How To Prepare For Your Upcoming Window Installation 

Tips to ensure an efficient, quick, and trouble-free window installation day.

Published April 7, 20212 min read

As installation day approaches for your new replacement windows, there are a few things you can do to prepare your home to help ensure everything goes smoothly.

Three reasons to get your home ready for installation day

Preparing your home (and family) for an upcoming window installation will:

  1. Give the window installers the space they need to do their job successfully 
  2. Minimize the risk of damage to your valuables, furniture and possessions
  3. Manage family expectations of what the day will entail

Installing replacement windows may be messy and at times a bit disruptive, but the end result will be well worth it.

8 things to do prior to installation day

Here are some steps to prepare your home for installation day:

  • Plan an outdoor workspace where the installers can park and set up their tools and equipment. Ideally, this area should have access to an electrical outlet nearby.
  • Do a walk through from the main entrance to the room (or rooms) where the windows will be replaced. Remove any obstacles that might limit mobility if carrying large items like equipment and tools.
  • If you have a home security system, contact your provider to let them know of the upcoming work being done. You’ll have to temporarily deactivate any alarms attached to the existing windows and reactivate them once the job is complete.
  • Remove all window coverings. If you plan to keep them for your new windows, store them in another room. Also, ask the installer if the hardware needs to be removed as well.
  • Clear the affected rooms of anything valuable or breakable. Remove photos, artwork, or mirrors that are hung on the same wall as the windows being replaced.
  • Move furniture, shelves, and cabinets to the other side of the room, or to another room altogether, if possible. 
  • Clear the area outside of the windows of outdoor furniture, potted plants, fire pits, barbeques, etc.
  • Trim landscaping that may be planted beneath the windows so the installers have room to move around. If you’re particularly worried about your plants, you may want to consider moving them to a different location temporarily.

8 things to do on installation day

There are also steps you can take on installation day to limit the disruption of having a team of installers in your home:

  • Park your vehicle in a place where the installer’s truck won’t block you in when they arrive.
  • Protect your home’s floors from your entryway to the room where the windows are being installed. For safety reasons, the installers will not remove their boots so investing in a temporary floor protector may save your floors from dirt and damages.
  • Cover any remaining furniture in the room(s) with drop cloths or plastic sheathing to protect your items from dust and to make cleaning up easier.
  • When the installers arrive, confirm the windows and hardware are what you ordered.
  • Turn your air conditioner off, or down, to save on energy costs.
  • While the work is being done, ensure your children and pets are kept safely away from the work area.
  • If you need to enter the room while work is ongoing, give the installers notice so you can do so at a time when there is a natural break in the installation process.
  • If you’ll be home while the work is being done, expect it to be noisy. If you won’t be home, provide the crew with a means to get a hold of you should anything come up that requires your attention.

At the end of installation day, your new windows will be worth the effort you put into prepping your house and family for the work needed. You’ll have new windows that not only look great, but might also add value to your home. If you’re looking to install replacement windows, trust the experts at Fleet Farm SERVICEfinder to get the job done right.

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