1. Are You a Licensed Contractor?
Inexperienced, would-be contractors try to lure you in with cheap prices, but if they are unlicensed, you could end up paying more than you bargained for. Shoddy work and poor quality materials could force you to choose between either living with an unsatisfactory job or paying to have it redone. By choosing a licensed contractor from the get-go, you don’t have to make this choice. (See 4 Signs You Can Trust Your Contractor)
2. Do You Give Free Estimates?
You still have many licensed window installers to choose from. Learn which ones provide free, no-obligation estimates and ask for these estimates in writing. While price shouldn’t be your only consideration, it’s certainly worth saving money if you can find a reputable company able to get the job done for less.
3. Do You Damage Stucco When Installing Windows?
Some installers damage the stucco when extracting existing windows. This ends up making more of a mess and raising the costs of replacing your windows. That’s why it’s important to ask potential installers if they break the stucco during window installation. Competent installers should be able to complete most installations without damaging the interior or exterior stucco, allowing for a clean, maintenance-free installation.
4. What Are the Local Window Regulations?
Do you know what the safety codes are for windows in your area? Probably not. But, your contractor should know all about it. One way to sniff out a potential sketchy company is to ask them about local regulations and see how they answer. You may need tempered glass in your home, or your city may recommend certain levels of glazing in your area. If you get the wrong windows, you might run afoul of your homeowner’s or condominium association. No one needs that aggravation.
5. What is the Required Deposit?
California state law prohibits window contractors from asking for more than 10% of the total cost or up to $1,000 as a deposit. Ask potential installers what deposit they require to test whether they follow this law.
By asking these important questions in advance, you can pinpoint the best window installer for the job. At Approved Contractor, we fulfill all your needs. We are happy to offer free, no-obligation estimates and we avoid breaking stucco whenever possible. We want you to know about rebates available to you, and we will never ask for a greater deposit than the law allows.
For more advice or to begin the process, please contact us.