It really makes little sense to purchase the best product possible and then try to save money on the installation by going the “Do It Yourself” route, because poorly installed windows and doors will lead to on-going problems, poor product performance, and an unhappy homeowner. Some people, however, worry about how to find a “good” contractor—one who will do the work correctly, in a timely manner, and for a fair price. The following tips will help homeowners find the best replacement window contractor for the job.
- Shop around for reputable contractors who specialize in the type of work you are planning. Newspaper or television advertisements, the Internet, or the Yellow Pages are all good sources to use for locating contractors in your area.
- Make sure the contractor is licensed by the state. Ask for references from past customers and ask for examples of past projects in the area.
- Collect three bids on the project and beware of “Too Good To Be True” low bids.
- Make sure the contractor is willing and able to obtain all permits and inspections in order to comply with local building codes and city ordinances.
- Consider having any contracts or agreements with the contractor reviewed by a real estate lawyer or independent third party.
- Ensure subcontractors are paid upon completion of their work to protect against liens or other legal action that may affect the home.
- Set up a reasonable payment schedule for the project with the contractor. This includes agreeing upon an initial down payment for the project.
- Establish a set work schedule with the contractor to ensure timely completion of the project.
- Always maintain a good working relationship with the contractor.
Going the “do-it-yourself” route is not typically a good idea with window replacement, but it’s important to be careful when hiring a window contractor / installer. Homeowners should do their research to be sure they hire the best company to complete the job.
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