A window fitter removing old windows in preparation for new ones

You have opted to change your old windows for one reason or another, and you’ve picked the perfect type of windows and found the right professionals for the installation. The challenging part is over. What’s left is preparing for window and door installation.

There are essential tips to be considered to smoothen the installation process. The more convenient the process is, the more likely you’ll have your windows and doors installed quickly and with minimal issues. This post outlines the best tips to help you prepare for window and door installation to make the process efficient and more manageable. Read on to learn more.

A handsome young man installing double sliding patio door in a new house construction site

1. Schedule The Installation Conveniently

Homeowners aim to ease the window and door installation process for the contractors. Having new windows and door replacements can be disruptive to your daily routine. As a result, you must carefully arrange a convenient installation time.

If you have kids, try choosing an installation date when they’re at school or away for other activities, as they can disrupt contractors when working. The installation date should be convenient for your whole family and at a time when you’re available to oversee the whole installation process. If you aren’t around, make necessary arrangements on how the Door Replacement contractors will gain access to your home.

2. Clear Space Inside And Outside Your Home

If your property has a driveway, it’s essential to clear up all the vehicles, to create space for the van carrying the windows and doors to get as close as possible to your house. Also, anything that could deny the contractors access points should be removed. This can include garden furniture or portable plants near your windows and doors. If the ground around the working area is wet and muddy, it’s essential to take care of it before the workers arrive. This helps prevent any trips or slips when carrying the new windows and doors, which could otherwise cause damage or unnecessary accidents.

Clear space inside your home as well. Although you may not be able to remove the old windows and doors, you can ensure that all belongings around your windows and doors are out of the way. For instance, if you have chairs and tables under your window, remove them out of the way for easy access. Also, if your windows are far from the front door, have a clear pathway from the door to give contractors space to carry the new windows in and the old windows out comfortably. Clearing the working area reduces the likelihood of worker accidents and prevents damage to your belongings.

3. Remove Window And Door Coverings

Curtains, blinds, drapes, shades, and other window treatments should be cleared to allow contractors to access the walls and frames around the windows and doors being replaced. It’s also best to remove any decorations or paintings, such as hanging frames, to prevent them from being destroyed during installation.

4. Protect Your Floors And Belongings

Just like any other home renovation project, replacing your windows and doors can be a dusty job. Although contractors might put down a drop cloth and try to be tidy as possible, dust and mess are inevitable. So be prepared and cover your floors using a canvas drop cloth, plastic sheeting, or tarp. Protecting your floor prevents dust from the carpet and your floors from being accidentally scratched or scuffed during the installation process.  

Apart from the floors, protect your belongings like furniture and other valuable equipment from dust. Remove the belongings from the working area and cover the items that can’t be moved.

5. Make Your Home Accessible

As stated earlier, if you won’t be present during the installation date, make appropriate arrangements with your installers to ensure they have easy access to your home. Leaving your contractors stranded delays the work, which can lead to an extension of the working days. Avoid this, as it may be costly on your end.

Let your workers know which gates and doors to use, and ensure you turn off the security system, especially window and door sensors. Also, if you have pets, put them in a corned-off area to prevent them from disrupting the contractors. Some pets may also get anxious due to the construction noise, so ensure to keep them away.

The Bottom Line

Those are the steps to take to prepare for door and windows installation. As you can see, these preparations don’t require much time and effort but are necessary to ensure the process goes smoothly and straightforwardly. It also ensures the safety of your belongings, contractors, your kids, and even your pets.

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