If you are about to receive installation on your new home windows, but you would still like to save some money, it is not too late. There are actually a few ways you can still save money on your home window installation if your contractor is willing to rework the work estimate for you. Here are three ways you can do just that.
Remove Your Old Windows on the Day of Installation
Part of the installation expense is always the labor. By removing the old windows yourself, you are essentially cutting the labor time in half. With the old windows already out, the installers only have to work on putting the new windows in, which may also cut your labor costs in half. Ask your window installation expert if he or she is willing to work with you on this endeavor so that you can save some money. The installation expert may appreciate it as well, since he or she would then have a little more time to devote to another installation project on the same day.
Clean and Scrub the Window Frames
Cleaning and scrubbing the window frames helps make the window installation process smoother and faster. The installation technicians, like those from Solar Shield Windows, often have to use a special epoxy to secure the windows in place, which means these surfaces have to be clean. If they are not clean, that's an extra charge on your installation invoice too. Be sure to clean and scrub these surfaces no more than a couple of hours before your installation appointment so that extra dirt, debris and bugs do not have a chance to collect on these surfaces before the technicians arrive.
Avoid Special Requests on Your Windows
Special requests for new windows include changing the size of the frames and windows and altering the shape of the windows. For example, if you have cafe-style square windows, and you request floor-to-ceiling rectangular windows, the installers have to cut, reshape, and rebuild the window frames before they ever get to the actual window installation. This means you pay a lot more for building supplies, tools and specialty windows, not to mention a whole lot more for labor costs. If you can stick with the windows you have and do not mind their size and shape, do so. It will save you a lot of money, especially if you are replacing all of the windows on your home all at once and they are all of a similar shape and size.
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