Replacing your windows is a significant investment to make for your home and one that shouldn’t be done by the homeowners themselves. With that in mind, you’ll have to call your trusted window contractors to do the job for you. Before you sign the dotted line on the contract that they give you, however, there are a few questions you should ask to better understand the process and avoid any misunderstandings.
In this post, Windows by Toll discusses the important questions every homeowner should ask their window replacement contractors.
Can I get An Itemized Estimate?
One of the first things you should do as you have a window contractor examine your home is to ask for an itemized estimate. This will allow you to see what expenses you can expect for your window replacement project such as the parts, labor and even clean up. If your contractor is as reputable as they claim they are, they should have no issue with giving you this breakdown.
Do You Have License and Insurance?
This is one of the most important things you should ask a contractor that you plan to hire. Most states require contractors to have licenses to give homeowners a degree of protection should any issues arise. This is the same for liability or workers’ compensation insurance. With these two things, both the homeowner and contractor are protected from any problems.
Do You Offer Finishing As Part of The Installation Package?
Not all window installation contractors offer finishing services so make sure to ask your contractor what services they include. Check the itemized estimate if the services they perform are listed there as well to prevent any misunderstandings in terms of costs.
What Type of Warranty Do You Offer?
Even if your windows are well-installed, it’s still possible for various kinds of issues to eventually rear their heads such as moisture damage or wood rot. Before you sign the contract, get the details of the warranty policy in writing in case you ever need it and keep the contractor’s contact information nearby just in case.
How Long Will The Project Take?
Depending on the window you order, the project can take a few months to complete so knowing how long your windows will be out of commission will work in your favor. By having a general timeline on hand, you can be at ease as the project is underway.
Is Disposal of The Old Windows Included In The Estimate?
Like finishing services, not all window companies offer disposal of your old windows so make sure to ask this question up front. If your chosen contractor doesn’t include disposal services, ask if they will consider adding it for an additional fee and if not, ask for a recommendation for services that can haul away the old windows.
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