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Replacing your old windows with attractive, energy efficient ones can do a lot for your home in many ways. What other home improvement project can make your home look great, feel warmer and also make it more energy efficient all at the same time? They can also make you feel better about your house, especially if you choose a style of windows that you really like. Replacing windows, however, can be a costly and time-consuming endeavor, so you want to be sure you know exactly what you’re getting into before you begin.
While it’s possible to save money by doing the work yourself, this is one job you may want to hire a professional for. 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. Before deciding to DIY, you also have to make sure you can spare the time necessary to get the materials and do the work. Choosing the right company or contractor, on the other hand, presents a different set of challenges. To begin with, don’t even make an appointment with a contractor who wants to charge you for just looking at your house; you should at least get a free estimate. If someone you know has had good experiences with any local contractors, this is the best way to locate someone trustworthy. 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. Don’t forget that you want windows that are nice to look at as well as functional. While windows serve the practical function of keeping your home insulated, they’re also part of the decor of your home, so make sure they fit well with your furniture and overall look of your house. If you have, for example a 19th Century (or even older) home with a homey fireplace and antique furniture, you’d want windows that fit with this look. If your home is contemporary, though, you’d obviously be better off with modern style windows. When your windows and everything else goes well together, this will also make your home more attractive to buyers if you ever want to put it up for sale.