Once you’re sure that the home remodeling contractors you’re looking to use to install your impact-resistant windows is licensed and insured, there are still other questions you’ll want to ask before signing the dotted line to work with them.
The installation process:
Do they have technicians that do the installation or do they hire subcontractors to do it? If the company hires subcontractors, be sure they are also licensed and insured.
Will damaged window sills, drywall and door frames be repaired? If these are damaged during the impact-resistant window installation, you’ll want to be sure your contractor will make the necessary repairs. Also, find out if they charge additional for this.
Permits and inspections:
Ask if the contractor will be responsible for getting the work permit. You’ll need a permit from the city to do the work to your home. Some contractors will attain this for you. You’ll also want to know how much the permit costs.
Once the project is done, will they be responsible for final inspections with the city? The city will hold inspections of the work done – you’ll want to know if your contractor will have a representative present for these to take care of any issues.
Warranties for the products:
Make sure you’ll get copies of approvals for the products used. This is important information you’ll want to be sure you have, and keep in your files.
Make sure to get copies of the warranties for the products and installation work done. Be sure you know how long each of these warranties is, and who to contact in the event that you need to exercise them.
Get it all in writing:
Ask for a written contract. Make sure the contractor will provide you every single detail – from price to products and timeline – in writing before signing a contract.
Nail down payment terms. Before beginning the project, work out payment terms with the contractor. Be sure to analyze all your available options and settle on the one that works best for you. And, again, get this in writing.