Getting replacement windows is very exciting! They improve the look of your home, they help seal out unwanted cold and heat, and they save you money on energy bills. After you have placed your order and your replacement windows on the way, you need to prepare your home for the installers. Make the process run as smoothly and quickly as possible by preparing in these three ways!
Clear a path
The window installers will need easy access to the room and to the windows themselves. They’ll be carrying the old windows out and the new windows in. Regardless of their size, windows can be unwieldy, so installers need a clear path in and out of the house. Keep the stairs completely clear of obstacles and move furniture or decorations away from the windows themselves. Don’t forget to uninstall window dressings, and remove any security system sensors on the windows. Doing these things ahead of time will allow the installers to move more efficiently and is less stress for you too!
Things can get dusty & messy
Window installation can become messy work. It’s not a matter of just popping out the old ones and inserting the new ones; installation can involve scraping old paint and glue, lots of sanding, and sometimes installing patches of drywall, and painting. (This only applies to certain types of full window re-installations.) In all cases, our installers will bring their own drop cloths, but you can supplement with more cloths or plastic tarps to cover floors and furniture if you would like to protect an particular items additionally. All of these steps will make post-installation clean up easier.
If you plan to be away during installation – even temporarily – make sure installers have access to the house both inside and out. You don’t want to delay them by leaving them stranded! Communicate with the installers about which doors to use, and which gates can be opened for access. Discuss your schedule and be sure they have access to a restroom since installations will occur over many working hours. Keep dogs kenneled or chained up so they’re not in the way or frightened from additional construction noise and in danger of slipping out the door.
By following these three steps, you can ensure a smooth installation process. Your window installers will be grateful, it will keep everyone safe, help your house stay clean, and allow you to enjoy the benefits sooner! Considering replacing your windows soon? We service the Columbus, Ohio and surrounding metropolitan areas. Get a free online estimate from Zen Windows today!