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Replacing your old, drafty windows can improve the curb appeal and the energy efficiency of your home. In addition, vinyl replacement windows will also strengthen your resale value. While having construction work done in your home while you are living in it can be a nuisance, there are seven things you can do to make your window replacement project go on without a hitch.

  1. Replacement window outletClear a path inside your home. Most replacement windows are installed from the exterior of the home, but you or your contractor will still need to access the area from the inside over the course of the project. Move all furniture away from windows and ensure trip hazards such as area rugs and ottomans are out of the way.
  2. Make sure outlets are accessible. You will need access to electricity for running miter saws, air compressors and finish nail guns.
  3. Prepare the exterior of your house. Remove wet leaves, hoses, decorations and debris from under your windows so workers can navigate easily. You may also want to transplant any flowers that might be damaged during the replacement window installation process.
  4. Remove window treatments. You will want to remove blinds, curtains or drapes as well as any associated hardware for your window coverings.
  5. Contact your home security company. If you have a home alarm system you will need to contact your system installer to have sensors disabled and removed from your existing windows.
  6. Consider taking down décor on walls with windows. Keep in mind that there will probably be hammering and drilling involved in replacing your old windows—the vibration from this might be enough to cause your pictures to fall. Keep irreplaceable items in a safe place during construction.
  7. Cover flooring under the window openings. Replacing windows can be very messy. Drywall dust, pieces of wood, nails and other materials will fall onto your carpet or hardwood. A contractor will typically cover floors during the site prep, but you are paying for that time. You can minimize clean-up and cost by laying a tarp or drop cloth under each window. It is a good idea to do the same outside unless you plan to re-mulch after your window project.

Avoid a project delay by doing prep work ahead of time. If you are considering doing the work yourself, keep in mind that replacing existing windows can be tricky and time-consuming, particularly in older homes. Using a window replacement contractor can save you a considerable amount of disruption to your living space as well as your family time.

The downside of using a contractor is the obvious expense—DIY window replacement will save you a lot of money. And while it is a good idea to buy all of your replacement windows at the same time to ensure consistency, with do-it-yourself installation you have the option to replace just a few windows at a time as your schedule allows. Whether you plan to install your own vinyl replacement windows or hire a contractor, a little preparation can save a lot of time and clean-up during the job.  


Helen J. has written numerous articles in a wide range of formats. She primarily focuses on how to, list and blog style articles. Helen writes articles related to buying a home, selling a house and calculating the costs of a home purchase. Her articles are informational and instructive to help consumers learn more about the cost of their mortgage and whether or not a home is currently in reach.