Budget planning is one of the most important aspects of windows replacement. Some homeowners tend to commit common mistakes, such as overspending or making compromises, and, every so often, these lead to unsatisfactory results.
This is the reason expert window contractors like Renewal by Andersen® of San Francisco recommend having a solid plan before actually committing to the project. In today’s post, we share tips on how to prepare your budget for window replacement.
- Do your own research. The costs of replacement windows can vary a lot depending on numerous factors: the brand, style, material and energy efficiency ratings. It would be best to consult with several trusted contractors in your area to get a realistic estimate of the exact windows you need. Determine the average prices of low-cost, mid-range and high-end units to have a comprehensive understanding of your choices.
- Stick with what you can afford. You want to make sure you can truly afford the windows you’re planning to install. Before purchasing your new units, consider your income and expenses, and calculate how much money you can realistically set aside for this upgrade. It also helps to be upfront with your contractors regarding the amount you can afford. This way, they will be able to understand your needs better and offer you the right solutions.
- Prepare a contingency budget. Sometimes, hidden issues suddenly appear during window replacement, which results in unexpected repairs. Since these expenses aren’t included in the estimate, you have to prepare a budget for such contingencies, worth about 10% to 20% of the contract price.
If you need quality and cost-effective replacement windows, Renewal by Andersen of San Francisco has you covered. Give us a call at (510) 990-3690, or complete our form to schedule a FREE estimate. We serve homeowners in San Francisco, CA, and the surrounding areas.