How to Research Local Window Companies

Published August 11, 2020 by Firestarter

Locating a trustworthy and experienced window company is essential in maintaining new and old windows alike. Proper installation and repair of windows also ensures less energy usage by inhibiting airflow. An expert local window installation company can also help you achieve your aesthetic preferences, increasing the curb appeal and overall value of your home.

A reliable contractor is key in achieving this long-term home value increase due to proper window installation. In order to work with the most reliable local window companies, you’ll need to create a checklist for how to research, find, and vet them. Luckily, this simple guide will help you through the process so you can replace or repair your windows right away.

Gather Referrals

The first step in researching local window companies is to gather referrals. This can be done in a few different ways, but the most common strategies include asking friends and neighbors, reading online referrals through local window company sites, and contacting the Better Business Bureau for options.

When calling around to neighbors, friends, and family, be sure to ask if you can take a look at the work performed. This allows you to see an up close and personal example of a local window company’s work and ask questions about the process from a trusted source.

If you don’t know anyone who’s recently had a window replacement, you can easily review a local contractor’s website or their BBB profile to shed light on their business practices and former clients.

Vet and Compare Referrals

Once you’ve gathered a few referrals from the first step, it’s time to compare and contrast to find the best local window company for your project. Start by visiting the websites of window contractors on your list and email or call for a quote. It’s best to do this with two to four different companies, so that you receive a thorough range of quotes. This is a great time to search for reviews on their websites, if you haven’t done so already. Be sure to follow up on any negative reviews you see with the company.

Schedule a Meeting with Your Top Two

After you’ve received comprehensive quotes from all initial referrals, narrow down your search to your top two choices and schedule a meeting via phone or video call. This will help you get to know your contractors better so that you can make an informed decision regarding the window replacement company of your choice. Follow up with your top two local window companies with these questions:

  • How long has your company been in business and how much experience do your contractors have?
  • What types or brands of material do you usually use?
  • What is the project price estimate?
  • What types of licenses and certifications do your contractors carry and can you provide proof of proper insurances?
  • Who manages warranty details for the materials and work?
  • Do you have a list of references?

Answering these questions with transparency indicates a properly licensed and prepared window company that is ready to help you complete your project.

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