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Anyone have experience of Pella, Harvey, Andersen, and/or Advanced Windows Systems? I'm getting quotes to replace 14 windows in my house (one of them picture window) and am getting the typical sales rap. Also, anyone ever get a quote for 14 regular windows for $41,000?! My eyes jumped out of my head.............
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What size are your windows? My experience was $1000 to $2000 per window five years ago, except for the picture window.
44" x 31" barring the picture window
Vinyl Replacement windows? Or other?
Okay. It's been 10 yrs, but to have 10 windows and an 8 ft slider replaced with Milgard windows...it cost $5000 ($4700 to be exact). It ran between about $400 for each window and about $1000 for the sliding door. And the install was not easy...the old windows were steel casement windows which had to be sawed out. Took one day for install of windows and an extra 1/2 day for the slider.
So it's been ten years...have prices gone up that much? I'd shop around. I'm thinking in the neighborhood of $8-10,000...$41,000 sounds outrageous. Check into Milgard windows and local dealers/installers. They're great windows. Comparable to Pella vinyl replacements.
it would also depend upon what work they are doing, the quality of the windows, and the material of the walls. Are they simply replacing the sashes? try getting a handyman over for a second opion and clearly understand what they are going to do. My quotes were as high as $2,000/- this summer per window from pella, marvin and anderson. i'm simply looking to repair my windows.
Yes, simply replacing sashes plus actual windows. No trim, nothing. Are Pella windows as good as Harvey mid-range?
I replaced 17 windows and a four panel sliding patio door for about 8000. This was a few months ago. I used Milgard.
Good Lord. I'm thinking $8,000-$10,000 also. Unless you have some crazy custom windows they should be approximately $500 per window and maybe another $500 for install so at the most $1,000 per window average.
was anderson the high quote? my mom's friend was quoted $35,000 for about as many windows 5 years ago. standard ranch, standard ranch windows. i wanted to know if they were made out of gold.
I replaced my windows using Home Depot's "american" windows, which I've since been told are the same as Anderson windows. I haven't followed up on that, however.
they were double paned vinyl replacements. I replaced 4 windows that were stock sizes, and one that was custom. The stock sizes (in their inventory) were about $130 each, and the non-standard was about $180.
I installed myself. Each window is about a 2 beer job. I'm not a good handyman, and I work slow.
For my picture window, I hired a handyman. The window was a sliding window from Home depot, cost about $400. It took the handyman about 4 hours to pickup the window, replace, and haul old window to dump for me.
I'd see if you can find a reliable handyperson off of craigslist if you don't want to try and do it yourself.
$40,000 is a lot, unless the windows are indeed made of gold.
1) Nope, my windows are indeed not made out of gold - I basically politely but firmly asked the salesman to get his a** out of my house post-quote. This was the Newpro windows guy.
2) I like $180/window as long as I can find someone to install them well. They're larger than standard stock size apparently. $180/window would make $2340 barring picture window. I LIKE! Let me see whether I can find someone to install them for cheap.
3) BTW If I was a guy I'd install them myself. But unfortunately (never thought the day would come when I'd say this :-) I'm a girl. :-)
My simplistic advice, is to get a whole bunch of more estimates. Which is a pain. And do more of your own research on what brand of windows are best, or best for the $$. While at the same time trying to figure out a reasonably priced installer.
And take your time, if possible, & try not to let crazy/high/estimates "get to you". And you might luck out, & find a really good installer, for a fair price. (Getting estimates for home renovations is so much fun, isn't it? When you're just the average homeowner, & don't already know everything about it?).
Good luck, & persevere......
i hate it when you get the really low estimate. is this a deal? does he know what he is doing? is he planning to rob us? am i getting ripped off if i don't go with him? will end up costing twice as much because of "unexpected problems"?
Craigslist can find you a handiman, or ask around, there are a lot of them out there looking for work at $20/hour in Minneapolis.
$20/hr would be a pipedream here in MA. But if I find someone willing and capable of doing the job at even a slightly higher price, I'll still be in for much less than all the fancy quotes others have given me.
