When dealing with a multi-unit property, saving money is an even more important issue. Maintaining one of these properties is more challenging than working on the typical house. When it is time to replace the windows, you need to be on the lookout for hidden costs that can cause you to go over budget.
Getting Rid of Old Windows
A multi-unit residence will have a lot of windows to change, so you should first make a plan for disposing of them. Talk to the contractor who will be doing the installation to find out if window disposal is offered. While some contractors will charge extra for this task, others will do it for free. Even a contractor who is inclined to charge a disposal fee might be willing to forego this or offer a discount based on the number of windows being installed.
Check the Window Frames
When replacing windows, it makes sense to buy new ones that are the same size, so there is no need for frame adjustments. However, there may be instances where the current frames will not work.
- If the existing windows do not meet current building codes, you will have no choice but to make the window openings larger. These standards may vary depending on the state. Owners of older multi unit properties should check with building authorizes before replacing windows.
- The frames for the existing windows may be flawed in design or installation. This will have to be taken into account when new windows are purchased.
- If there is damage to the opening from rot or insect infestation, work on the frames will be necessary.
Picking up the windows yourself will eliminate the delivery fee, but this can be a challenge when dealing with multiple units. It also depends on where you buy the windows, as manufactures and some dealers do add a deliver charge. These charges can go up or down depending on how close your property is to the supplier. You could end up adding hundreds to your window replacement budget.
If you want to install larger windows, you should talk to the contractor about how applying for permits can add to your costs. Some window installations do not require permits, but if you are resizing the opening and making changes to the walls permits may be needed. If this will add too much to your budget, you may have to rethink your plans.
The first step is to find a contractor familiar with the ins and outs of the process. An expert can help you manage your budget and avoid unexpected expenditures. The project management team here at CMS Bush is fully versed in the ins and outs of window replacement in multi-unit structures. Let us show you how we can help ease the pain of window replacement and help you avoid hidden costs along the way.