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Preparations before Windows Replacement

You should invest substantial time and effort to find the best windows replacement company. An expert should visit your home, assess your needs and offer you a comprehensive consultation to help you choose the best type of windows for your property. Windows replacement is akin to installing new windows. It is an extensive process. It is also a considerable investment so you would want everything to pan out as expected. The windows replacement company you hire should guide you to prepare your home before the crew walks in. Here is a concise guide shedding light on the most important preparations.


de-clutter-home The first thing you need to do is de-clutter your home. Regardless of how well organized everything is in your house, you need to make space for the crew to work. Some properties are more difficult to de-clutter than others. The objective is to have as much floor space free for the crew to move around as possible. You should specifically focus on the space around the windows. There should be absolutely nothing in the vicinity. You must move all chairs and tables, all movable furniture including beds and any bookshelves or other fixtures you may have. If you cannot take the bed or a large couch out of the room, you can move them to a corner or the wall that has no windows. The contractors will need free access to the windows and they would need some space around to keep their tools, other hardware and the materials.


Remove everything from the windows. The blinds, curtains or drapes must be removed. You should take down any decorations you have, even if they are small wreaths. This applies to the interior and the exterior. Nothing should be on the windows. The crew can take these down but it would simply take up more of their time. You can prepare the house in advance so the crew can get down to their main job. If you have anything on the walls in a room that you think can get damaged or suffer aesthetic deterioration, then such items should also be removed.


You can move all your furniture, décor items and other essentials & nonessentials from every room that will have its windows replaced. If you have additional rooms or some storage space where you can keep these items, do so or rent a storage container. It is easy to get a portable container where you can safely park all your possessions. Do not just leave your furniture out in the open. You should also clear out any outdoor furniture that you have, especially if they are blocking the driveway, immediately next to the windows, along the lawn or right next to the window in your backyard.


You don’t have to do anything with or to the windows that are going to be replaced. The contractors will take care of these. You also don’t have to work with any hardware, be it the frame or any such component of the existing windows. If you have trouble uninstalling some fixtures around the windows or on the walls, you can seek the help of the crew and they will do it for you. Removal of all such items is not just essential for their safekeeping but also to allow the crew to work without worrying about knocking down something by accident.


installing-new-windows Any item that cannot be removed should be properly covered up. You should anyway cover up the floors, hallways and foyer. Some windows replacement companies may tell you that they would cover up the floors and other spaces. You can leave it for them but don’t presume they will unless explicitly discussed. You should make sure the crew has access to your home and essential amenities. This includes access to the house when you may not be present. The crew must be familiar with the power outlets and other essentials so they can go about doing their job without requiring your intervention.


You should try to be available sometimes when the crew is working. This is partly to know if your property is being treated well and partly to see how the work is progressing. If there is something amiss or if there is something concerning, then it is better to alert the crew in real time than addressing a pile of issues once the job is done. However, try not to intervene every now and then as the crew will struggle to keep up its efficiency if there are interruptions.


It is imperative for any homeowner to discuss the entire scope of the project. Windows replacement does at times include getting rid of rotten woodworks, fixing the immediate wall around the window and attending to some treatments after the windows are replaced. Everything should be lucidly planned for a desired outcome.

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Sanjay Tamang
3 months ago
Love our new windows and doors. We had all our windows replaced on the main floor, side door and front door, as well as the storm doors. The installation team was great. They removed the existing awning and were really great at cleaning up after the work. There were a couple of issues after the install, but the after sales service team of Alex and Walter were able to resolve it promptly. Great advice from Walter about keeping the humidity inside the house to maintain the windows, and also how to operate them properly. And thanks very much Alex and team for buying the doorbell and installing it for us, as well as fixing the bottom part of the door frames to cover holes on the flooring. Appreciate all your hard work and for going the extra mile. Will definitely recommend your company to friends, neighbors and family.
Thomas Carlyle
a month ago
NorthShield did an excellent job with our house. They were the lowest price our of 4 companies I contacted for quotes. The windows look beautiful, and the molding is very well done. The installation was very quick, they replaced all of the windows in our house in about 4 hours. They cleaned up everything completely afterwards inside and outside, you can't even tell they were here! Very professional, very high quality installation, materials and work. I would highkly recommend them.
Courtney Schappert
3 months ago
Likely a good company for windows, installers seemed competent. However for doors they seemed to have much less experience. My salesman left the company midway through the process and I wasn't informed, and turns out some miscommunication between him and I led to a product I didn't want. The door is nice, just not what I had thought I ordered, and it took about 4 months to get, so I accepted it. The paint also chipped after they left, which leaves a bad feeling (even though that's more of a manufacturer issue than NorthShield issue). I'm not saying these guys are going to be bad for you, but I'm not thrilled with my result. REPLY December 5, 2018: I had called about the paint chip and wrong door options already at the time and was told there was no recourse for me. The paint chip was there when I came home from work after the door was installed, but you provided a picture the installers took before the paint was chipped, so at that time I was told there was no recourse. The wrong options I was told was due to a salesman who took my order having left the company, and there was no paperwork showing my chosen option (no door handle hole to be cut). I will call again tomorrow and update this with the results of that conversation.
Carl To
5 months ago
Alex and the team at north shield were amazing. Great customer service, along with a great team of installers. North shield replaced my 2 front living room windows in 1 day. They even took away my awning! Highly recommended
4 months ago
Very professional workers that despite finding, no vapor barrier and wood rot on our deck, fixed it right and continued to install our very beautiful door and side light without complaint. I would highly recommend Northshield to any friends, neighbors or anyone else. I am a very Happy, Happy Gal with my beautiful new door!
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