The windows cost $125 to $300 @. You can get a good handyman in the Chicago area for $30 to $50 an hour. I have one that works for $300 a day when he is slow. He is a pro remodeler. I did my own and it took me about 2 hours a window. Don't waste you time with these high prices. Window replacments are the biggest rip off in the home repair bus....
I'm realizing........(rip-off part). Thanks, folks, you've really helped. Will buy at the cheap (nice, "low") price and ask a handyperson to come install...........Saves me thousands!
One more buying tip. My friends replaced 17 windows in their old victorian outside of Boston in February. Wood, not vinyl AND they were historic window replacements to preserve look of house. They paid 17,000 total. 41k??? The best tip, they told me to get 3 or 4 estimates from different window comanies, then sit on the estimates and not be in a rush (I need new windows too). Got the estimates from NewPro, Harvey last month and BOTH came back almost a month later and dropped their price by 4-6K. It's a game. Don't be desperate and play the game. What a rip-off. I wish I knew how the heck to put in a window.
Oh, I too wish I knew how to install a replacement window! Pella presently has them on sale for $50/each.......if only I was an installer!!!!!
Yes, I'm realizing the game thing. Phone has not stopped ringing with the companies asking me whether I've "decided."
You're in Mass.? But wherever, you can try Servicemagic.com to get estimates (there are diff. categories, like Carpenters, maybe windows?, handyman I'm sure). It's no panacea, you might get crazy high estimates, or incompetetants, or luck out & get someone very professional & reasonable.
When I needed a plumber recently, I called a big outfit who came out & gave me an estimate of $1200 for 3 relatively minor plumbing jobs. I got a young (licensed, insured) plumber from Servicemagic who charged $85/hour, who was great, & the bill was about $200.
Oh, my neighbors had new windows & vinyl siding done by lowes, & it looks great.
When I got my garage roof done, I wound up getting 7 estimates (long story), & finally got the work done for a great price, & the work was very good.
P.S. Phone has not stopped ringing with the companies asking me whether I've "decided."
I'd probably avoid companies like that at all costs! Very few legitimate contractors will do that. Take your time, maybe take a break, give yourself 6 mo. or a year to learn & sort this out & get estimates......
Here you go:
$199 per window, installed. I didn't comparison shop, fyi, just grabbed the first one as an example.
As for doing it yourself; There are a series of "do it yourself" videos you can find on the home depot website that walks you thru the process. That, and 2 beers, will get you thru your first window.
But... $199 installed is pretty good.
We just had Window World install 12 windows for aprox $3000. That included upgrades like Low E and a few being larger than normal. We shopped around for many months and received quotes from $1000 per window to $500 per window.
Now my sister-in-law is shopping for windows and an installer seperate thinking she can get it done cheaper. Most are quoting $100 a window for install only and then the cost of the window.
We are very happy with Window World and wouldn't change a thing. They are a national company so you can check if there is one near you and get a quote.
thanks, will check them out
We used Window World last year to replace 17 windows - most were quite large - I love the windows. They quote the same price for any size! Cost us about $6000 and that included aluminum flashing all around outside. They were fast, clean, neat, polite and left no mess, minimal work inside we didn't even have to remove the plantation shutters inside. We upgraded to better glass and had colonial inserts inside the glass to divide the window, but their base price in Alabama is advertised at $189 each installed. Just a happy customer passing along a good business.
I just hooked myself up. Had someone from a local glass & window co. over today to measure several existing windows (aluminum frame) for screens as all were missing screens. Got to talking about vinyl replacements which he installs...but he offered his installation services (free-lance, of course) if we were to buy our own windows from Home Depot or Lowes. He charges only $40 a window to install!!!! He also recommends Pella because of their good quality and they come with a good warranty.
Too many other projects going right now, but I'm keeping his # on file.
$40/window to install? Where are you located??????! (keeping fingers crossed you're in my area)
I can presently buy the windows for $50/each from Pella because they have a huge sale!
I'm in CA...I'm thinking maybe you should just have a private chat with someone who works/installs for a window dealer...and see if he has a some free time on the weekend and how much he'd charge to install some windows. Tell him he can invite a few friends...and you'll order some pizza!
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