One often overlooked aspect of the window replacement process is the prep work that you as a home or business owner can do to make the installation go more smoothly.
By following our 7 simple tips, you will pave the way for a smooth and streamlined window maintenance and replacement process.
Depending on the number of windows you will be replacing and how involved the process is, the installation may take a while.
Planning your schedule around the window replacement ensures that you and your family will be out of the way of the installers while still being available to answer questions, oversee the process, and sign off on project completion.
If you are a business owner receiving a commercial window replacement, consider planning the installation for a day or time when your business is closed to minimize customer impact.
Unobstructed access to the installation site will allow your installers to work quickly and efficiently. Before the installation team arrives, clear their route through your home or business of anything that might get in the way. This includes furniture, your kids’ toys, shoes, etc.
For businesses, be sure your merchandise displays and racks are positioned in such a way as to allow easy access to the installation site.
This is also your opportunity to ensure that any breakable or particularly valuable items are removed and secured so you and the team don’t have to worry about them on install day.
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Save your installer hassle and wasted time by removing window treatments such as valances, curtains, and blinds in advance. It is also a good idea to take down wall décor in the surrounding areas as the installation process could jostle them lose. You don’t want your photos or artwork falling off the walls and being damaged or destroyed.
Your contractors will be walking in and out of your home throughout the installation process. To protect your floors from dirt, stains, and damage, place drop cloths and runners on the floor along their route. This will keep mud and debris contained as well as make for quick cleanup when the job is over.
Once furniture, window treatments, and wall decorations have been removed from the access route and installation area, you will have to place them somewhere for the duration of the project. Choose a safe location, protected from the weather if at all possible. If you have no choice but to put them outside, have a ground tarp and cover available to keep your belongings as sheltered as possible.
Your installers should handle the majority of the cleanup for you. Just be sure to clarify up front which portions you will be responsible for and which the contractor will deal with.
Once installation, inspection, and cleanup are complete, you are ready to put your house back in order. Replace your furniture and wall décor. Install window treatments on your beautiful new windows and appreciate how smoothly the process went as the result of a little strategic preparation on your part.