Good windows should last you 15 to 20 years. At some point, your windows will need to be replaced. While it is not an exciting home upgrade, it is one that will add significant value to your house and make it more energy efficient. When considering window replacement, there are four steps you should follow to find success in this endeavor.
First, determine a budget. Windows can be relatively inexpensive or they can be very pricey. Determine how much you can comfortably afford and shop within that budget. Of course, the quality and efficiency of the windows will improve with a higher cost and that is something you need to consider when setting your budget.
Second, buy at the right time. You should avoid any window replacement projects during extreme weather. Your windows will be completely removed during the process, so it is best to have the project done in the spring or fall rather than in the middle of the summer or when it is snowing outside.
Third, hire a window installer. Window installation can be difficult and if you mess something up, it will be much more expensive than if you just hired someone to do it in the first place. When hiring a professional, you need to feel confident that he or she will meet your expectations. Ask the installer for references and find out if he or she is licensed and insured. You should not go with the lowest bid simply because it is the least expensive. Hire the person who you feel will do the best job.
Fourth, pay when the job is completed. When you sign a contract, there will be some money required up front. You should negotiate that amount to pay as little as possible, within reason, and then pay the remainder after the job is completed and has met your expectations.
Window replacement should result in better energy efficiency for your home when it is done by a professional. He or she can help you select the best windows for your budget.