Window replacement contractors can remove your existing windows and install new and improved windows in their place. It is important to find the right window replacement contractor for your needs and verify that they are experienced, licensed, and properly insured.
This review discusses questions you should ask a window replacement contractor before hiring.
7 Questions to Ask Your Window Replacement Contractor
You should ask your window replacement contractor about their insurance and licensing and their experience, particularly with projects similar to yours. You should also inquire about the details of the project, such as how long it is likely to take to complete, what you can do to help ensure a successful and fast process, and what final results you can expect.
By asking these questions, along with any additional questions you may have, you can help ensure a fast and effective home window replacement experience.
Are You Properly Insured?
You should always verify that the window replacement contractor you choose is properly insured. A common mistake made by homeowners is hiring a contractor simply because they offer the most affordable rates, only to find out later that they are not adequately insured.
Uninsured contractors are likely to offer lower rates simply because they have reduced costs by not having to pay insurance premiums, putting the risk of any issues during the project onto the homeowner. The two primary policies your window replacement contractor should have are general liability and worker’s compensation. If they do not have both, then you should consider finding another contractor.
Do You Have the Necessary Licensing?
Contractors are required to be licensed in the state of Virginia. A business license, which is merely for tax purposes, is not the same as a contractor’s license. Ask to see the credentials and licensing of the window replacement contractor you are choosing.
You can also trust that a licensed contractor will show a higher level of professionalism and hold themselves to a higher standard as it pertains to the quality of their work.
How Long Have You Been in Business?
Every contractor needs to start somewhere, but you do not want to be a “learning experience” for a contractor that is new to the industry. By choosing a company that has been in business for years and has a history of successfully completed projects, you can feel more confident that the final results of their work can help increase the value of your home. Ideally, you want a contractor that has at least three years of experience.
Do You Have Experience With Similar Projects?
You can trust that you are hiring the right window replacement contractor if they can show you before and after photos of homes that are similar to yours. Every project is unique, but you should have a sense of what results you can expect before you make a final hiring decision.
Specifically, you want to ensure that the contractor has experience removing the types of windows you have currently and can install the window style that you choose.
Do You Have References of Past Work?
Another great way to verify that the contractor you choose is qualified is to ask for references to previous homeowners they worked with. It can be reassuring to hear directly from someone else who worked with the contractor. Of course, you can also check online review sites for more information on the quality of reviews as well.
Can You Provide Warranty Coverage?
Many licensed window replacement contractors offer warranty coverage. This lets you know that they take pride in their work and stand behind their results. With warranty coverage, you are not liable for the costs associated with damages and low-quality craftsmanship.
How Long Will the Project Take?
All too often homeowners are not satisfied with their experience due to unrealistic expectations. In addition, contractors that do not provide a timeline for their work are less incentivized to complete the project efficiently.
Ask the contractor you are considering how long the project will take. Of course, setbacks could occur, but having a general idea of the process and timeline can help.
What Can I Do to Help the Project Go Smoothly?
Communication is key to a successful window replacement project. To minimize the disruption for you and your family, ask the contractor about what you can do to help the window installation project go smoothly. This may involve clearing out the work area ahead of time for the contractor and providing them with the information, such as measuring the space for your window replacement, that they may need.
Get in Touch With Adelphia Exteriors Today
Adelphia Exteriors prides itself in offering high-quality services at competitive rates. Our window replacement contractors are well-trained, experienced and communicate well throughout the entirety of the project. To learn more about window replacement and our other services, contact us by phone or message today.