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!

Should I send a letter to the seller with my offer?

Seattle is a crazy “multiple offer market” right now, so home buyers are struggling to find ways to make their house offers stand out to sellers. One way for buyers to do this is to write a personal letter to the seller. When writing this letter, buyers should try to focus on what they think might be important to the seller, ie. why the seller loved the house and neighborhood and why they will too! Care should be taken to avoid any fair housing law violations when writing the letter. Many sellers want to rest assured that the next owner will care for and enjoy their home as much as they did. It’s interesting how some sellers will make a counteroffer to the party to most seems to want their house. Sometimes sellers even accept a slightly lower offer from someone they think will appreciate their home the most.

Best of luck with your offer!