As a homeowner, an important part of maintaining your home is having necessary repairs and upgrades performed as needed. While important, this can also be a stressful experience. This is especially the case when it comes to having the windows in your home replaced. How well you prepare for this repair will have a significant effect on how stressful your experience is. Here are some tips to get you started.
Cover Your Belongings
You don't typically think of window replacement as being a messy job, but it can be. Dust, dried paint and dirt that have all collected around the old window frame can easily get displaced during the replacement process.
Since the ultimate goal of the installation expert is to install your windows securely and correctly, it's a good idea to cover your belongings. Use old sheets, a tarp or plastic cover to drape over any furniture or other surfaces that you are worried about getting dirty. This won't just ensure your valuables are protected, but it will make the cleanup process much easier.
Don't Over Do It
In an effort to ensure that their home is prepared, some homeowners will end up doing more work than is necessary. This is particularly the case when it comes to window treatments. Some people think they need to completely remove their treatments to make way for the new window.
Save yourself some unnecessary work and keep in mind that you only need to remove the actual curtains or drapes that cover the window. You only need to remove the hardware if it is actually installed within the frame of the window, such as that used for shutters or plantation blinds.
Take Down Decorations
Something many homeowners overlook is the need to remove wall decorations. Removing a window takes a lot of effort. Between using a pry bar or hacksaw to remove any nails supporting the window and hammering in new nails to support the new window, a lot of jolting can take place.
The vibration caused during the process is enough to cause your decorations to come off the wall. In order to stay on the safe side, it's best to take everything thing down from a wall that is shared with a window being replaced.
The more effort you put into preparing to have your windows replaced, the less stressful your experience and the easier it will be for the repair specialist to complete the job. For more information on how to get ready, contact a professional like those at Gallagher Brothers.