DIY Window Replacement: Hidden Costs

If you’ve decided that now is the time for window replacement, choosing new windows for your home is exciting. For many homeowners, they think that removing and installing new windows in the home is easy and will save them money in the long run, but in fact, there are a lot of little costs that add up quickly in DIY window replacement that could soon blow your budget. Here are some of the hidden costs of DIY window replacement.


Delivery:
If you buy your windows from your local home improvement store and have a truck with enough space, this usually isn’t an issue. But if you have them delivered from a dealer or manufacturer, there are often hefty shipping costs to ship the heavy and fragile windows.

Framing changes:
Sometimes, new windows will easily slip into the space that your old ones were located. But, oftentimes there are issues in the framing that need to be addressed that you don’t know about until the old window is out – especially in older homes. If there are problems like uneven framing or wood rot, this could require significant repair or replacement, which could have your costs skyrocket.

Permits:
Did you know that some areas may require permits before window replacement can be completed? This is an issue that many homeowners completely forget about, but it is important to do your research. Permits can be costly and sometimes require significant amount of time to be approved.

Renting equipment:
DIY window replacement is a big job and renting the proper scaffolding and other equipment that will keep you safe can be a big expense that you may not have anticipated.

Repairs:

DIY projects require attention to detail and preparation and even when you’ve done everything right, accidents can and will still happen. Maybe it’s a broken piece of frame or trim, or a completely cracked window, but either way, you’ll have to head to the store and drop more money to complete the repair well.

Avoid the hidden costs of replacement windows by hiring an experienced and reputable contractor to handle the job. If you do, most of these issues above are covered and you won’t need to worry about these sorts of details. We’re happy to provide you some options for new windows to meet your style needs and your budget guidelines! We are proud to serve Portland, Oregon and the surrounding areas, as well as Central Oregon and Bend! Our professional team can help you get your home ready for the upcoming cold months. Contact us today if you need expert advice on window and door repair, replacement, as well as weatherization tips.