Window replacement bids – 8 tips

If you have ever tried to schedule window replacement bids, you have witnessed the wide array of contractor expertise in this area! Below are a few tips to consider when choosing a window contractor.

1. Does the contractor doing the bid know his/her window products well, ie. the pros and cons of each window make, model & manufacturer?

2. Does the contractor provide you with a written bid that includes exact measurements?

3. Is the contractor licensed & bonded?

4. Does the contractor have more than three (3) positive reviews on Angies List and Yelp? (I have found that Angie’s List produces some of the best contractors).

5. Can the contractor guarantee specific dates (in writing) of project completion?

6. Is the contractor open to doing a second measurement prior to ordering the windows – always request that they do this.

7. Is the contractor willing to cut the holes for the windows & trim/seal the windows once they are installed? – big time saver for you!!

8. Expertise and a superior window product trump price in my opinion!

New windows may be the best investment you can make to improve your property!

Condo financing can be tricky

So, you have met with one or two lenders, who have reviewed your financing options. You are loan pre-approved and ready to go “condo hunting”, you think. Did you know that lenders have to also pre-approve a condominium complex prior to issuing a loan?  Today, lenders require the homeowner’s association to complete a project questionnaire. The questionnaire not only confirms the number of owner-occupied units but also indicates the number of units in the project with delinquent monthly assessments. If the number of delinquent unitsexceeds 15% of the total number of units in the project, financing of any type may be unavailable. Once you purchase your condo unit, it would be a good idea to join the board of the homeowner’s association to manage and protect your investment.