New windows are one of the most vibrant ways to enhance a home. They quite literally let the outdoors inside. So if you’re expecting a window replacement, you’re probably excited about the facelift they will bring to your home.
But less exciting might be the thought of the actual installation process.
While hiring the right contractor is essential to a seamless installation, there are ways you can make the process move more smoothly, lower the chance of damage to your belongings, and keep your family and home safe throughout the process. So if you’re readying yourself for new windows, you’ll want to use our professional home preparation recommendations.
Window Installation Preparation Checklist
With over 10 years in business, we know a trick or two to help make your window replacement run as smoothly as possible (for the whole family, not just your contractor). So before your contractor arrives, make sure you’ve checked these boxes.
Remove window treatments and sensors.
Take down any blinds in your window and remove all surrounding curtains or treatments. And don’t forget to think about your alarm system (if you have one). If your windows have sensors, remove them and store them in a safe area to keep them from being damaged. While your contractors can certainly help with this, having it done beforehand makes the installation move faster and helps prevent damage to your window treatments.
Take down surrounding wall decor.
Inevitably, there will be some movement to your walls during the removal and installation process. Your contractor will either be cutting or maneuvering out your old windows and then fitting your newly installed windows into place. So if you have any art, pictures, or any other wall decor hanging on the surrounding walls, take it down to prevent any falling and breaking.
Move furniture and breakables.
Your contractor needs adequate room to work. Furniture and belongings that surround your windows should be relocated prior to installation day. Sometimes, rearranging throughout the house will also be needed to make sure your contractor has a clear pathway from your door to your windows. Make sure all breakables have been moved to a safe location.
Cover remaining furniture.
Furniture that is not in the direct pathway or next to your window but may be in a nearby vicinity should get covered with a drop cloth. Window installations can be messy and dusty projects, so to avoid dusty furniture, cover it.
Protect your flooring.
Your contractor should take the proper precautions to cover your flooring and surrounding areas that will be affected by the installation. However, you should still prepare your flooring beforehand. Lay down drop cloths or plastic sheeting from your door to your windows to protect your floors (especially carpet) from window dust and from the dirt that will inevitably be traipsed inside.
Again, if the area around your window replacement has carpet, it’s a wise idea to lay as much drop cloth out as possible to keep the dust out of your carpet fibers. Do your best to prepare, but if you feel your contractor is not doing enough to protect your home as well, it’s okay to speak up.
Plan something fun for kids and pets on install day.
To feel less stressed on the day of, have predetermined activities ready in a designated area of the house (preferably away from the windows being replaced) for your kids and pets. Or ask for help from a family member to get them out of the house. This reduces chaos during the renovation, but it also helps keep your kids and pets safe.
Prepare your exterior.
Your contractor will work from both the inside and outside of your home, so make sure to clean up your home’s exterior the way you have the interior. Move pots, furniture, grills, etc., away from windows. And if possible, prune shrubs, trees, and plants away from your home to create enough space for your contractor to work. Remember, plants grow back, so don’t be afraid to take this step to get your installation right.
Speak with your contractor.
If you have any questions about your window replacement, give your contractor a call. It’s important to feel prepared and to ultimately feel heard. Knowing what to expect on the day of installation can make all the difference.
The Right Windows for Your Installation
Whether you’ve already selected your replacement windows or you’ve noticed you need them, choosing the right windows makes all the difference. Look for windows that offer:
- Impeccable warranty
The window replacement process does not have to be stressful, especially with our experts at Approved Contractor. So it’s time to make the move on a value-adding window replacement. Get more information about the type of replacement windows that will best protect, enhance, and beautify your home. See our replacement window options today.