Selecting the right contractor to hire for your window replacement project can be a long and potentially frustrating process. It starts off with you contacting several windows and doors companies to quote on the project, and after you have the quotes you need to make a selection based on the features of the windows offered, price, and trust in the contractor. But, once your decision is made, contracts are signed, and the project scheduled, you still have one important task remaining. That is to prepare your home or business for the installation team to perform their duties. With the right preparation, you can ensure that the installers can complete the replacement project without any delays.

Below we have outlined 5 tips to help you prepare for your window installation:

1. Clear the path for the installers

While removing your windows and installing your replacements, the installers will need to go in and out of your home several times, they may also be carrying various items with them including tools and materials. If their path is obstructed with furniture, appliances, decorations and so on, it will affect the quality and the speed of their work. By clearing the area around where the windows are and the pathway the installers will be using, you are helping them focus on the installation and protecting your belongings from possible damage. Don’t forget the exterior of your home, the installers will need the space directly under your windows cleared and a path for them to maneuver cleared as they will be working inside and outside of your home.

2. Protect the items close to the installation area

There is a high potential for dust and debris to come up during the removal of your old windows and the installation of your new windows. This dust and dirt will move around your home during the process. If you don’t want the hassle of cleaning your furniture, appliances, and home decor after the installation, you should take steps to protect them by either removing them from the room or by covering them. Fragile plants that are close to the window area should also be removed and or covered to protect them.

3. Remove the window treatments

Window treatments such as shades, blinds, curtains can affect the work of the window installers. In most cases, if left up the installers will remove them to clear their work area and prevent any damage. But, it is a good idea to remove these window treatments prior to their arrival, as you prepare for a window installation.

4. Protect children and pets

For their safety and the safety of the workers, children and pets should never be around a construction site. If there are pets or children moving around the areas being worked on, not only is there potential for them to get injured, but the installation team must keep an eye on them. Meaning they are not paying 100% attention to their work, resulting in a higher chance of them getting injured or of an error occurring with the installation. Arrange to have another adult home to keep an eye on children and pets, or better yet arrange for them to stay with a friend or family member during the renovation.

5. Make necessary arrangements for the installation

You don’t necessarily have to be on site when the contractors are installing your windows. However, you do need to make the necessary arrangements that will make it easy for the window installers to access your home or business. Have another adult home or provide them with remote access if you have smart locks. It is also a good idea to have your security company temporarily deactivate your alarm system to avoid any false alarms during the renovation.