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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Hiring a Contractor? Check Here FIRST!


Congratulations! You've made the decision to replace the older windows in your home with energy-efficient replacement windows. Now, what's your next step?

It's time to start researching window installers who can do the job perfectly and make you happy with the outcome of your replacement window project.

Simonton Windows is happy to offer you the following checklist when "checking out" window installers in your area. And, we confidently recommend our Simonton ProNetwork members as a great source to find top-quality installers in your area! Just CLICK HERE for more details.          

  • Seek out written estimates from at least three different installers. If there are price variations, ask for an explanation and don’t simply select the lowest bidder. Have the installers itemize their estimates.
  • Verify professional licenses, insurance policies and bonding.
  • Do a background check through Angie’s List, the Better Business Bureau or other agencies in your area on any contractor you’re seriously considering for the project.
  • Determine if the project bid being offered by an installer is an estimate or a fixed price. If it’s an estimate, determine a specific amount the price could increase by on the job and set a cap limit.
  • Visit current jobsites of installers you’re interviewing to see their safety practices, how they treat the homes and property, and to gain a feeling for their work skills.
  • Consult with your homeowner’s insurance company to see if there are any additional considerations you should know about when having work performed on your home.
  • Don’t be pressured into signing anything because of an installer’s limited availability or special promotions. Take your time to pick the right installer.
  • Make sure you completely understand all the terms and conditions of a contract before signing.
  • Discuss interior and exterior access to your home with the potential installers. Ask about their cleanup policies, bad weather policies and what other situations may influence their performance. Make sure the installers and their subcontractors are bonded.
  • If your project is estimated at more than $6,000, investigate the option of having the installer post a performance bond for the entire cost of the project.

These are a listing of just some items homeowners should consider before hiring a contractor or window installer. Check with your local Better Business Bureau, homebuilder’s association and other local professional organizations for additional suggestions. Also, visit Window Replacement Made Easy for more tips before your home replacement window project!

 

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