You have decided it is time to replace your old windows. You have chosen the type of windows you want, and you have found the perfect contractor for the job. The hard part is done! Now all that is left to do is prepare for the installation of your windows, which is not as hard as you might think. In fact, preparing for your replacement windows is really a piece of cake. However, it is a vital step you should not skip when replacing your windows, as the smoother the installation process is, the more likely you are to have your windows installed quickly and without any unexpected problems. In this article, we are offering our four top tips to help you prepare for your replacement windows to make the process as efficient and stress-free as possible.
Move everything out of the way
When replacing your windows, the existing windows will need to be removed. And, while removing the existing windows is a job for your home improvement contractor, you can make their job easier by ensuring everything that is surrounding your windows is out of the way. For example, if you have a table under your window or some chairs nearby, it is a good idea to move them well away from the area so your contractor has easy access to the window. And, if the windows you are replacing are far away from your front door, just remember your contractor will have to carry the old windows out, and the new windows in, so there should be a clear pathway to the space they will be working with.
Remove any window treatments
As well as moving any furniture away from the window space, you will also need to take down any window treatments, such as blinds, sheers or curtains. It is also wise to remove any paintings or decorations hanging near your window as you do not want your contractor to accidentally knock something down when they are installing your new windows. While your contractor will be as safe and careful as possible, installing replacement windows can be a fiddly job, so accidents do happen from time to time. It is better to be safe than sorry!
Cover your floors and furniture
Replacing windows can be a bit of a dusty job, so be prepared for a bit of mess! While your contractor should put down a drop cloth and try their best to be as tidy as possible, mess is inevitable when installing new windows. That is why we advise you cover your floors and any furniture that might get a little bit dusty during the installation of your replacement windows.
Allow access to your home
If you will not be present during the period your windows are being replaced, it is vital you make clear arrangements with your contractor to ensure they have easy access to your house. You do not want to delay your contractor by leaving them stranded! Let them know which doors and gates to use, and make sure you have turned off any security alarm systems. If you have any pets, it is a good idea to keep them in a cordoned off area, especially as your contractor will be coming in and out of the front door a couple of times. Also, some pets might get anxious about the construction noise, so it is best to keep them as far away from the installation area as possible. Not to mention you do not want them to find and accidentally ingest any pieces of construction material.
Planning ahead for the installation of your replacement windows does not take a lot of effort but it will ensure that the process goes as smoothly as possible, while also ensuring nothing gets damaged and everybody (including your pets) remain safe at all times.