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How Do I Prepare for a Minneapolis Replacement Window Project?

If you’ve decided it’s time to replace your old windows before another severe winter hits the Twin Cities, we congratulate you!  And if you’ve already arranged for the installation with a Minnesota replacement window company like ours, even better.  You’ve already taken the first two important steps.  To make this project go smoothly, we’ve got some tips on what you can do ahead of time to prepare for when the work starts.  (And by the way, these tips will work if it’s an exterior door replacement as well.)

What to Do Before Your New Windows or Doors Get Installed

First of all, you should have a written contract from your replacement window contractor that details the work to be done and specifies just what products you’re having put in.  It should also lay out payment terms.  And hopefully you and the point person on your contractor’s team should have had a discussion on just how long it should take.  If not, asking ahead of time will help you be ready and know what to expect.  Here are some other things to clarify with them:

  • Will your windows and/or doors be delivered ahead of time or will the window installation crew bring them?  If they are being delivered, have you arranged a secure storage area, like your garage?  Other contractors may have a tool trailer on site for this purpose. 
  • Is your contractor arranging for a dumpster for debris?  After all, those old windows that are being removed have to be disposed of.  If a dumpster won’t be on site, make sure you have a written agreement with the window company as to what happens to the materials to be gotten rid of. Your contractor should be the one arranging this, unless your window or door replacement is being done as part of a larger remodeling project handled by separate general contractor.  If that’s the case, the GC will most likely have a dumpster on site.
  • In either case, get clear on where the dumpster will be placed. You don’t want to end up blocking access to your garage or another area you’ll need to get in and out of.  You can specify a location, and it’s also reasonable to request that protective material such as lumber be placed underneath so no damage occurs to your driveway or other space where it will be resting.

Watch for our upcoming post where we’ll have some more tips on things you can do to prepare your home before your window replacement project begins.  And if you’re working with us, we encourage you to ask questions ahead of time.  Good communication with our clients is something we stress, and we’ve built our reputation on great customer service.  We want you to be pleased with your project from our initial meeting to long after we’ve cleaned up and left you to enjoy your new windows or doors.

Window Outfitters, Inc. is a licensed Minnesota home remodeling company serving the greater Twin Cities area with exterior energy-efficient solutions such as replacement windows and entry doors. 






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