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Home is where the heart is and every aspect is important to your sense of well-being. When buying a new home or fixing an old one, homeowners should look over the types of windows they have. If you have poorly insulated windows, or old windows that do not add any dimension to your home, then it may be a good time for replacements. Once you decide to have that done, there are a few things to take in to account:

Are you a DIYer or do you need a professional?
The do-it-yourself type knows what materials he or she will require, can invest a lot of time and energy into getting the job done right, and is aware of the possible risks. While it may be fun to install new windows yourself, you must take in to account the amount of time you can spare to get the job done, as well as any safety issues-especially if you have children or elderly family members in the house. If you cannot honestly say that you will be able to meet the requirements of the job, then it is best to hire a professional.

What to look for in a professional
Is he or she polite over the phone? Does the company or individual answer your questions to your satisfaction? What are their credentials? Do they have readily available references? What is their main area of expertise? These are all things that should be on your list when searching for a professional window replacement company or individual. If they can not give you the answers you need, or are not respectful of you or your time, it is possible that they may not be responsible when it comes to your property.

How soon will you need the windows replaced?
If you are buying a new home, and still live at you old residence, you may have a considerable amount of time to search for the right style of window(s) to fit your needs. However, if you need them replaced because they are broken, then it is best to call in someone as soon as possible. Check with neighbors or with your local homeowners' association to see who can repair your windows immediately and within your budget.

Choosing Windows
There are many windows to choose from, in both visual style and type. From Awning windows to energy saver and tinted windows, you can find many resources with your company of choice to help you decide. If you are looking to keep the same style as the previous windows, this part is relatively easy. If not, you must decide on what fits your needs. Do you want windows that are easy to open? How about child safety? Are you seeking privacy and yet want to be able to let a lot of light into your home? Once you have made these decisions, you're well on your way to securing the replacement windows that will add to your home and your lifestyle!

Other Resources
For more resources, check out these helpful books:
Complete Idiot's Guide to Home Repair
The Complete Guide to Windows & Doors

Posted by Nancy O. Greene
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