If you are looking for ways to save money on electricity, you may have conducted research on purchasing new windows. Like other exterior upgrades, you should do a few things to prepare for your installer.
Contact Your Community’s Building Office
Your first task should be to contact the building office in your community. Some states and cities require that you purchase a building permit for any major external home renovation or building project. If your replacement windows are significantly different from the windows you are removing, your fee may increase. In fact, you may even have to appear before a city department, such as a planning commission.
Find a Reputable Installation Company
As you prepare your documentation, you should start interviewing contractors. Search for online reviews, and make sure they have a positive Better Business Bureau rating as well as a positive reputation with your local chamber of commerce. Ask the contractors about their licensing and insurance. Find out how they will protect your belongings, such as laying drop cloths, and whether they provide post-installation cleanup. Get an installation quote and timeline.
Prepare Your Documents
If you must meet with a community department, be sure you gather your documents. First, find any information you have on your old windows. Then, gather the relevant information about your new windows, including their energy star ratings and how they will improve your home. In addition, get a quote for the windows as well as the contractor’s cost for installing them. Your neighbors may also be invited to the hearing, but it is uncommon for them to dispute your installation because any property improvements you make also increase their property values.
Prepare Your Home
Finally, move everything away from the inside and outside of your existing windows, so the installers have easy access. Remove your curtains or other window treatments and anything on your walls that could get damaged.
With proper preparation, your new windows can be installed quickly and properly.