Looking for a way to enhance your home’s design and add some serious curb appeal? What about saving money on your utility bills?
New windows can lower energy costs by $50 per month. They can update the look of your home, adding character and boosting the resale value.
Window replacements can add significant style to your home while increasing energy efficiency. When considering a home renovation project, new windows are one of the most popular updates to make.
If you’re hiring a professional for the task, there’s still a lot of prep work to do to make the process quick and smooth.
Here’s how to get your home ready for brand new windows.
Rearrange Your Furniture
An entire house window replacement is one of the most common home renovation projects. Poor insulation and trouble shutting and opening windows are signs that it’s time to replace your windows.
Once you’ve made the decision to replace windows, you’ll need to prep your home. Depending on the layout of your home and furniture setup, you may need to do some rearranging.
You’ll need to clear the way for anything that blocks the installer’s path to your windows. Pay special attention to your kitchen windows. Areas above and around the sink tend to get cluttered with utensils, decor, and knick-knacks.
Rearranging your home is only temporary. But will make a huge difference in how quick the installer can remove old windows and bring in new ones.
This also goes for your home’s exterior. Benches, tables, and chairs will all need to get moved if they stand in the way. You may need to tie small trees and shrubs back as well.
Don’t forget any decor on the outside of your windows, such as hanging holiday wreaths or sticker decals.
If your home is more than one story, make sure the installer is able to set up a ladder. You may need to move some patio furniture or lawn decor around for this.
Remove Window Treatments
Before installing replacement windows, those long flowing curtains will need to come down. They will only get in the way of the installer and could get damaged.
You’ll also need to remove interior shades and blinds before the installer arrives. You should be able to leave curtain rods, as long as they don’t obstruct the window area. But double check with your installer first.
Exterior shutters should be fine to leave as is. As long as they are separate from the actual window.
Protect Your Valuables
Take down any precious artwork or decor hanging near your windows. It could get bumped into and broken by accident.
There’s going to be a lot of sanding, stripping, priming, and painting. Replacing a window can get messy, despite an installer’s efforts to keep it as clean as possible.
It’s also best to cover up furniture, rugs, or flooring near windows. The installer will set up drop cloths around the window. But you may want to take an extra precaution to protect couches and chairs from dust and dirt.
If you have a large rug in your living room or bedroom, you can cover it. Or store it somewhere safe for the time being.
Allow Proper Access
If you’re not able to be home for the installation, make sure your security system is aware.
Turn off your alarm for the day or set up a guest access code for the installer. This way they won’t set off any alarms and cause a delay in installation. Window security system sensors will also need to get removed.
When giving the installer a tour of your home, show them the easiest routes to take. Let them know which doors and entrances will be best to use. Show them where they can park their vehicles.
The installation crew will need a power source for their tools. Be sure to point out interior and exterior outlet locations. Remove electronics from outlets so they can get used by the installers.
Also, make sure pets are out of the way. Place them in a safe location or ask a friend or neighbor to pet sit.
If the installation occurs when the family is home, make sure young children don’t get in the way. This is dangerous and can also be distracting for the workers. Take the family out somewhere for the day or play in the backyard, well out of the way.
It’s important to vet a few reputable contractors. Ask these questions to make sure you’ve found the right fit for your project. You should feel comfortable and confident in letting your contractor into your home.
Window installation isn’t an extreme or long process. But the installer will be working throughout your entire home. Depending on the size of your house, installation takes about a day to complete.
Do a walkthrough with your contractor beforehand. Let them know which bathroom they can use and make sure it’s well-stocked on installation day. Provide extra toilet paper, hand towels, and soap for the crew.
You likely won’t be installing new windows in the winter time. So if it’s a hot summer day, offer them water to drink. Have fresh coffee brewed to give them a burst of energy in the morning.
Or go full Martha Stewart with fresh lemonade or iced tea. The workers will appreciate the gesture and may get the job done quicker than expected.
Plan Ahead In Renovation Projects
If you’re undergoing a full home renovation, consider waiting on certain design projects until window renovations are complete.
A home’s replacement window cost averages about $500 per window. Double-hung and sliding windows will cost more than single-hung. So you’ll also want to make sure you budget with your other home renovation projects.
You’ll also want to think about new landscaping. When remodeling a porch to add an enclosure, it’s best to wait on shrubs, trees, and other flowering plants.
The installer will need to get all around the outside of the porch to install windows. You wouldn’t want them to trample your freshly planted greenery on accident.
You may also want to wait on installing brand new carpet. Or installing new tile right before window replacements. The dust and debris from installing windows could settle into the grout and discolor it.
The Best Window Replacements for Added Style and Efficiency
With so many options for window replacements, you want to make sure you’re selecting the right design for your home.
Go over various options in style, efficiency, and range of budget. Consider your home’s exterior color and how windows can enhance this.
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