When it comes time to get replacement windows, if you’re not an expert it can be a tricky and confusing process. If it is well past time for you to get replacement windows, here are some things to ask your contractor about to avoid miscommunications.
Where does one even begin looking for window contractors and how do you know which ones are good, which ones are bad and who to use for your home? Being thorough in what you ask can help you to understand what you’re getting from the company, create clear expectations and overall save any money or trouble from any miscommunications.
Questions to ask about the company
Once you’ve found a few contractors in the Dayton area like Dependable Construction who install replacement windows, it’s time to narrow down who you’re going to use. If you’re not familiar with window contractors or similar companies, it’s important to find out exactly what the business does and if the company will be a good fit for you and your home.
First and foremost, find out the full name and address of the company. One of the scariest things that can happen is to get scammed by a company that doesn’t actually do what they say or even exist. By getting the name and street address of the company you can find out if the company is real, look up reviews on the services they provide and make sure everything seems real. It’s also a good idea to get the name of the manager or talk to that person if at all possible. Find out how long the company has been in business so that you know the company is able to keep clients and has already gone over the learning curve. The longer a company has been in business, the more likely the company has succeeded in previous jobs and will work well for you.
When a company is able to provide references from previous jobs, including before and after photos, it’s easy to know that a company did a good job. If a contractor doesn’t have photos and testimonials, ask him or her for a list of recent customers and their phone numbers to check how their experience with the company was. If there were problems, how did the window replacement company handle it? Were they helpful in getting things fixed or did they challenge the customer? Making sure others have had a good experience means you are much more likely to have a good experience as well. If the contractor isn’t willing to provide references, it’s likely this isn’t someone you want to work with.
Questions to ask about the actual job
Once you’ve picked your Dayton area window replacement company to use, you’ll need to find out some information about the actual job. Having any type of work done on your home can disrupt your everyday life, so it’s important that you’re clear on what it is you need done and your expectations of the job.
If you’ve already determined the job and price of the job, the next important thing to do is find out how long the project will take to get done. Will it take one day to get the windows replaced or will it take multiple days? Will it happen on a weekday or a weekend when you won’t have to take off work for multiple days? These are all things that will directly affect how you live, whether it’s for a few hours or a few days. Knowing the length of the job and including it in your contract is extremely important.
Find out what warranties you’ll receive from the job. Find out the length of the warranty from the manufacturer and consider the fact that your warranty will be better if it is a factory-authorized installation. Don’t be afraid to ask the window replacement contractor to tell you exactly what the warranty covers.
The most important question to ask your Dayton area window replacement contractor is the level of service they’ll provide you with. You should make sure they’ll remove the old windows and won’t mess up your house or the landscaping surrounding it. If they do, they should cover those costs and if something goes wrong, you should feel confident that the company will fix the problems for you without hassle. It’s always important to feel confident in the company you hire, because they’re who you’ll deal with if the service is bad.
The best way to choose a Dayton area replacement window company is to be thorough in your questions and research. Don’t just use price to determine what company you choose. Experience is a business, Dependable Construction understands this.