Interior Redesign in Palm Beach County: 3 Tips You Need to Know When Hiring a Contractor for Your New Impact Windows!

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Interior Redesign in Palm Beach County: 3 Tips You Need to Know When Hiring a Contractor for Your New Impact Windows

Whether you live in the north or here in sunny South Florida, replacing your existing windows with Impact Windows is a windowgood way to update your home.   In addition to the added value should you decide to sell your home, there are many benefits that come with impact windows

Besides protecting you from Hurricanes, Impact Windows can help deter break-ins; are more energy efficient; can save you money from insurance discounts; reduce noise and can offer some UV protection for your furniture and flooring. 

 So Let's Shed Some "Light" on what you need to know before you hire your Impact Window contractor. 

1. Read your Contract carefully!- If you are not comfortable with this, enlist the aid of a knowledgeable friend.   Here are some points you want to pay particular attention to:
      * Make sure start and end dates are listed.
      * Make sure the scope of the work is detailed along with a description of the  material to be used.
      * Check the list of permits and licenses that the contract spells out.
      *  Know what the clean up policy is
      *  Make sure warranties are covered.

contract 2.  Get references and actually speak to them.  Be cautious if your contractor asks you to obtain the permits and licenses.  Never feel pressured to sign right away.  And, show them the door if they have "leftover material from another job' 

3.  Do your research.  Go to a showroom and look at the product.  Ask what the warranty is.  Ask questions.  And do  your research on the Internet.  



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Rob Thomas
Prestige Homes of The Tri Cities, Inc. CALL....423-341-6954 - Bristol, TN
Bristol TN-VA & Tri Cities Agent, ABR, GRI, e-Pro

Kathy.....I'm with Michael....I think very, very few ever read the contract all the way through......Nice post!
Hope you have a great week!---Rob

Go Vols!

Aug 28, 2011 11:29 PM #2
Marco Giancola
Beachfront Realty - Miami Beach, FL
Realtor (305)608-1922, Miami Beach Florida

Hi Kathy-read the contract? It is excellent advice of course but few read the fine lines.

Aug 28, 2011 11:55 PM #3
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

Those windows do look like a great value.  Super advice and watch outs for having them installed.  If you're going to do it, do it right!

Aug 29, 2011 12:05 AM #4
Cindy Edwards
RE/MAX Checkmate - Johnson City, TN
CRS, GRI, PMN - Northeast Tennessee - 423-677-6677

Good morning Kathy,

The point that really hits home with me is about the start and end dates.  That can be crucial.  Too many times this is looked over and boy can that be annoying!

Aug 29, 2011 12:19 AM #5
Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)

Kathy, New windows is something we'll have to consider here soon, but fortunately hurricane proof isn't something we typically have to worry about in the Cincinnati area :)

Aug 29, 2011 01:17 AM #6
Janet Jones
Just Your Style Interiors, LLC - Kihei, HI
Home Staging, Interior Redesign Kihei, Maui, Hawaii

Hi Kathy--great post.  Often I see consumers buy windows based on price, but since these are such a large portion of the home it pays to do one's homework.  You're so right--definitely read the contract and check references.

Aug 29, 2011 03:45 AM #7
Cathy Criado
Criado Realty - San Antonio, TX
Making Real Estate Profitable

Hi Kathy - "Impact Windows" was new for me. Around here we focus on energy savings LowE3 vinyl and tilt if they can afford it.  It's amazing what a new set of windows can do for you!


Aug 29, 2011 04:11 AM #8
Lee & Pamela St. Peter
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices YSU Realty: (919) 645-2522 - Raleigh, NC
Making Connections to Success in Real Estate

Kathy, folks would be very happy to have upgraded to Impact windows along the eastern coast!  Great advise to be sure and read the warranty too.  Something we seem to overlook unfortunately all too often.


Aug 29, 2011 05:00 AM #9
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Michael- I don't think they do ... well maybe a very small number do.

Rob- I think so many of the problems begin with not reading the contract and also not knowing what to look for.  

Marco- I think we've all been taught from an early age to read the contract before signing but most contracts are not very user friendly unless you wrote it or are an attorney. 

