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Guide to Hiring a Local Window Contractor

Dec 3

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Guide to Hiring a Local Window Contractor

Home window replacement is a major investment, so it is very important that you take the appropriate steps to ensure you are hiring a well-trained and experienced replacement window contractor. Below are a few questions that we recommend asking before hiring a local window contractor:

Are you licensed to perform this type of work in this state?

In most states contractors must be registered and licensed to perform home improvement work. Depending on the state you live in, the licensing process could be as simple as registering with the state while in others there may be a detailed qualification process including examinations. If your state has licensing requirements, always request to see the contractor’s license.

How many window replacement jobs have you completed in the past?

Although window replacement jobs may seem like they’re all the same, they can actually vary greatly from home to home. Before hiring a local window contractor, it is important that you ask how many similar projects that window contractor has performed. You do not want to be the first test subject!

Do you have a list of references?

Always ask for a list of references so you can see the work the contractor has performed and speak with former customers. This will give you a better idea of the quality of work this local window contractor is capable of and learn from those that have dealt with this contractor themselves.

Do you have insurance?

Any reputable local window contractor should carry personal liability, worker’s compensation, and property damage coverage on their insurance policies. Before hiring a contractor, ask for copies of insurance certificates and make sure insurance coverage is up-to-date. If you do not verify that your window contractor has insurance, you will be financially responsible for any injuries that may occur to workers or damages that may be inflicted on your property.

How long have you been in business?

While new companies are not necessarily bad companies, we recommend looking for local window contractors that are well-established in your area. Check with local business rating organizations like the Better Business Bureau to make sure the contractors you are considering do not have outstanding customer complaints.

Are You local?

Hiring a local window contractor directly can have several benefits over hiring a large national brand that simply sub-contracts work to local sub-contractors. If you hire a local contractor directly, you can often get the same products and service for lower cost—while also receiving local customer service.

If you are interested in replacement windows for your home and are in need of a local window contractor, visit our dealer locator page. Weather Shield has hundreds of local—independently owned—replacement window contractors that are trained and certified to perform your window replacement project.

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