Are you preparing to install replacement windows in your home? If so, you might be looking forward to the improved appearance of your home. You’ll also be able to enjoy a decrease in energy use and an increase in your home’s value after you have your new windows installed.
First, however, you’ll need to prepare to have your new windows put in. If you’re working with a company like XO Windows, you shouldn’t have to worry about much since your window installers will handle all of the hard work for you. However, there are a few steps that you can take to prepare yourself and your home for your window installation project that will make the process easier for both you and the installers.
Properly preparing your home for a window installation means the installers will be able to work right away, so you won’t have to worry about being charged for additional labor. Plus, your installation crew will be able to get your windows installed more quickly. Lastly, your crew is sure to appreciate the gesture since clean, well-prepared working conditions make the job a lot easier and more pleasant.
Clear the Way
First and foremost, you should make sure that your window installers will be able to access your home’s windows quickly and easily. Moving obstacles out of the way will help ensure that the project can be tackled as soon as possible when your installers arrive at your home. It can also help prevent your items from being stained or otherwise damaged while your installers are working.
This means that you should move any furniture or other items that might be in front of or near your windows. Also, make sure that you move items that might be blocking the power outlets that are closest to your windows, since your installers will need to access them.
Head outside and take a look around your yard. Move lawn furniture or other items that are located near your windows, and make sure that there is room for your installers to use their ladders and scaffolds if you are having windows installed on the upper floor of your home. You should also ensure that you have ample room in your yard for your installers to park their trucks and unload the windows and all of their equipment.
Lastly, you should ensure that there is a clear path through your home to each of the rooms in which the windows will be replaced. Move breakables and other items out of the way so that your installers can get through with their equipment without causing potential damage.
Remove Your Window Treatments
Blinds, curtains and other window treatments can get in the way of your window installation and could be damaged during the installation process if they aren’t removed.
Also, if you are installing bigger windows, you will need to take down all of the hardware above your existing windows. This should be relatively easy to do if you are handy with a screwdriver.
Prepare for a Mess
Your window installers will make an effort to keep everything neat and clean while they’re working. However, window installation can cause a big mess. To protect your flooring, invest in plastic sheeting. You can tape it to the corner of the floor to keep it in place as your installers are working. You might also consider breaking down cardboard boxes and using the cardboard to create a path for your installation professionals to walk on.
Along with protecting your floor, you should also protect the other things in your home. Move any particularly valuable items into another room. If you will be leaving furniture and other items in the room, toss sheets over them to protect them from any dust and debris.
Following these simple steps before your installers arrive can make things much easier and can help speed up the entire installation process.
And if you are interested in installing new windows in your home, give us a call. We can talk to you about your options and come out to your home to measure for your installation. Contact XO Windows today − we’d love to hear from you.