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In the Spring, Texas area, you know that windows matter. They impact efficiency, can make a space feel snug or drafty, and are part of the beauty and integrity of the home. When you are aware of window issues in your home and you are preparing for a home sale, it’s important to weigh your options carefully and make sure you do your homework. Getting a great window repair contractor can make one of the many parts of a home sale less stressful.
Seek out local recommendations online and in person
Word-of-mouth remains a very valuable way to get recommendations in the window repair contractor world, but it isn’t the only way. Start by asking friends and family in your area about who they’ve trusted with their windows and how those projects progressed. Were the contractors clear with timelines and able to hit them, for instance, and did prices end up being reasonable or a bit on the high side? If you aren’t finding a lot of options in your personal network, sites like Nextdoor, Angi, and other online review sites can help you to find vendors who have a strong reputation in the area.
Determine at least three vendors who meet the license requirements
If your state has a licensure requirement, you’ll want to narrow down your options to only people who meet that licensure. This means they have followed the rules to pass informational exams that show they really know the windows they are repairing. There may be unlicensed vendors who promise a cut rate for window repairs, but this corner-cutting can often lead to disappointment, so we don’t recommend it.
Start with a clear estimate of what you need from multiple vendors
If you get bids from three different vendors, you not only get to know all of them and see who has strong pricing, but you also get their perspective on what your windows need. If you go in expecting only a few broken window pane replacements and they advocate for other repairs that could help your home sell, you have new information that could help you make a decision. If they try to advocate a lot of expensive window replacements when you only want repairs, well, that gives you another piece of information that can help you to decide who to work with.
Talk over estimates with your agent to figure out the best path
The estimates you get can help you to decide with your real estate agent about whether to start repairs before listing or wait and see how buyers react to the listing as-is. If you already have interested buyers but they have identified window repair as an issue in the home inspection, there’s also room to choose between making repairs, offering a credit, or saying that you’re selling as-is. Some small repairs are worth doing just to avoid ever having the conversation, but as the cost of the repairs goes up, the more you want to evaluate how you can keep buyers happy while also getting the best possible price when all is taken into consideration.