminals, therefore having the best locks for your protection should be your primary focus.