Cutting Costs on Replacement Windows in San Francisco

From Margaret Everton on May 31, 2011 in San Francisco

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If you’re in the market for replacement windows (as most of us with cold, drafty homes in San Francisco unfortunately are), there are several unique ways to go about cutting costs on your purchase. Know that San Francisco holds a vast pool of talented window installers with competitive rates, as well as tax credits and good info for informed comparison shopping.

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Without further ado, let’s dive in.

Finding the Right Installer

There are many window installers in San Francisco, so finding the right one for the job can be quite daunting. In order to choose the best installer, request estimates from multiple companies in your area, and then narrow your options down to a few above-average candidates. You can check out window installers on CalFinder by viewing their profiles, searching the Better Business Bureau and looking for reviews by previous customers.

Once you’ve chosen your two or three favorite installers, interview each candidate separately and make notes about their services. Most window replacement companies will offer a lower price per window if you choose to do multiple windows at the same time, so you should factor that in when deciding which windows you will replace.

Gather pricing information from each company, and let them know that you will inform them of your final decision at a later date. Next, compare your estimates and choose the best candidate for the job. A good rule of thumb is to avoid the lowest bid, as it often produces low-quality results.

Choosing the Best Windows

After you have chosen the contractor of your dreams, you need to select your new windows. There are many different varieties available, making this a complicated decision process. However, it is worth noting that you can claim a solid tax credit if you install energy-efficient windows in your home. This credit will be equal to 10% of the product value, a fairly good incentive to install this type of window.

Though energy-efficient windows may cost more up front, it will be worth it when you receive your tax credit. In addition, choosing to install energy-saving windows will reduce your utility bills for many years to come. After a short time, the windows will have essentially paid for themselves. In fact, San Francisco homeowners save anywhere from 15-25% on energy bills when they replace single-pane windows with double- or triple-pane upgrades.

Having your home’s windows replaced may seem like a complicated process, but if you follow these tips, you can be confident in the decisions you make along the way. Choosing an installer you trust, deciding on the right products, and applying for eligible tax credits are all important things to remember in order to get the best deal possible on your new windows.

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