BUYING WINDOWS - REPLACE WINDOWS - WINDOW REPLACEMENT - HOW TO BUY WINDOWS - WINDOW BUYING TIPS - REPLACE WINDOWS
arranging furniture, furniture arrangement, arrange furniture, redesign business, decorating business
Home Arrange Furniture Basic Redesign Advanced Redesign Deluxe Redesign Getting Clients Hanging Art Arranging Art Decorating Tips Free Newsletter
Sitemap Art Consulting Business Redesigner's Directory Decorating Organizer Get Certified Design Advice Redesign Business

How to Buy Replacement Windows with Confidence

arranging furniture, furniture arrangement, replacing windows When a home gets over 20 years old, the time to replace windows will probably have arrived. A daunting task, to be sure, here are some tips that might help. New windows can really improve the look of an older home while also improving energy efficiency.

Steps:

First you have to decide which windows you want to replace - all of them or just a few.

Next you need to factor in the time of the year. This is the type of project that will take several days and your home may be exposed to the elements.

Contact several replacement-window vendors/installers. It's always a good idea to get bids from 3-5 vendors and always let them know that you are getting other bids.

Some types of windows, such as vinyl and aluminum-clad do not require painting and have low maintenance. Discuss the various window types the vendors offer (wood, vinyl-clad, aluminum-clad) and the merits and costs of each.

Think about the energy-efficiency options, such as standard insulated glass, low-e glass and so forth, offered by the vendors. Think about low-e and other high-tech energy-saving options in the context of the estimated savings on your heating and cooling bills. Ask yourself: Do the expected savings justify the extra cost?

Ask your vendors/bidders for references. Check each reference. Naturally you'll probably only get references where the vendor knows a good reference will be given, but you never know. Ask the references: Were past customers happy with the work done? Was the work completed in a timely manner? Have they had any problems since the installation? Did the contractor leave the site in a clean and undamaged condition? Does the contractor have his workers on workers compensation (if not, you will be liable if one of them gets injured on your property)?

Then choose a vendor/installer based upon price, window type, references, liability risks to you and your impressions.

Make sure that the vendor/installer offers a guarantee(s). Sign a contract for the work, as you always want to have something in writing. Never prepay the order. If ordering the windows separately from a vendor, make sure that the installer has signed off on the list to verify that the windows specified are correct.

Make sure that the installer is properly insured. Don't just take their word for it. Get a valid certificate of insurance from the contractor's insurance company before you pay any money or before the work begins.

A Few Extra Tips:

TWO MOST COMMON TYPES: The two most common types of windows are CASEMENT AND DOUBLE HUNG. Casement windows are typically operated with a crank and open like a door. Double-hung windows have bottom and top sashes that slide up and down to open or close the window.

Most windows consist of a single pane of glass per sash, over which a wood or plastic grille is placed. Insulated windows will have two panes of glass.

A true 'divided lite' window has a built-in frame (instead of the grille) with separate panes of glass in each segment. True divided lite windows are typically two to four times the cost of standard windows.

Be Careful Of:

Your window installer will undoubtedly insist on a substantial deposit. Always try to negotiate the smallest possible up-front payment and a schedule that matches the pace of work and material deliveries. Never, never, never prepay the full amount.

Decorating Walls Without Pictures
How to Buy New Carpet
How to Decorate with Houseplants
How to Choose a Color Scheme
About Arranging Furniture
More on Arranging Furniture
How to Arrange Shelves


BUYING WINDOWS - REPLACE WINDOWS - WINDOW REPLACEMENT - HOW TO BUY WINDOWS - WINDOW BUYING TIPS - REPLACE WINDOWS
Get a Free Newsletter
Tired of making decorating mistakes? Subscribe to my FREE monthly Ezine bringing you hundreds of promotional tips and tricks -- (A $147 VALUE!) All you have to do is send a blank email to our ListManager using the link below - then confirm your subscription when you get a response from ListManager.
Subscribe Free Ezine

Free Tips List

Copyright 2004 Decorate-Redecorate.Com

decorating businesses, top home based business
Become a Decorator and Earn Top Money Decorating for Others
Earn Money as Decorator

art for businesses, how to sell art
Earn Huge Profit as a Corporate Art Consultant
Get Paid to Decorate Businesses

home design, redesign, use what you already own decorating
Redecorate Your Home, Using the Furniture You Already Own
Instant Decorating

use what you already own interiors, arranging art and accessories
Decorate with Art, Pictures, Mirrors, Plants & Stuff
Decorating with Art

arrangement of art, arrangement of pictures
Learn How to Hang Anything and Do It Correctly
Hanging Art


BUYING WINDOWS - REPLACE WINDOWS - WINDOW REPLACEMENT - HOW TO BUY WINDOWS - WINDOW BUYING TIPS -
REPLACE WINDOWS