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Before you do anything, make sure you start this project at the right time of year. Beginning in late fall is a great time because typically the weather is dry and the climate is relatively warm. To prevent getting cold at night, choosing a warmer time of the year to work is the best choice. 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.
The best value will cost more in the beginning, and that is getting triple pane windows for their insulation qualities. Depending on the weather in the region where you live, you will know how energy-efficient the windows will need to be. When you live where the climate is nether extremely hot, nor extremely cold, the efficiency, energy-wise, of the windows doesn’t need to be the main factor. The best recommendation for the right company comes from a reliable friend, but since that isn’t always there, you will need at least three bids before making your choice.
If you’re going to hire someone to replace your windows, it’s important to know what questions to ask them. Many companies aren’t above doing underhanded things to get a job, such as replacing windows, so don’t jump to taking a bid without checking it out first.
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. Reputation is the reason for you to hire someone, because they will want to have everything written down to protect both sides.
It is important that you also replace the basement windows. The basement is important, no matter if it is completely finished, or unfinished and only used for storage. The basement is no different from any other part of the house, in needing energy-efficient windows that are also attractive and secure. 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 quality windows are easier to break into, therefore they are a security risk. Anything that raises the value of your house is good, and that is what good quality windows do.
Depending on how long you have lived in your house, one of the best upgrades you can do is to replace the windows. With the importance of replacing the windows of your house, you definitely want to have the right windows, as well as the right installer. Replacing windows is not some small job that is easy to do, so you probably be better off hiring a professional, even if you feel that you are qualified.