A consultation is the first step in projects that involve a contractor, like in window replacement. This is where you make the important decisions, so some preparation is in order before you set an appointment. In today’s post, Renewal by Andersen® of Seattle shares a quick guide on how to prepare for your window replacement consultation.
Before the Consultation
Before meeting with a prospective window replacement contractor, having a clear vision of your goals can eliminate a lot of guesswork and make your meeting a productive one. It can also help you decide whether or not the contractor is the right one for the job.
Take the time to research different window styles and their features. For example, sliding windows are generally regarded to be space-savers, but the overlapping sashes don’t allow full use of the window opening. In comparison, casement windows require space to swing open but maximize usage of the window opening. Other aspects that you should look up are maintenance requirements, energy efficiency and customization options. Also, having more than just a passing familiarity of the window installation process can help you decide if a proposed timeline is realistic.
During the Consultation
When you meet with a consultant, some of the discussion will focus on things like your home improvement plans, things that point to your style and taste, and whether or not the project is part of a larger renovation plan. Much of this information will inform later decisions, from window styles, down to the choice of window hardware.
Ask the consultant about the features and benefits of their replacement windows — materials, types of insulated glass, energy ratings — and weigh them against long-term performance and cost. You will also be offered various financing options and available warranties. The consultant or one of their colleagues may take measurements and inspect the condition of the window framing during the consultation. All of this will figure into the estimate, a copy of which may be provided at the end of the consultation.
After the Consultation
Take the time to review the estimate and the options offered by the consultant, keeping in mind that the estimate can be amended and corrected before you sign it. Contact the consultant if you have follow-up questions before choosing your installation dates.
Learn more about what Renewal by Andersen of Seattle can do for you. To schedule a no-obligation consultation, give us a call at (206) 777-0954 or fill out our contact form. We serve communities in Bellevue.