When it’s time to consider window replacement, it can seem like an overwhelming task. Often, the hardest part isn’t choosing a window but picking the right contractor to complete the work. Below are four tips to help you find the right fit.
Do the Research
Take the time to find the right contractor for the job. Asking trusted friends for recommendations is a good place to start but not the ending point. While the company might have worked well for them, a lot can change between projects. You can also get recommendations from local consumer protection agencies or other homeowner organizations that can provide names of reputable companies in your area. Once you get a recommendation, don’t stop there. It is recommended to research a minimum of three options.
Meet in Person
Once you have compiled a list of contractors, it’s important to call each contractor to ask questions. Considering the impact window replacement will have on your home and life, a smooth talker needs to back up their words. Any uncertainty on the contractor’s part should be met with hesitation. Once a few contractors have satisfactorily answered your questions, set up a time to meet them. Meeting face to face provides a better idea of who you will be working with and the type of communication you can expect from them.
Consider the Costs
While most people love to save money, an exceptionally low price may mean exceptionally low service. Contacting several contractors provides the added benefit of securing a ballpark idea of how much your project will cost. Any contractor that is significantly lower or higher may not be worth the time.
Get It in Writing
After choosing a contractor, get it in writing. Your window replacement contract should have every small detail of the project including payment schedule, liability, materials to be used, project start and end date, just to name a few. A contractor willing to sign a clear contract means they understand how important your renovation is.