Tips for Hiring the Best Contractor to Install Your New Windows

Tips for Hiring the Best Contractor to Install Your New Windows

Whether you're replacing just one window or every window in your home, a window renovation project is a big undertaking. When you're planning to install new windows, one of the best investments you can make in your project is hiring the right building contractor for the job. Contractors are the experts after all; they can handle new builds, remodels, permits if necessary, inspections, equipment, and materials.

There are undoubtedly countless contractors in your area, so finding a contractor to install your windows can be a little daunting. But it doesn't have to be. Expo Home Improvement is the right choice for you.

Your "Hiring a Contractor" Checklist

Knowing how to hire your contractor will make your project a success. To help, our team has compiled a checklist with a few tips and tricks to follow as you get started.

1. Check-in about our previous clients.

Referrals and reviews are always a great place to start. If any of your friends or family have recently completed a renovation, you can go check out the work in person, which allows you to get a better look at the results. Your friends and family will also give you the most honest feedback about their experiences and if they'd recommend the contractor or not.

The next place to check is a contractor reviews website, like Angi formally Angie's List, Facebook, Houzz, Google, or Thumbtack. Once you've researched and identified a few contractors you like, you can also visit their company websites to see their client reviews.

2. Consider how much a contractor costs.

How much does a contractor cost? The price will vary depending on their experience, years in the industry, how big your job is, and the current market rates. Cost and budget are huge factors when choosing your next contractor and it's always a good idea to get a few different bids so you can compare pricing.

Going with the highest bid doesn't always ensure the best work, just as going with the lowest bid doesn't necessarily mean the worst of the group. Contractors are usually competitive with pricing and finding someone who fits in your budget and is in the middle of the road is usually your best bet.

3. Ensure they have the necessary licensing.

It's important to find a contractor that is licensed. When your contractor is licensed, it means they've met the requirements set by the state for necessary qualifications.

This will also impact your ability to sell your home in the future. Most real estate transactions won't allow homes to be sold if they've had work done by an unlicensed contractor.

4. Confirm that they have insurance.

Your contractor should also carry general liability and workman's comp insurance. These insurance policies protect you as the homeowner should anything go wrong on the job.

5. Talk about their experience.

The amount of experience your contractor and their crew have is important. You can ask them how long they've been in business, what their average workload is, and what their turnaround time is. You should also visit their website to see a portfolio of work they've done on past projects and see if they have won any awards or accolades.

6. Get a feel for their communication.

Having open and direct communication is important for both parties involved. As the homeowner, you need to articulate what you'd like done, what your vision is for the project, and things that you do and don't like. The contractor should get back to you in a timely manner, answer all your questions, ask questions of their own, and confirm appointment times.

7. Review their contract.

The contract that your contractor provides is the most important of all. It should include the majority of the information listed above, such as their license number, insurance policy information, and contact information. Beyond that, it should also clearly outline the timeline, provide a detailed description of the project, and include pricing. The quality of the contract will be telling about the quality of the contractor and the work they do.

Renovation work is stressful enough. Hiring a building contractor to install your new windows shouldn't be. If you're ready to install new windows, Expo Home Improvement is the best choice, and our team is ready to help. Get in touch today and get started!