Are you planning to have your windows replaced this summer? If so, you may be wondering what you need to do in order to help make sure the process goes as smoothly as possible. Even with the best pros in the business, it’s always a good idea to familiarize yourself with all the steps so you can prepare for their arrival. Having the area prepped and ready can also help the workers perform the job easier and faster so you can have it all done and dusted in no time.
To help you stay better-informed on what to do here’s your ultimate checklist to prepare for window installation.
Make a Plan
After you’ve settled on a date and booked your window installation with a reputable contractor, you need to think about your scheduled dates and how you can best plan them all out. Remember, this process can take a few days to complete. So be sure to make some arrangements during this time so you can visit friends or even have the kids stay with family if that makes things a little easier.
Prepare for the Weather
If you’re planning to have your window replacements done in late summer, you should keep an eye on the forecast and plan accordingly. The weather can be unpredictable during this time of year, so it’s best to have extra blankets and coverings on hand to keep everything protected.
Clear Away Items Inside and Out
To remove and install windows, the contractor will need to have the surrounding space cleared. This includes your knick-knacks, coffee table, chairs, sofa, and anything that’s close to the windows. The contractors should be able to access the windows with ease. They may also have to use scaffolding for windows that are too high for the ladder. So cut back tree branches or shrubs, remove any lawn furniture, planters, and other items that could pose as a hazard or end up being damaged during the process.
Remove Window Treatments
Of course, any window treatments will need to be removed as well. Whether you have curtains, blinds, or sheers, be sure to take down everything from each window that will be replaced. Sometimes, the hardware that supports the curtain rods and blinds will need to be removed too, but you can ask your contractor to clarify if this is necessary.
Remove Wall Hangings
Any hanging pictures, wreaths, and other belongings on the walls must be placed someone in the interim. One quick move could easily send your family portraits or favourite art piece flying. So be sure to do a thorough scan of your window area to have anything safely tucked away before the contractors arrive.
Protect Your Floors
Even though a majority of contractors will bring their own drop clothes to protect your floor, it’s always a safe option to throw down a canvas cloth, plastic sheets, or even towels to add some extra protection in a dusty work environment. This process is always a bit messy, so don’t be afraid to speak with your contractor to voice your concerns and ask what they suggest to keep your floors in good shape.
Tuck Away Furniture
Any home improvement projects usually come with a whole lot of dust and dirt. So don’t forget to protect your larger belongings too. We suggest completely removing any special items and furniture that you think will be more vulnerable to dust settling on them. Keep them in a separate room if possible, or even rent a storage unit temporarily if needed. And use a thick plastic sheet to cover anything that can’t be removed from the area.
Make Arrangements If You’re Not Home
If you don’t plan on sticking around while the contractors get to work, always communicate this clearly with them to plan out the necessary arrangements. You don’t want them to be stuck outside waiting to get to work. If you have a security system, make sure it’s deactivated, or let them know that you’ve left the key with a trusted neighbour who will check in on things.
You can save a whole lot of time and frustration when you follow this checklist to prepare for window installations. For more information on window replacements, give us a call at Aztech Doors & Windows!