Preparing your home for a window replacement can feel overwhelming, particularly if it’s your first time as a homeowner having windows replaced. However, with a few simple preparations your window replacement can be smooth as silk. A tiny bit of preparation will go a long way toward ensuring the process goes smoothly, reduces stress, and prepares both you and the contractor for your upcoming project. We’re going to look at exactly what you can do to prepare your home for your upcoming window replacement.
Clear the Area
The first thing you can do to prepare your home for window replacement is to clear the area around the window or windows to be replaced. Make sure the area is cleared both inside the home as well as outside, as you’ll have contractors working in both areas, sometimes at the same time. Make sure any plants, furniture, and decorations are moved from the area and placed in a protected location. This will give the contractor easy access to the window. Also, make sure the sill and any window treatments like curtains or blinds have been taken down as well.
Protect Your Floor
Next, you’ll need to protect your floors. While most reputable contractors will go to great lengths to minimize mess, dust, and debris are going to be unavoidable during the project. Minimize the mess by laying down drop cloths or plastic sheeting to protect your floors and carpets. This will also facilitate quicker and easier cleanup once the window replacement is complete. While debris can be cleaned up fairly easily, dust can work its way into carpeting, or even have abrasive effects on flooring, and putting protective measures in place can help prevent that damage from occurring.
Deactivate Window Security Features
This is an important step for homeowners who have security systems or smart home functionality. The sensors or other components of the system will generally need to be deactivated at the least. In some cases, you may need to remove the sensors to avoid damage during replacement and reinstall them afterward.
Create a Clear Pathway
For a contractor to be able to replace your window or windows easily, they’ll need not only the area around the window to be cleared, but they’ll also need a clear pathway to and from the window. Make sure the interior of your home, like hallways or other passages leading to the windows, is free from major obstacles or tripping hazards. Not only does this make the job easier overall, but it reduces the chances of tipping and other accidents.
Inform Your Neighbors for Window Replacement
One step that many people simply neglect to do, is to inform their neighbors about their upcoming project. The project can be noisy and mildly inconvenient for them, and giving them a heads-up is an incredibly considerate move. Even though a window replacement is a relatively minor project, multiple windows or close-quarters neighborhoods can mean even small projects can impact your neighbors.
All-Star Products Is An Expert In Chicago Window Replacement
Getting ready for an upcoming window installation doesn’t have to be the intimidating and stressful task that many think it is. By following the guide we’ve outlined for you here, you’ll be able to create an environment conducive to the contractor’s smooth and trouble-free completion of your window replacement. If you’ve been considering a window replacement for your home, or simply need more information on what your options may be, reach out to All-Star Products today and speak with a local expert about your needs.