Installing new windows and doors is a great investment, but only if the job is done correctly. That’s why it’s incredibly important to know who you’re hiring and what to expect along the way. While there are several different routes you can take for window and door installation, here are a few pointers to keep in your back pocket should you decide to hire a contractor.
Do Your Research
Whether it’s a new front door or a complete renovation on your master bedroom suite, doing as much research as possible will only help you in the long run. From researching contractors to work with to narrowing down styles and finishings you want, having a clear picture of your renovation goals will ensure timelines are met, budgets are adhered to and visions are brought to life.
We recommend leveraging social media platforms like Instagram or Pinterest for inspiration. From our experience, it’s extremely helpful for contractors to see pictures of other work that the clients want their own project to resemble. Take a peek at our Instagram and Pinterest channels to spark a little inspiration.
If a contractor has been in business long enough, chances are they’ve accumulated quite a few project reviews and references. Don’t be afraid to approach a contractor and ask for examples of their previous work, or to speak with a few previous clients they have worked with.
Beyond that, it doesn’t hurt to conduct your own organic search. Look to social media, their website or word-of-mouth for a bit of background. Platforms such as Facebook and Instagram provide not only written reviews, but images of how projects have turned out.
Plan & Price Out Your Project
One of the first items to consider is the development of a detailed plan that matches the renovations to be performed. Don’t leave anything to chance, and don’t risk going over budget and past your deadline. Any professional contractor will work with you to develop a plan that will anticipate any potential surprises.
We also recommend discussing pricing estimates right off the hop, and be sure to get them in writing. Discuss specific materials, treatments and the overall expectations of the finished product. This is super important, especially during the preliminary stage, because it will be the foundation of your project.
Doing this, in the beginning, will ensure there are no hidden costs or confusion about your vision.
Protect Your Investment
Remember to fully investigate a contractor’s services before signing on the dotted line, including whether or not they are insured. Everyone has heard horror stories about what can happen if there is no insurance, and there are bound to be mishaps every now and then. We recommend hiring a contractor that is insured and licensed or registered to work within your city or municipality. Accidents happen, but acknowledging this step can protect both your investment and overall renovation experience.
Simply ask for copies of their general liability declarations or check with your city’s appropriate department for business registration.
Although renovations can be stressful, it can also be such an exciting time, and finding the right contractor can only make things run much smoother. Another option is to talk to your local JELD-WEN window distributor. Many dealers can assist with installation when purchasing a product or recommend a quality contractor for the job. To speak to a representative at your local dealer, use our locator tool found here.