You’ve Booked a Window Replacement. Now What?

Whether it’s a project you’ve been putting off for a while or one you just recently noticed needs to be done, you’ve taken that giant first step of scheduling a window replacement. So now what? How do you prepare for new window installation?

You may have a few days or even weeks before the installation starts, which should give you some time to do all the preparation you can in order to make the big day as smooth and seamless as possible.

To help you get started, we’ve put together a short list of recommendations that can help improve the overall window installation experience for you, your family and the contractors working on the project.

Clear out the areaA woman lifting a couch.

This is the most helpful thing you can do for your workers ahead of your installation. By clearing out the space near the windows, it allows them to work freely without the worry of bumping into and breaking anything of value. This includes any photos or other artwork hanging on walls near the work area, as well as window treatments such as blinds or curtains. Additionally, if the windows are far from an entry way and require moving through the house, having a clear path for installers is a good idea. They’ll be carrying windows in and out of the house and won’t always have the clearest view of where they are stepping.

Turn off your home security system

If your home has an alarm system, it’s a good idea to make sure you’ve deactivated it temporarily before work begins on the windows. This is an easy step to forget but remembering to do so will certainly save you another headache. If necessary, you may also want to contact someone from the security company ahead of time in case proper deactivation requires professional assistance.

Trim any landscaping near the windows

Your workers will need to be able to get to the windows from both the interior and exterior of your home. If you have any bushes, trees or other plants that make their home underneath the windows being replaced, we recommend providing around two feet of clearance.


A woman covering a couch with a tarp.Renovations such as window replacements are bound to create dust and debris within the work area. On top of that, glue and paint can get a little messy and can be even harder (or impossible) to remove from furniture. If you have some old blankets or sheets, you’ll save yourself a headache by covering any furniture around the work area. We also recommend you move your furniture at least six feet away from the windows being replaced.

Restrict access

Small children and pets alike tend to be curious creatures. Commotion and strangers will almost assuredly draw their full attention. However, the work area can be a dangerous place. Installers may struggle to give their full attention to the project while watching out for your loved ones at the same time. To protect your family and avoid the risk of a poorly executed project, we recommend restricting access to the project area until completion.

By following each of the recommendations listed above, you can help to ensure your installation runs as smoothly as possible. On top of keeping your home clean and safe, your installers will be thankful that you took the time to accommodate them.

Are you considering replacing your windows? Have more questions about replacement window prep? Schedule your free consultation with West Shore Home today!