We’re looking at doing some home improvements to our house: some new windows, a new stove, and just some general painting and repair. This year we need to work on the exterior of the house since we’ve focused on remodeling the interior of the house over the past four years. We decided that the best way to go about making all these repairs was to do one thing at a time. That’s totally not how I like to roll, but it definitely makes more sense for my sanity. It seems like anytime I get an idea about a new project there I am, full force into the demolition of the project and then I realize I’m way in over my head.
Some things are better left to the professionals. I was curious to find out how much replacement windows would cost, so I requested a few companies to come out and give us a free quote on replacement windows. Our house is unique in the fact that the front part of the house was built probably in the 1940s and the back of the house is an addition that was probably built in the 1970s. For whatever reason, the windows in the back of the house are definitely newer than 1970, but the front part of the house three of the four windows are what I assume to be the original windows to the house. They need to be replaced because they leak pretty badly.
We also have a couple windows up in our attic that we decided to replace because one is leaking and running down and dripping through one of the door frames. Yeah, it’s not good. I looked online at one of the local home improvement stores for a replacement window and we could buy one ourselves for less than $100 I think. Then I realized that I don’t know how to replace windows myself, and that it probably would be a better idea to let a professional install windows. I don’t need the darn thing falling out. It’s causing me enough headache as it is.
The first company came out yesterday to give us a quote for five replacement windows. The front three windows that aren’t very big (I think they are less than 30 inches each) would cost us $825.00 total to replace. That includes the cost of $600 for the windows themselves, $195 for the exterior trim (?), and then a disposal fee of $30. To replace the two little windows that are in the attic (mind you, they are about two feet by two feet) would cost us $808. I about died. The smaller windows cost us almost as much as three larger windows! With the smaller windows, they would cost $658 for the windows, $130 for the exterior trin, and then $20 for the disposal fee. Good grief!
I think that we are going to look into purchasing the attic windows our selves and then trying to find someone that knows how to replace windows, like maybe a handyman. That way we’ll save some money and be able to better afford the other windows. Looks like I better start saving now!
Have you ever priced replacement windows?