Siding and new windows

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    OK. I could use a little advice from folks that have had this experience. I live in a large two story farm house out in the middle of the country. I am getting ready to have siding and new windows put on the house. Never been involved with this before. I don't have a clue as to what I should expect in this process. Right now, I am only at the beginning stage and will start having five different companies come out and give me a quote for the job. This process will take me through next week when all the written estimates should be in hand. As I said, I live in a large two story wooden farm house that at the present time needs to be painted. Most likely I will have them put some additional insulation outside before the siding goes up. I will need 25 windows. What's a rough estimate as to what this project should cost me? Anything in specific I should be on guard of? Would appreciate any recommendations from folks that have had this experience. :confused:
     
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    If you're having 5 people bid the job, you can nix the lowest, and the highest bid right off the bat.

    9 times out of 10 the low bidder is just trying to lowball everyone else out of a job, and will undercut things that *could* be critical down the road.

    The high bidder usually charges you for the higher end materials while actually purchasing mid-grade, or lower grade materials.

    Take the remaining 3 and go through them with a fine tooth comb. Look for any differences that would indicate a better deal, or more attention to detail. Run all three through the BBB, ask for a list of previous customers, and contact 3 from each company. Are they satisfied? Was the work completed in a timely manner? What was their overall attitude? How were any problems handled? Did they leave behind messes every day, or make an attempt to keep their items contained and out of the way? What kind of warranty is there?

    Lastly, take the one that you seem to like the best, and go with it. If you do your homework, your gut reaction usually isn't wrong.
     
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    Your whole post is full of great advice; I particularly like the bolded bit. Spot on.

    BBD - I haven't been through this process but our windows are 10 years old builder's grade crap and we will be looking into this at some point, so I'm curious to see advice given here too. We did replace our patio door and went with a Pella and have zero regrets. We never had a (sliding) patio door that didn't ice up on the inside during the winter. Who knew? The Pella is aces. The guy who installed it (from Lowe's) advice on windows was not to go with Pella because he thought you could get just as good a window with a lesser brand name. Ok, that's all I have . . . . not much. :)
     
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    I haven't been through it either, but I used to manage the offices of a local overhead crane company about 18 years ago. For some reason, I still retain an awful lot of that knowledge...:redface:
     
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    hubby says there is a lot to it..taking out windows and replacing them before it rains..trim on outside and inside....dont use someone who hasnt done it before...someone who has never done is and is out of work my underbid it big time then not be able to do it...buy the best quality windows you can afford ....see if they have people or subs they prefer....you may pay more in the short run but it beats having poorly installed windows...rough rule of thumb the labor should be about equal to the cost of the materials..try to avoid letting the contractor buy the windows..that cost plus shit adds up...and do not under any circumstances change contractors in the middle of the job...then you have no one to fall back on...the first one wont come back period..the 2nd one will blame it all on the first one...ask for references and go look at them and talk to the current owner....i assure you they will tell you the good...the bad and the ugly... hubby says ask for references from clients who had similar work done..

    hubby says you mostly likely have a window on a weight and the weight pocket needs to be filled in or you need to put in wider windows...it is an excellent time to add insulations...celleloste (sp) can be blown in from the outside then covered with siding....says to do that...thats about it...windows most likely the older ones will be tall and need to be replaced with dble hung windows....

    anymore questions and hubby will help you...you may want to see the tread on his installing board under dishwasher....lol....so kitten couldnt get under there....well the dishwasher door wouldnt open either....he didnt bother to try it before he left to go to wv....

    o there is more....windows and siding on a new house can be 6 to 10% the cost of the new house....so if you are looking at a house that cost 300k to replace you should not be afraid of spending 30 k on the outside...depends on cost preplacement could be as much as 10% of that...

    okay hes gone...i would learn to do the windows myself....and the spray shit aint hard you just trim it down to where you need it to me...and you need a special saw for siding...get out there and be a man and do it yourself...hubby says be a man and be an idiot lol....hire it out to someone who knows how to do it right ....

    ask local home inspectors....
     
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    As far as cost goes, it depends

    How big are your windows? Do you have to order them or can they be bought off the rack, so to speak, at your local Home Depot or Lowe's?

    Expect to pay $150-$200 per window. i suggest you install them yourself. It's a lot easier than you think.

    look at your current windows. Are they the old type with weights and pulleys? If so it takes a little more time but if not, it's a cinch.

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    As far as siding goes, you need to know the area being sided to get an estimate. Siding is priced out by "squares". A is 100 square feet or a 10 foot by 10 foot section.

    how-to-install-vinyl-siding for beginners and do it yourselfers
     
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    do you have the needed tools? that would be a big question but construction tools are selling cheap.....how handy are you?
     
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    design of trim...you got a lot more to do than just get estimates.....do you want miter cuts or butted trim etc..what kinda trim...i like hardwoods...what kinda patio doors....women always want french doors....but you need to keep with the style of the house too
     
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    New siding can be considered improved insulation.
     
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    Thanks for all the good advice everybody - especially bones. I appreciate all of the input. As far as doing the work myself, I have the mental ability to learn how to do it, and the desire to do it all myself but for health reasons and physical limitations I would be unable to do it. I'm only working with about 24% cardiac injection fracture so I tire out pretty easily and quickly. Being on total disability is a bitch sometimes... especially when there is something that needs to be done and you know you could normally do it but... Actually I have two houses that need this done. Both are beside each other. The north house that my wife and I live in is the larger house. South house is still a two story affair but it's smaller and has less window. Just a guess but I'm thinking I should be able to get both houses sided and new windows in each for under $75,000. Think that's reasonable? Who ever I decide on I think I will insist on a contract. Nothing verbal or implied. Everything gets written down so there will be no misunderstanding during the process. I will also insist that if the bid is accepted, anything over the cost of the bid, the contractor will be responsible for. Don't want to have the job started and then hear, oh, by the way, this is going to cost extra, etc., etc., etc. I want everything laid out on the table right from the start. It's easier for me to make decisions that way. Is this too demanding of me to ask?
     

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