4 Ways To Make New Windows More Affordable
If your home's windows are more than about 20 years old, there's a good chance they're in need of replacement. Over time, windows can become drafty and lose their energy efficiency, which can waste your hard-earned money. At the same time, replacement windows can be expensive — often costing thousands (or even tens of thousands) of dollars, depending on the number of windows that need to be replaced.
Feeling overwhelmed by window replacement costs? There are a few tips you can follow to make paying for new windows a little less daunting.
Compare at Least 3 Estimates
First and foremost, make sure you're getting more than just one quote. Even if you've found a window installer that you really like, you should request at least two competing quotes to make sure you're getting a fair deal. Just be sure that the estimates you're getting are for the same quality/type of windows and include the same services (such as removal and disposal of your old windows) for a fair comparison.
Take Advantage of Financing Options
Paying in-full for your new windows can be daunting, especially if you have a larger number of windows to replace. Fortunately, many window companies offer financing options that allow you to spread out your payments over a longer stretch of time. Some may even offer 0% financing, so you can pay the same-as-cash over a few years instead of making a lump-sum payment at once.
Don't Be Shy About Negotiations
Understand that buying windows is not much different than buying a new car or making any other major purchase. Some negotiation is expected — so don't hesitate to haggle a little. Even being able to talk your window supplier down a few dollars per window can add up. Or, in some cases, you may be able to negotiate add-ons like free installation or an energy-efficient Low-E glass coating.
Take Advantage of Credits
Last but not least, be sure to research and take advantage of any tax credits available to you for installing new windows. You may be able to write off some of the cost of your new windows or even claim a cash-back credit come tax time, which can offset the costs of your new windows significantly.
New windows can be costly, but it's important to look at this home improvement project as an investment. And of course, by taking these steps, you can make sure you don't pay more than you need to for your replacement windows.
If you have more questions about new windows, contact a local window installation service.