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replacing new windows

Posted by buckeyemike42 (My Page) on
Tue, Dec 18, 12 at 23:40

I am replacing all of the windows at my mom's home. Her house can't hold the heat due to these beat up old windows. I am an army wife and have a very tight budget. With my husband deployed and two kids with serious health issues, we have to watch every penny. My mom really needs these new windows, she is disable and I am all she got.

The current windows have -0- insulation.
I am replacing a bedroom window size 97 1/2 "w x 64 "h with two 36" x 36" windows. (law requires at least one bedroom window to have an opening space of 24" h x 20" w)
A dining room window size 73 1/4" w x 39 1/2" h w/one 48"w x36"h.
A bedroom window 73 1/4" w x 39 1/2" h with one 48"h x 36"w.
five windows(3 kitchen and 2 bedroom windows)size 41 1/4" w x 39 1/2" h with five windows 36" x 36".
A living room window size 97 1/2 x 64 h with two windows 48 w x 36 h .
A bathroom window 25 3/4" w x 39 1/2" with one 24" x 24" window.

I am paying a total of $1500.00 in labor,

cost for the 13 windows is $1100 plus california tax (getting them at home depot, I get 10% military discount)
They are twelve Sierra Horizontal Sliding Vinyl Window White with LowE Glass and Screen and one 24 x 24 JELD-WEN 200 Series Sliding Aluminum Window, White, with Low E Obscure Glass .
I am also paying about $300 to $500 max in additional materials for the reconstruction of the walls extra window frames space, since the new windows are smaller than the current old windows.
The total price is around $3300 for everything.
The guy who is doing the labor is awesome, he currently works for a construction company in Ventura and they work all of over Southern California. The company is taking 2 weeks off for the holiday and I am getting the windows done while the company is closed for the holidays. Extra cash for him, since he can't afford to take time off.

His boss is ok with him working for me (I spoke with his boss to avoid any conflict).
My question is:

Is this a good price? I have never replaced windows before and I am seeing some very high prices in this forum. I know this guy and trust his work.

He has done other work for me and I was extremely satisfied with the quality of his work.

He is a hard worker and very knowledgeable

Proud army wife

Follow-Up Postings:

RE: replacing new windows

I am ex-Army and in L.A. area. As I understand your sizing in the bedroom, your 36 x 36 will NOT meet the egress rules in CA. But if you mean 36 x 64 you will be good.

RE: replacing new windows

just a follow up. Including tax and labor and divide by 13. If my math is correct that comes to $207.00 and change per opening, installed. Make double sure about your written contract, as this pricing is un-realistic to the max.

RE: replacing new windows

that prcing is absolutely ridiculous even if they were covering the openings with old newspaper.

RE: replacing new windows

I am very sympathetic to your situation, but I'm afraid that I would have to agree. A solid window worth buying is going to be around $200+ , and then you should be paying out in the ballpark of $100-$150 for a standard install. Those are bare bones COSTS, no profit or expenses. For a reputable company that will be around in 10 years to service your install, add another 50-100% (remember, that's not all profit, in fact it is mostly overhead such as rent, utilities, insurance, marketing expenses, service expenses, etc). Purchasing windows that are too small and modifying the openings is not advisable either. This whole situation really has the potential to be a very pricey mistake.
have you looked into any financing options?

This post was edited by HomeSealed on Wed, Dec 19, 12 at 22:03

RE: replacing new windows

+1 to the other feedback.

Be very careful and understand that you are your only advocate in this situation.

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