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When it comes to expanding your home living space, one of the most effective ways to do it is to finish the basement. You can turn a full basement into an entire floor of extra living space. You may even be able to create bedrooms, install a kitchen, and add a bathroom. I created this site to share my experiences with basement renovations and construction. My hope is that sharing what I have learned will help others to see that it's easier than you think to finish the basement and create the space you have always envisioned in your home.

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The process of getting replacement windows might take a matter of weeks to complete since your new windows have to be ordered. Once the installation actually begins, the work goes pretty fast. Here's an overview of getting new replacement windows and what you might expect.

Get The Estimate And Permit

You'll want an in-person estimate for the cost of the window installation that includes the cost of materials and labor. At the same time, the window company can measure the windows to determine the right sizes you need so they can be ordered. Your local building codes will probably require that the contractor pull a permit for the replacement windows, and this cost might be included in the estimate, so be sure to ask. Also, if you have an older home that is not in compliance with new building codes when it comes to the size of egress windows, your contractor may be required to make the window opening larger when a replacement window is put in.

These are things you'll want to know in advance so you're prepared for the full cost of getting new windows. Getting the permit from your city could take weeks if they move slowly, and getting the window supplies might take weeks as well, so be prepared to wait for the actual work to get underway.

Prepare Your Home For The Installation

You'll want to have your home ready for the workers on the day of installation. This includes moving everything away from the windows, both inside and out. Replacement windows are often installed from the outside, but the contractors may need to come indoors, and they'll need room to work without worrying about breaking anything or getting anything dirty. Window replacement companies work in different ways. One worker may pull windows out while another puts one in or a single worker may do one window at a time.

Since windows can be installed at any time of the year, the method of installation takes into account your home will be exposed to outdoor temperatures and bugs, so installers take care not to leave the windows open any longer than necessary.

Have The Windows Installed

You probably want to be home when the windows are installed so workers can get inside your home when needed and so you're available for consultations if they're necessary. However, much of the work will be outdoors, and it involves removing all the old window parts and then placing replacement windows in the old frames. Replacing a single window doesn't take too long, but if you have a large home or multiple levels, then replacing all the windows could take a couple of days. Once the windows are in place and tested for operation, the old windows are hauled away so you don't have to worry about disposing of them.

Speak to a replacement window company, such as Allstate Gutter & Siding, for more tips on getting ready for your installation.