One of the biggest downsides of a home improvement project is the mess it creates. This is especially true when it comes to a window replacement. Before the installation work begins, you should consider taking precautions and preparing your home. That way, you can ease the workload of the installers and minimize the amount of cleanup after the project is done. Read on as Renewal by Andersen® of Sacramento shares a few tips to keep your home clean during a window replacement.
Clear a Walking Path
If there are rugs and plants along the route to and around the windows, relocate them before your window installers start removing your old windows. Outside your home, it’s also best to make room for equipment such as ladders and scaffolding. Remove any patio furniture, landscaping features, potted plants and holiday decorations in and around the window area. Doing all of these will make it easier for your installers to work on your windows.
Remove Window Treatments
After clearing a walking path, the next thing you should do is remove window treatments, such as curtains, draperies, shades and blinds. If you’re doing a retrofit installation, your contractor may prefer the window covering hardware to be set in place. To be sure, you can consult with them ahead of the project. Additionally, you should take down any photos or hanging wall decorations. During installation, the vibrations from the tools may shake items off the walls or accumulate dust on them.
Cover up Furniture
For items or furniture that you cannot remove, don’t forget to cover them. While your contractor will try to minimize the mess by using drop cloths, consider providing extra protective coverings for furniture and flooring to make cleanup easier. In the bathroom, you may want to use cardboard to protect the bottom of a bathtub should the workers need to stand inside to install a window. For outside shrubberies and plants, you can cover them with plastic sheets or drop cloths to minimize damage.
Plan for Cleanup
Your window installer may have already prepared a cleanup plan for the window replacement project. Nevertheless, responsible homeowners should plan for an overhaul cleanup even if their contractor will handle the majority of the cleaning. After the drop cloths and protective coverings are removed, a top-quality shop vac is a great way to pick up heavy debris. This makes cleaning easier and protects your regular household vacuum from damage.
When it comes to replacing your windows, look no further than Renewal by Andersen of Sacramento. We provide durable and reliable window options, from casement to double hung windows. Call us today at (916) 779-5800 or fill out our online contact form to set an appointment. We proudly serve homeowners in Sacramento, CA.