How to Ways to Select the Best New York Window Replacement Contractor
Have you decided that it’s time to replace one or more of your windows at home? It is important to choose the right replacement NYC windows & doors contractor. An incorrectly installed window can affect energy efficiency by letting in the cold and cost money. It is important to choose the contractor who best fits your requirements by asking the following questions.
- What’s The Turn-Around Time?
If you have multiple windows, check with your contractor to see how long it is going to take to do one. Evaluate the timeline against the contractor’s quote. Remember – fast turnaround doesn’t always mean efficient service.
- How Competitive Are the Contractor’s Quotes?
Secure at least three contractor bids and don’t make the mistake of hiring the first contractor who responds. Be suspicious of very low bids. Make sure to ask if the contractor’s suppliers are using name-brand windows.
- How Long Has The Contractor Been In Business?
Probably one of the most important factors is the longevity your window installer. Generally speaking the older the business, the better the quality of service. Don’t waste your time on evaluating the bids of a new business. Check their credentials, ask for referrals and evaluate the employees of the contractor’s team. It is also important check the contractor’s license and registration plus address before you sign a contract.
- Where Are The Contractors Based?
Select a NYC replacement window contractor who lives in your neighbourhood or close to it. You don’t want the installer to incur transportation costs that might be added to your contract. It will also be easy to visit their offices if they were located nearby.
- Will my project require a permit?
Check if your state or local municipality requires a permit for commercial building construction. If a permit is required, make sure your contractor should be able to get all the necessary permits before starting the work.
- What Types Of Insurance Does The Contractor Carry?
Window replacement contractors should have the following types of insurance:
- Personal liability
- Worker’s compensation
- Property damage coverage
Be sure to obtain their insurance certificate copies and validate that they’re current. Without the proper insurance, you could be held liable for any and all injuries and damages during the project.
- Can The Contractor Provide Any Referrals?
As the contractor for referrals, call their previous clients and ask what the experience was like with the contractor. Be sure to also ask for written referrals and verify the information from the source.
- Can The Contractor Provide Detailed Bids?
Check the contractor bids for the list of materials, products and labour the contractor will use. The bid should have specific start and finish dates and also payment terms, it is important to clarify so there’s no misunderstanding later. Don’t pay 100 percent of the costs upfront, despite discounts a decent contractor will only ask for 20-30% upfront, and the rest after completion. Also, before you ask for contractor bids, know exactly which windows you want replaced. Windows come in many different types and not all contractors specialize in all of them.