Thinking about installing new windows in your home? It’s one of the best decisions you’ll ever make.
New windows will improve your home’s curb appeal. It’ll also give your energy efficiency a boost. In most cases, it’ll even send the value of your home skyrocketing, which can really help you if you’re selling your home.
Before you have new windows put into place, though, it’s important to find the right window replacement contractor for the job.
This is often easier said than done. There are more than 26,000 window installation companies scattered around the country. It can make it tough to narrow down your search to the best possible window replacement contractor.
Here are 6 tips that will make your search slightly easier.
1. Ask Family, Friends, and Neighbors for Recommendations
Do you know someone who had replacement windows installed in their home recently?
Begin by talking to them about what their experience was like. They should be able to shed some light on what they enjoyed about working with their window replacement contractor.
Ask questions like:
- “Did you like the window products your contractor had to offer?”
- “How were their prices?”
- “Was it easy to schedule a window installation with them?”
- “Did they show up on time for the installation?”
- “How did your windows look when they were finished?”
- “Is there anything you didn’t like about the way they worked?”
Your goal should be to find out as much information about the window replacement contractor that a family member, friend, or neighbor used. It’ll let you know if you should consider giving them a call to install windows for you.
2. Read Through Lots of Online Reviews
If you don’t have anyone in your family who has installed new windows in their home recently, you’re not out of luck. There are other ways for you to find out what people have had to say about window replacement contractors in your area.
The easiest way to do it is by Googling “window contractor” and taking a look at what pops up. You’ll get access to a long list of window contractors in your specific city or town and reviews to go along with them.
These reviews will let you know what kinds of experiences people who live near you have had with different window contractors. They should help you figure out which contractors would be worth calling as well as which ones you should stay far, far away from.
3. Check Out Window Replacement Contractors’ Websites
After you’re done checking out online reviews for window contractors in your area, go the extra mile and check out their websites, too. A reputable window replacement contractor should have a website up and running.
On a window contractor’s website, you’ll be able to learn more about:
- The specific window installation services they offer
- The areas they serve
- The experience they have with windows
- The approach they take to window installation
- The best ways to reach them
If a window replacement contractor has a website that’s bare bones, it might not be the worst thing in the world. But it might also be a sign that they don’t take their business as seriously as they should.
4. Talk to Several Different Contractors on the Phone
At this point, there should be several window replacement contractors that stand out from the rest. In between asking family, friends, and neighbors for recommendations and reading online reviews, you should have three or four contractors that look like good candidates for your window installation.
Set up phone interviews with each of them and spend 15 to 20 minutes talking to them about what you want to do. Tell them what kind of windows you’re thinking about installing and ask them to speak with you about what would make them the right contractor to install them.
Each contractor on your list should be more than happy to talk to you for as long as you want. They should also be happy to talk at length about the products and services that they can offer to you.
5. Obtain Quotes From Contractors
Choosing the cheapest window replacement contractor for window installation is just about the worst way to go about doing things. You should be concerned about more than cost when you’re looking for a window contractor.
But cost is something you’ll need to discuss eventually. And the best way to go about talking price is by asking each contractor you speak with to provide you with a quote.
Their quotes should be based on:
- The type of windows you want
- The number of windows in your home
- The size of your windows
- The difficulty of your window installation project
The quotes will give you an opportunity to see which contractor will offer the best products and services at the right price.
6. Pick a Contractor You Trust
No matter which window replacement contractor you choose, you need to be able to trust them.
Your window contractor is going to walk in and out of your home dozens of times during your window installation. They’re also going to be in and out of almost every room that has a window in it.
If you don’t feel like you can trust them to have free rein in your house, you’re going to be on pins and needles the whole time they’re installing your windows. You’re going to worry about whether or not they’re respecting your home.
Avoid this by keeping trust in mind when picking out a window contractor. You’ll have a much better experience overall.
Hire the Right Window Replacement Contractor Today
With so many window contractors to choose from, it can take some people weeks on end to pick the right ones for their installation.
Use the tips listed here to make the process go quicker. You can find the right window replacement contractor for your installation in a few days if you’re willing to do your homework and track down the best options. It’ll allow you to get new windows installed in your home in no time.
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