4 Consumer Tips When Replacing Windows in Your Home

4 Consumer Tips When Replacing Windows in Your Home

There are a number of reasons to replace the windows in your home, including home security, establishing a more energy-efficient home, to repair broken windows, or to enhance the look and feel of your home while improving property value. When doing your due diligence in reviewing replacement options and specialty companies in your area, there are industry tips and tricks that will help you get the best quality product and installation at the best price for your replacement windows.

Cost Includes Both Product and Installation – When meeting with different companies for your in-home estimate, know that pricing is broken out for both the products themselves as well as installation. When reviewing estimates, look at both breakdowns of the bids and ask questions if needed for clarification.

Comparing and Choosing a Company – When evaluating companies, it is generally best to find those accredited with the local Better Business Bureau and that has an A or A+ rating. You will likely also get the best price when working with a company that manufacturer their own windows and completes the installation, effectively removing the middleman and any associated price increase. Ensure that each company offers a free or complimentary in-home consultation, as there is no need to pay even a modest fee for this initial fact-finding service. Reviewing and checking previously satisfied customers and their testimonials is an important step in the selection process too.

Review Rebates and Incentives – Replacement windows is one of only a few upgrades you can make to your home that qualifies in many circumstances with either local, state or federal rebates and incentives. Select window products that are Energy Star partners will also offer rebates, as will your local gas and electric company. Do some initial fact finding and research to identify what kinds of extra rebates you would be entitled to so that you can properly budget your replacement window project.

Identify Installation Turnaround – Oftentimes vendors will tell you it will take three weeks to replace your windows, and sometimes longer if they do not have the product in stock and need to order from their manufacturer. This is another reason to seek out a company that both manufacturers here in the United States and installs their windows, to help shorten wait time and get the best price possible.

Replacement the majority of your home windows can be a large project, but by doing your homework on different products, companies, and rebates or incentives available, you will be able to make an educated decision resulting in the best price, installation and product possible.