Window Restoration to expensive in Central NJ?
I fell in love with and was able to buy my first older home a little over a year ago. It's a colonial home with plenty of old home character. Every contractor that has walked in and noticed the windows tells me I need to replace them with new windows so my heat doesn't escape. They never ask if my attic is insulated, but they're all dying to get rid of my windows so my heat bill will be lower. I show those contractors the door.
Getting the windows restored is definitely on my list of things to get done in the near future. They're not in terrible shape now and I'd like to have it done before they are. Below is the most recent quote I received based off of pictures I sent:
"We can strip the paint off the windows, repair, re glue joinery, re glaze, prime, paint and re install with zinc perimeter weatherstripping for $875 for the double hungs (one set: 1 upper and 1 lower sashes). We'll also strip the parting beads of paint and re install. Clean/polish and re install pulls and handles.
$685 per set of casement windows (one pair) with the same work as outlined above."
I hope you can see my dilemma. I think the price is outlandish based on what I've read the cost should be (including posts on gardenweb regarding prices). This is the second quote that I've received like this.
Could someone please suggest an alternative?! I'm looking at window restoration companies...maybe I should be looking for woodworkers? or painters? I don't have any confidence in my ability to do a job like this myself.