According to the US Department of Energy, as much as 10-25% of your heating and cooling bills can be attributed to energy lost through leaky windows. If your windows are outdated, your home’s energy efficiency may not be up to par. Well sealed new windows can lessen the heat transfer in and out of your home and ultimately be the answer to your energy cost savings. If you don’t think window replacement is a do-it-yourself job for you, save time and aggravation by hiring a contractor.
Contractor Hiring Tips
Before you hire a windows contractor here are a few things to consider:
- Determine the style, materials and fixtures you want. Be as specific as possible for a more accurate estimate
- Create a budget. Educate yourself on what is available and pair it with what you want.
- Get three estimates from licensed, reputable contractors. Use online referral sites and ask your friends and neighbors. Make sure each contractor has the same specifications so the estimates are comparable.
- Compare the pricing, materials, and lead times for each estimate.
- Make sure you have a written home improvement contract with your contractor including your contractor’s name, address, and phone number. The document should include: start and end dates, a detailed description of the windows installation, a list of the materials to be used, details of payment, and the contractor’s signature and license number.
Once you have a signed, written contract that details the job, there’s no disputing the original agreement. In the end you’ll enjoy the view from your window and energy savings.