Are you looking to hire a window contractor to replace your home’s windows? Installing new replacement windows is a great investment for your home. Not only do they add beauty but new windows also provide comfort and efficiency. You’ll want to hire a professional window vendor to make sure the job is done right. But what questions should you ask? We’ll show you so you’ll be well on your way to enjoying your home improvement and savings.
1) What Are Your Licensing and Qualifications?
It is wise to know who you are hiring for the job. A contractor is anyone you hire to provide materials and labor to complete a home improvement task. Some contractors focus on a specific type of project, such as window replacement contractor or window vendor, while other contractors work on a number of project types as in a General Contractor.
Each window vendor you consider should have their license. Check your state and local requirements as they do differ. You’ll want to ensure the window contractor you hire is properly licensed for window installation. Ask them also if they have any additional training specifically for windows.
2)Are You Bonded and Insured?
Of course, your window installer should also be bonded and insured to protect themselves and you. The last thing you want to happen is to have your hired contractor get injured on the job or damage your property and find out they are not insured. Ask if they have insurance for personal liability, worker’s compensation, and property damage coverage. Once you decide to hire one, request their insurance company name, policy number, and policy limits.
3)What Windows Do You Install?
Before shopping for a window contractor, it’s wise to know what brand and model of window you want. Consider what window is best for your home. Consider double pane windows or triple-pane windows. Think about style and features. Knowing upfront what windows you want will help you find a professional who works best with that particular type and brand of window.
4)What Do You Include In the Installation?
Not all contractors offer the same thing so make sure you ask the question. Will your installer include finishing services? Some offer both interior finishing, such as adding trim to a window and painting, while others do not. Also, ask if the installation includes removal and disposal of the old window.
5)Will You Pull a Permit?
You’ll want to check your local building agency to inquire if a permit is required for window replacement. Your local window contractor should also be aware of permitting requirements and be well experienced in pulling the permit and undergoing inspection.
6)What Warranties Do You Offer?
When purchasing windows, you’ll want to read the warranty carefully. Consider if the windows themselves are defective or somehow the installation of the windows are not done correctly. How will you be protected? Many window manufacturers provide a 10 year warranty. The workmanship of the window replacement contractor you choose should also provide some sort of warranty such as 2 years. Ask these questions when you are shopping for a window vendor. Discuss who will manage warranty details and responsibility.
7)Can You Provide Me a Detailed Estimate?
Each window replacement estimate should include not only the overall cost of the project but also materials, labor, timeframe, and payment plan policies. It is wise to get several bids for the project so that you can compare. 3-4 estimate is a good number to be able to make a decision. When you receive these estimates, you can evaluate not just on the proposed cost, but on a number of other factors including the contractor’s communication style, their timeliness, and the detail within the estimate. Who best would you like to work with?
8)Can You Provide References?
Just like you would check reviews of the windows themselves, take the time to verify references of window vendors. Ask the window contractor for several references and take the time to email and call these individuals. Develop a list of questions to be able to evaluate and make a good decision. You want a reliable and trustworthy professional and you can learn a lot from others on how they experienced that window contractor.
9)What Can You Do With My Budget?
Window contractors can be open to negotiation. It can’t hurt to ask if they are willing to agree on a lower price. Be respectful in your conversations and be open to options. It may be that the contractor can’t lower price but extend preferable financing options.
10) How Long Will the Project Take?
If you are ordering custom windows, it can take time, so be sure to ask how long the entire project will take from order to completion. You should be clear on what to expect as far as timeframe and logistics. Determine if weather plays a part in your new window installation. Knowing exactly for how long your windows will be out of commission until everything will be done will give you peace of mind.
In conclusion, hiring a window contractor is a big decision as there are thousands to choose from. We hope our questions will help you come to a good decision on a reputable and trustworthy professional window contractor and a completed window project you can enjoy.