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One of your first considerations when doing such a project is to consider the time of year in which to begin. Taking into consideration that you need to work when it is warm and dry, late fall or just before summer begins is a great time to start. 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.
You first have to choose whether you want to replace the windows yourself or find a company or contractor to do the job; for most people, the latter is recommended. 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. You also have to decide if you’re willing to invest the time that this project will take up -remember to include things like measuring, getting all the supplies and cleaning up. 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. You should look for a contractor who will give you a free consultation and estimate. Ask your friends, relatives and local acquaintances for recommendations, as this is the best way to find a good contractor. Nowadays, you can also find customer reviews online for just about any type of service, so you can check to see if any contractors in your area have been reviewed.
Sometimes if you call a particular company, they may have very aggressive salespeople who will try to sell you on the spot. Make sure that you have at least three estimates before deciding, so that you won’t be talked into anything without having time to think and compare. Don’t let anyone pressure you, because they will take your call the next day. One good thing about getting at least three estimates is that you won’t allow anyone to talk you into something that you will regret later. You do not want price alone to determine which company to use.
It is important that you also replace the basement windows. No matter what your basement is used for, unfinished and used for storage or laundry, or finished and used as another room, the windows are important. Whatever reason you have for replacing the windows of your house, the same reason should apply to the basement. Poor windows in the basement allow cold air to get in, and this cold air will cause the whole house to become colder. Basement windows give easy access to a house, especially if they are of inferior quality. The final reason for replacing your windows with high quality, efficient windows, is that it raises the value of your house. You will see, as you begin your project, that window replacement is a long and sometimes difficult journey. This planning will include knowing how much it will cost, what you will need and what type of window is best for you. The only way you’re going to be able to complete this project on schedule is to do this research and stick to the plan itself.