Windows are one of those projects that could be a DIY project if you know what you are doing. If you don’t, it is best to be left to the professionals. However, you should not trust just anyone that claims to be a professional.
You need to make sure that your new windows are being installed by someone that not only knows what they are doing, but also by a company you can trust and is dependable. If you hire a company that is not reputable and they don’t do the installation correctly you could end up being out the money you initially paid for the windows, in additional to the money you will have to pay to fix your new windows with a different company.
Here are a couple of things you can do to prevent that from happening.
Do Your Window Company Research
Don’t just randomly pick a window installation company off of the internet or one that shows up at your door. Do your research!
Ask friends and family that have recently replaced their windows about the company they used. Check online with websites like Angie’s List or other local company sites for current customer reviews to see what companies’ people are having success with and especially the ones they aren’t. Once you have compiled a list of potential companies, look them up with your local Better Business Bureau. See what type of rating they have and what their problem resolution reactions are.
Keep the companies that do right by their customers and toss the ones that don’t.
Window Installation Information
When you are contacting companies don’t be shy to ask questions. A good window installation company will be able to handle all of your questions and give you solid answers. Before you commit to hiring a company, make sure they have told you:
- How long the job will take
- Their installation process
- Their problem resolution procedures
- Any guarantees they offer
Window Company Certification
A good installation company will be bonded and insured, and most likely have earned several certifications. Don’t be afraid to ask for this information. These certifications can be internally from their corporate office or from external organizations, for example:
- Lead Safe Certified Firm (Environmental Protection Agency)
- Certifications for having environmentally safe or energy efficient windows
- Local good business certifications
Windows are such an important part of your home that it is extremely important that you don’t just settle for whatever window installation company you can get. Do your research and be informed! You never know how much money it just might save you in the end.