The window replacement budget can easily go off the rails if not properly planned and prepared for. A small mistake can lead to overspending, or not finishing the project as originally planned. Mid America Exteriors shares some tips on how you can avoid such pitfalls and ensure the success of your project.
Research the Ballpark Cost
Planning a window replacement project requires a good deal of research. Not just in terms of design and logistics, but also in terms of the estimated cost. If you have friends or family who have had their windows replaced recently, ask them how much it cost them, that is, if they wouldn’t mind talking about it. Keep in mind that your own window replacement costs will not be exactly the same, but you should at least know what the ballpark cost will be to avoid surprises.
Anticipate Unexpected Expenses
One of the things you should anticipate is the possibility of unexpected expenses that are not included in the window installation contract price. Common causes of unexpected expenses include structural issues and hidden damage that would not have been discovered unless the old windows were removed. Repairs will need to be completed before installation can proceed, therefore you have to have an “emergency budget,” worth 10% to 20% of the project cost.
Read the Contract Thoroughly
Make it a point to read the contract thoroughly, raise questions and make changes and corrections before you sign it, because the ball will start rolling once you do. Changes to the project could delay installation. If you decide to make changes after signing the contract, these changes may cost you extra. You shouldn’t feel any pressure signing the contract, and trustworthy contractors like us will not pressure you to do so. Spending that extra time to make sure all t’s are crossed and all i’s are dotted can help keep your budget on track.
Ask the Contractor About Financing Programs
One of the safest ways to avoid delays caused by budget problems is availing of financing programs offered by the contractor. In the event that there are adjustments that need to be made to the project cost, finding immediate funding won’t be a problem.