Your contractor will determine how your window replacement project goes so it is important to find the right one. Doing your research will greatly help narrow down your options during the selection process but you can’t stop there. Before you fully commit to hiring anyone, you have to make sure that you meet them first. In the case of window contractors, you can carry out a meeting when they come in to give you an in-home consultation.
Do you really have to do a meeting?
Yes. Even when you’ve done your research and you’ve found a window contractor that has built a name for themselves by being reliable and offering quality craftsmanship. Meeting with a contractor does entail getting to the nitty-gritty of things for your window replacement but it is also an opportunity for you to get to know who you will be entrusting your home improvement project to. No, this doesn’t mean exchanging deeply personal details about your lives, but feel free to open up about a few things. A meeting is a chance to build rapport with your contractor, after all. The easier it is for you to talk to your contractor, the better you’ll be at relaying what you want to get out of your replacement project exactly. This will help ensure that your contractor delivers precisely what you’re looking for, allowing you to make the most out of replacing your windows.
The Importance of a Meeting
Prior to scheduling an in-home consultation, you may have already told your contractor what your problem is and they may have already given you a few suggestions to consider as solutions. However, it is only when a contractor has actually seen your old windows that they can give you more accurate recommendations. Not to mention that having them in your home puts you in a comfortable place to voice out all the questions you want to ask.
Asking the Right Questions
To get the answers you need, you need to ask the right questions. You should ask questions depending on your personal needs but consider these two to help you get started:
- “Do you perform background checks before hiring installers?” – Asking this question may sound off-putting but it is necessary for your peace of mind. An experienced contractor understands that safety is one of your concerns and thus will do all they can to allay your fears.
- “What’s the timeline going to be like?” – Window replacement projects will vary in length depending on several factors. It is important to know how long yours will run exactly because that will clue you in on any contingencies you have to plan for. Given the number of installations they’ve made, a reputable contractor should have no trouble giving you at least an estimate schedule after seeing your old windows firsthand.
Replacing your windows is a great way to give your home a boost in terms of form and function. By making sure you’re working with the right contractor, you’re guaranteed to make the most out of your investment.
Jon Fleming, along with his brother Don, is the second-generation family business owner of Renewal by Andersen of Westchester. He spent eight years working as a reporter in New York after graduating from college and is now the company’s vice president of sales and marketing. For updates from Jon, check out the company blog!