Securing the financing, choosing the contractor, and finalizing the plans are some of the hardest parts of any home improvement project, window replacement included. Knowing how to get the best results from your contractor ensures smooth sailing and helps keep the project on track.
Here are our tips to get the best work from your contractor.
Establish your communication methods – Apart from the contact information that you provide when you first speak with your contractor for a quote, make it a point to exchange contact information with the installation team leader on installation day. This is important if you won’t be around during installation. Provide an email address if you need to exchange photos or files, and make sure you let the team leader know if you have “do not disturb” hours.
Keep a project journal – A project journal is a notebook or binder where you keep everything related to your project—from notes and ideas to clippings and order numbers—organized in one convenient place. We recommend buying (or reusing) a spiral notebook with pockets to keep documents like written quotations and receipts from falling out.
Establish a change procedure – Changes to a project midway isn’t anything new. For example, a replacement window installation team may need to perform unexpected repairs to the existing window opening before the new windows can be installed. You should clearly define early on how changes will be put in effect and who will sign off on it. Whatever these changes are, make sure they’re tracked in writing.
Have emergency funds on hand – Proceeding with a project without emergency funds is risky. Ten to 20% of the quoted price is usually enough to cover emergency expenses in most remodeling and building projects.
Be nice – Of course, the best way to get the best out of your contractor is in making them enjoy working with you. Even simple courtesies, such as designating a clean bathroom they can use, serving them cold drinks on a hot day, or even offering compliments on their work, can go a long way in maintaining a good relationship with your contractor. This is especially true if you plan to hire them again for a future project.
At Renewal by Andersen® of Orange County, we would be happy to work with you, whether you need replacement windows, patio doors, or entry doors. Call us today at (949) 216-7711 or fill out our contact form to schedule a free, no-obligation quote. We serve many areas in and around Orange County, CA.