Replacing your windows is usually not that stressful, especially when you buy made-to-order products. However, it can give you headaches if you don’t plan it right.
To ensure your window replacement project goes smooth sailing from start to finish, use these tips from Renewal by Andersen® of Long Island:
Know Where to Begin
It’s imperative to have a sense of direction right from the start. Without setting your goals, narrowing your best options down is next to impossible. Shopping around without knowing what you really want will wear you down and waste your time. Be clear about your motivations for getting new windows and set your priorities straight.
Understand the Financial Side
Another common source of home improvement stress is having the wrong budgeting mindset. The biggest mistake homeowners make when tackling window projects is allocating most of their money to the windows alone. You ought to allot a healthy amount of money to labor and permit application too. Setting aside 20 percent of the project’s cost to absorb any necessary, additional work without stalling the job is also a great idea.
Appreciate the Schedule
You may not be do the heavy lifting, but knowing what happens when is paramount. This way, you can create room in your calendar for the installation or make adjustments to your future plans.
Avoid Last-Minute Changes
Change orders might be essential to address unforeseen structural problems, but you should avoid them as much as possible. They can affect your project’s overall cost and timeline. If you must modify the original plan to get the right casement, double-hung, bay, bow, sliding, picture or specialty windows, then be sure to track all alterations in writing. Unrecorded changes are the typical root of misunderstandings and disputes.
Anticipate the Unexpected
Nothing is more bothersome than dealing with surprise structural issues. While ignoring them is not an option, preparing for any curve balls your home might throw is the best you can do. An experienced contractor can help predict potential structural challenges prior to the actual construction. Ask your window professional what should concern you to anticipate any damage, as well as to determine existing inconsistencies with the latest building code.
Turn to Renewal by Andersen of Long Island for a stress-free window replacement project. Our start-to-finish process covers all the bases for a frictionless job. Call us at (631) 206-6773 or fill out our contact form to schedule your free, in-home consultation and to learn about our products, services and financing options. We serve clients in Huntington and nearby areas.