I am considering purchasing a home that is now vacant and has a number of broken windows. The windows that I would need to replace are 1' x 7' vertical windows, as well as several standard size household windows and a sliding glass door. What should I expect to pay for a window installation of this type, and how should I choose a windows contractor?
Jeff H. ~ Albuquerque, NM
Hi Jeff. There are a lot of cost variables in a window installation, so it's difficult for me to give you a price that would be anywhere close to accurate. My suggestion would be to have at least three window contractors come out to your home and provide estimates for the job. In my experience with just about any remodeling project, that's the best method for arriving at a realistic price. That allows the contractors to see just what's involved in the window installation, as every home is a little bit different and you shouldn't get any unpleasant surprises when they show up to do their work.
Height off of the ground, interior trim, and the type of windows are just a few of the issues that can affect the total cost. You should try to match the other windows in the home, but adding energy saving features such as double and triple glass panes and various types of glass coatings is often possible without affecting the cosmetic appearance too much.
As far as choosing a contractor, you definitely want someone who has experience in the replacement window business and they should be licensed and insured. Don't hesitate to ask for proof that they have all required paperwork as it's just part of hiring a contractor to work on your home. I would also ask for references from previous customers and make a few phone calls to verify the quality of their work. Putting a call into your local Better Business Bureau wouldn't hurt either. When comparing your estimates, make sure that all of the contractors are pricing similar window types and features before automatically going with the lowest window replacement cost.