It's not uncommon when you do something for the first time to have a sense that you’re missing something. And since it’s your first time, you don’t know what it is you could be missing. We’ve all been there. We don’t want you to have that feeling about windows. Improving your home should be something that excites you and makes you feel good. Not something that fills you with dread.
Follow the steps on this checklist and you can be sure that you’ve done your due diligence, are making an informed decision and can be proud of the improvement you made to your home.
The first step to buying new windows starts with…
Evaluating Your Current SituationWhat condition are your windows in? Do they need to be replaced or would it be wiser to have them repaired? When were these windows installed?
By answering these questions, you are able to come to a concrete conclusion that replacing your windows is something you need to do or just something you want to do. Once you’ve evaluated your situation, you will be better prepared to move forward.
If you aren’t exactly sure what you should be looking for, refer to this post on 3 ways to tell its time to replace your windows.
Learn About WindowsOnce you know which course of action to take, do a little research on what final product you might want.
There are all types of windows.
Figuring out the simple pros and cons of each will go a long way to helping you make a decision.
By doing this you’ll also have an idea about what you want before talking to salesmen or window professional. Most professionals will be helpful and able to walk you through the options available, but every now and then you’ll run into someone who just wants to sell you something.
By doing just a little bit of research ahead of time, you’ll be able to recognize who is helping you out and who just wants you to sign a check.
Compare Companies and Receive EstimatesEven if you have a strong idea about who you want to work with, looking at more companies and receiving a couple different estimates is never a bad idea.
Something may sound great until you hear another company’s estimate and it’s even lower.
Don’t limit yourself. Find out what’s out there. Also see what other people who have worked with the company have to say about their work. Talk to friends and family, your neighbors, read reviews online, get as much information as you can before making your final decision.
Get What You WantAfter you find a company who can provide what you want at the right price, make sure you aren’t assuming responsibility for anything they should take care of. You want someone who will not only provide the new windows, but will also handle installation.
Whatever promises were made during discussions need to be put in writing. Don’t let anyone promise one thing and deliver another. Most companies make good on their deals, but protect yourself against the worst case scenario and you’ll make sure you get what you expect.
Enjoy Your New WindowsIf you stick to the checklist you can be rid yourself of the nagging feeling that you’re missing something and be confident that you’ll love your decision. When you finish the process, you will simply enjoy the added value your new windows bring to the house.