Checklist: Hiring a Window and Door Contractor
The doors and windows of your apartment building or home are some of its most important features. They not only need to look good, but they need to be fitted properly to protect the tenants from the elements and unwanted guests. When you need to have doors and/or windows installed on your home, you want to be sure that you can trust the contractor doing the work and ultimately trust the finished product. Even though the contractor will be performing the actual physical labor involved in the installation, choosing the right contractor is a job in and of itself. Landlords and property managers need to be aware of the signs of trustworthiness when selecting a contractor to handle such an important and highly sensitive project.
Although it can be expensive to have doors or windows professionally installed by qualified contractors, that’s nothing compared to the cost of having them installed by someone who cuts corners or doesn’t have the right experience. Windows and doors that are installed improperly not only can hurt the resale value of the apartment building or home through their appearance, but they also can hurt the energy efficiency — leaving it vulnerable to further damage from weather and pests. There’s more to choosing the right contractor than simply selecting the lowest bid, and landlords or homeowners who want to protect their investments should consider all of the factors before choosing a contractor. If you’re considering having new windows and/or doors installed, the following checklist can help you make the most informed decision about the contractor who will be performing the work. This checklist will tell you what you need to ask a contractor as well as the warning signs that a contractor will turn in a substandard job. Making the right call will result in windows and doors that will continue to add value to your home for a long time to come.