After new windows have been selected and a date has been set for window replacement, eager homeowners may wonder what they can do to ensure the project runs as smoothly as possible.
Here is a look at the steps homeowners can take to prepare their home for a successful window replacement project.
Remove Fragile Items From The Work Area
Before the window replacement contractors arrive, it is a good idea to clear the work area of anything that is delicate, fragile or irreplaceable. Although good contractors will do their best to avoid causing damage to objects in the home, removing these items can make their work easier.
In addition to removing anything that is hanging on the walls, it is important to put away any items that are placed on floating shelves. Homeowners should also remove their window treatments before the work gets underway.
Cover The Furniture
Dust is often created during window replacement projects, so homeowners are advised to cover their furniture using blankets or sheets and move it at least four feet away from the window openings that the contractors will be working on. Although some crews may bring their own coverings to protect furniture, an extra layer of protection never hurts.
Deactivate Alarm Systems
If any window alarm systems are connected to the fixture, it is important to deactivate them before the work gets underway to avoid false alarms or damage to the system itself.
It may be necessary to have a professional from the home security company disconnect the alarms and then reconnect them once the new windows have been installed.
Crews will need at least two feet of clearance around the windows in order to work comfortably, so be sure to trim any bushes, trees or shrubs that could get in their way. If the windows being installed are of the bay or bow variety, the contractors will need even more room to work. Be sure to ask them about their space needs for these types of projects.
Set Up A Workspace For Installers
The window replacement contractors will need a workspace to set up their equipment. Choose a spot where they will have access to an electrical outlet. If there is a possibility that it could rain while they are carrying out the work, it may be a good idea to clear some space for the crew in the garage.
Keep Children And Pets Out Of The Way
For the safety of the window replacement crew as well as the family, homeowners should restrict access to the work area throughout the installation. Children and pets should be kept out of the work area at all times.
Should someone in the family need to access something where work is in progress, ask the crew to stop working temporarily so that the item can be retrieved safely. Keep in mind that the work will be finished sooner if interruptions are kept to a minimum.
Understand The Window Replacement Process
It is also useful to know what to expect when the crew arrives to begin the work. On the first day, homeowners should be prepared to show them where they should park and set up their equipment. As the crew sets up, the crew lead may walk through the entire project with the homeowner and check that all of the window openings and units align with the work order.
If something does not match up with the plan, the installer will work to resolve the problem. They may ask if you wish to save the old windows, trim or window treatments. This is also a good time to mention which entrance you prefer crew members use when entering and exiting the home.
It is not necessary to be present during the entire project, but if you do need to leave the home, be sure to let the crew lead know about your plans and exchange phone numbers in case an unexpected incident arises during the installation process.
You will also be asked to set up a time for a final walkthrough based on the estimated completion of the project, although this may change if the project’s timeline is delayed for some reason.
During the walkthrough, the crew lead will demonstrate how to operate each window. Make sure you fully understand how to use the windows and are happy with the quality of the work before they leave. This is also a good moment to ask any final installation questions and point out areas of concern.
A good window installation crew will cover their work area in order to protect your space and clean up after themselves once they are finished. They should also haul away the old windows.
Discuss Your Project With The Experienced Window Replacement Contractors
If you are looking for professional window installation or replacement services in the Northern Virginia area, get in touch with the experienced window replacement and installation contractors at Adelphia Exteriors.