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How Do I Prepare for Window Replacement?

You’ve done all the research necessary to select replacement windows that meet all of your standards for aesthetics, functionality, energy efficiency. Now, with the installation just days away, you might be wondering what you can do to prepare your home so that the process runs as smoothly and efficiently as possible. After all, having remodeling work done in the home can be a major inconvenience. Plus, the faster the project is finished, the sooner you’ll get to enjoy your new windows.

For average-size homes, window replacement usually takes two or three days. For larger homes, particularly those with more stories and windows, the job will last longer. By following a few simple steps, you may be able ensure that your project stays well within the promised timeline.

Clear a Path

You want give installers easy access to your home as well as any window that needs to be replaced. They will be walking in and out of your home and moving room to room, often carrying heavy windows. For safety, make sure they have an unobstructed path. Move any furniture and or obstacles that might block their path. Also, remove items outside your home, like patio furniture, hoses, or lawn decorations that might get in the way.

Remove Window Treatments

Window treatments must be removed before window are replaced. You can save your installers valuable time by take down curtains, sheers, blinds and anything else surrounding the windows. You will also need to remove interior shutters, hardware, and trimmings since all of these may get in the way. Consider also removing wall hangings and pictures near the windows as these can be accidentally knocked down during the window installation.

Put Down Dust Covers

Window replacement projects can be messy. That’s why window installers typically put down several drop cloths. To ensure that your house stays clean, put down drop cloths yourself and cover your floors and any furniture that might get dirty. Pay special attention to furniture or electronic equipment near windows, and cover those items completely before work begins.

Window Professionals

If you’re a resident of Chicago’s suburbs, consider Opal Enterprises. Widely recognized for the quality of our replacement windows and customer service, we have earned a consistent A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau and multiple Best of Houzz awards. We install a wide selection of durable, energy-efficient windows from leading manufacturers. To see our windows up close, visit our showroom in Naperville, Illinois, or schedule an at-home consultation to learn more about our window replacement service.


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