Sure, the windows and doors of your home might look a little dusty or maybe a bit worn from time, but don’t fear! Your house isn’t going to fall down around you if they aren’t replaced. Here are five steps to renovating your windows and doors for a fresh new look on the outside of your house.
1. Create a budget
The first step in starting any remodel is creating a budget where you’ll plan out how much money will be given to each room/area/item that will need renovation. Write everything down exactly as it should be done, and this way you can prioritize which windows and doors need replacement more than others. This will also help you to stay within your budget because they can be expensive, so if you know that you won’t have enough money to replace them in every room in your house, then go ahead and cross out any windows or rooms that are less important than others.
2. Decide what windows/doors need replacement
Once you’ve created a budget for yourself, it’s time to sit down with the pencil and paper again. Using the information about how much each window should cost per square foot (or door based on the amount of material), compare this number against how much money you have to spend overall- if there is enough money left over after assigning budgets to all items in your list then go ahead and cross windows or rooms that you know you won’t be able to afford. If money is left in your budget then list out windows or doors that need replacement based on how much each item costs, from most expensive to least expensive.
3. Choose the material
The materials you select for your house will make a big difference in the overall look and longevity of your home, so be sure to sit down and consider all of your options. You can choose from many types: wood (external), fiberglass (external/inward), metal (external). Ask yourself what look you’re going for and how important exterior durability is to you. Also, decide whether or not you want something traditional like wood or more unique like fiberglass. Once you’ve thought about the look of your house and how long you want this project to last, then it’s time to select a material.
4. Hire a contractor/remodeler for installation
This is an important step because finding someone who has done work in your area before can save you money in the long run by making sure that they won’t cut corners when they put in your new windows or doors. You definitely don’t want them to use low-quality materials or try and talk you into anything else- after all, you paid good money for those windows and doors so you expect them to look nice and sit well!
5. Set a completion date
Remember that your windows and doors will probably take around 2 weeks to be installed, so if you already have a set budget for this renovation project then make sure you add 2 weeks onto the end of it to account for finishing touches and other work that may need to be done while the windows sit in their frame. If you don’t have a lot of money or time left over once all your work is finished, then go out and buy some cheap blinds.