Debbie- I'm sure the same would apply when looking for a flooring specialist.  I'd say call Debbie!!

Hi Cindy- that and the permits and materials.  We have some contractors who go door to door in some of our retirement communities and take advantage of a lot of people. 

BLiz- let's hope you never have to consider a hurricane in Ohio!  I'd imagine you'd be looking for insulation from the cold!

Janet- You've got to do your homework on these purchase.. know what you're buying and know what questions to ask. 

Cathy- we had the old jalousie windows in one of our houses here.  They all needed to be replaced.  I liked the concept of them but ours were worn from all of the salt air. 

Pamela- after the hurricanes we've had in Florida many have gone to the impact glass.  

Aug 29, 2011 05:27 AM #10
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

These are good points to remember when hiring any contractor for any kind of work around the house!

Aug 29, 2011 06:47 AM #11
Mona Gersky
MoonDancer Realty, Dillsboro,NC - Sylva, NC
GRI,IMSD-Taking the mystery out of real estate.

Kathy, point number one cannot be stressed enough!  Even hiring an attorney shouldn't be that expensive to review the document and keep the homeowner out of trouble.

Aug 29, 2011 06:56 AM #12
Louise Thaxton NMLS 69996
Fairway Independent Mortgage Corp Louisiana NMLS#2289 Equal Housing Lender - Leesville, LA
Military Mtg Specialist - 866-960-9115 VA FHA USDA

Kathy - amazing that many people will sign all types of contracts - and NEVER READ THEM!  Scary!  Thanks for the post! 

Aug 29, 2011 08:13 AM #13
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC


Great post, your insight can save people a lot of money and grief.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Aug 29, 2011 08:49 AM #14
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Good advice.

It is amazing what people do (or don't do) when hiring folks to do construction projects. Do you watch " Holmes on Homes " on HGTV? He's the guy that cleans up all the messes left by bad contractors, inspections, etc. 

So much of the problem comes from people NOT understanding what to ask...this is a good step in education re: windows.

Aug 29, 2011 10:00 AM #15
Kristine Ginsberg
Elite Staging and Redesign, LLC - Short Hills, NJ
NJ Home Stager

Kathy - How timely for your post as we are redoing our siding along with replacing all the  windows and I'd buy Impact Windows just for the sun protection alone - I hate it when furniture fades due to sunlight! I will definitely look into buying these when we are ready to start this project. Thanks for the information!

Aug 29, 2011 10:17 AM #16
Wendy Tomm
Beyond the Walls - East St Paul, MB
CCSP, RESA-PRO, BBB - Wpg Realtors
Great information. We don't suffer from hurricanes where I live but always good to do your due diligence when hiring a company.
Aug 29, 2011 10:29 AM #17
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Sharon- no kidding and please read the contract.

Mona- it's better than paying for it later, right! 

Louise- and some don't understand about getting permits, etc.  You've got to ask questions. 

Hi Lou- I think we see a lot of situations here where people have lost a lot of money.  

Debb- Oh yes, I've seen him.  You just have to shake your head and wonder!

Kristine- Glad I could help.  When we bought our home in VA, we had to replace part of the wood flooring that was faded by the sun.  

Wendy- Get references, ask questions and read the contract!!

Aug 29, 2011 11:43 AM #18
Pam Hills
Innovative Artistry - Kendall, FL
ASP/IAHSP- Stager Miami, FL, Creative Minds Innovatively At Work

Dear Kathy ~  This is a great post!  There are SO many benefits to Impact Windows, even if you don't live in a hurricane you said theft deterrent, energy efficiency, noise reduction, & preserving those beautiful wood floors, carpet, or furniture.  Great posts always!  They both have to go forward I think as they are both great posts for everyone!

Aug 30, 2011 02:36 AM #19
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Pam- Thank you!!!  I bet a lot of people have replaced carpeting and wood flooring because of the sun.

Aug 30, 2011 04:29 AM #20
David Shamansky
US Mortgages - David Shamansky - Highlands Ranch, CO
Creative, Aggressive & 560 FICO - OK, Colorado Mtg

Read a contract before you sign? Are we trying to get a little crazy here?


Great info, as always

Sep 04, 2011 04:11 PM #21
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