window replacement; how hard is it?

Old 11-14-04, 10:58 AM
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window replacement; how hard is it?

trying to determine exactly how hard/difficult it is to replace windows. my parents have 5 casement windows they want to replace (1st floor) of a brick veneer split level. 3 are approx 44" wide by 43" tall, 2 are approx 70" wide by 43" tall. they had several different companies come in and give them quotes. the quotes ranged from about $3800 to about $5000 for either andersons or pellas. in getting some quotes for just the windows from home depot and menards, it seems like these companies are charging about 70-90% of the window cost for labor. now it seems like it would be a straight forward thing for the diy'er but the fact that they are charging so much for labor has me thinking that i am underestimating what's involved. can anyone post their experiences? thanks.

btw, regarding my personal skill level, i have done my share of diy projects and think i might be in the above average range.
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Go to HD or Menards, find the window you want, open the box and read the instructions.
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Speaking from the contractor stand point, installing the windows is the easy part. Finishing the outside/inside so it looks nice is where the costs come in for the material/experience. I've been called in on many DIY jobs to fix the situation, many times having to totally scrap what the homeowner had started/done just to get back to a good starting point so we coould start in.

Good luck.

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