If there’s one thing that you shouldn’t do, it’s to suddenly decide to get rid of your old windows and try to replace them on your own. Window replacement may seem like a simple task, but it’s actually something that requires plenty of skill and experience. In short, it’s generally much better to hire a professional to do the job than to attempt it on your own.
However, that doesn’t mean you can just hire the first person you see that claims to be a professional. Just as when choosing the right window options, you also have to spend time choosing the right window professional for the job. Here’s a quick checklist to help you hire a professional that you can depend on.
Do they have the right credentials?
You’re shelling out good money to hire people, so you need solid proof of their expertise; you certainly wouldn’t want to hire anyone who doesn’t really know what he’s doing. Certifications and licenses serve as proof that a window installer has received proper training, and has both the experience and the technical know-how to replace your windows the right way.
Are they near your area?
When looking for a window professional or company, you must always consider where their area of operations is. This not only helps cut down on travel time between their office and your location (this will help speed up the project), but also helps ensure that they’re not stormchasers – scammers who rip you off by moving out of town without completing the project the moment they get a payment out of you.
Have they got other projects to showcase?
One of the easiest ways to get an idea of how good a roofing professional or company is at their job is by looking for a solid portfolio. Nothing shows good work better than a gallery of recent projects and good feedback from satisfied customers. Of course, you may find the occasional negative review, but having mostly positive testimonials from previous customers should be enough to vouch for the business.
Are they authorized to install specific window brands?
Not all replacements are as simple as jamming new components into the openings where the old windows used to be. To maintain the quality, performance, and the good reputation of their products, some window manufacturers insist that their windows be installed according to their specifications. The easiest way to make sure that these manufacturers’ specifications are followed is to hire a brand-certified professional or company, with employees who are trained to work specifically with the particular brand of window you’ve chosen.
Are they covered by insurance?
Because of the amount of work and tools involved in a window replacement, there’s a chance that even the most experienced specialist can get injured in the process. Furthermore, an unexpected slip-up can cause not just personal injury, but also damage to property or other parts of your home. This is why you have to check if the people working on your windows are properly insured. The last thing you want from a window replacement is a damaged wall or a series of hospital bills.
While it’s true that looking for the right window specialist can be time-consuming and a bit of a bother, doing so is bound to pay off in the end.
Scott Barr is committed to building a team that delivers “The Ultimate Client Experience” on each and every project. His first job in the home improvement industry was when he was 13 years old, and he has been with Southwest Exteriors since 1990. While exceeding our clients’ expectations, Scott is also continuously working on developing a team of leaders who are challenged and excited about their work. When asked what he enjoys the most about his position as head of Southwest Exteriors, he said, “Hearing from clients that have become raving fans of our company because of our commitment to client satisfaction before, during, and after their projects.” In Scott’s free time, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Sherolene, and their sons, Sammy and Sawyer. His desire is for the business to be a ministry that glorifies God, and he wants to continue to support other ministries by building a successful enterprise.