For homeowers, retaining value in your property is essential for your financial future. Whether you want to improve the appearance of your home or you are simply looking for ways to make your living experience more comfortable, replacing your windows is a small task that can make a huge difference. Not only will new windows improve the aesthetic of your home, both outdoors and indoors, they will also ensure that your home is properly insulated. But what if that upgrade goes wrong? Could your value move in the wrong direction? It is possible and we have heard horror stories from consumers. So what causes problems with your replacement windows…. Faulty Installation. The number one cause of problems with replacement windows is faulty installation. Statistics have shown that most replacement windows will perform well for much longer than the stated life of the window when installed correctly. However, problems such as condensation, air leaks, or warping are usually due to an incorrect installation. Many homeowners will try to save money on installation fees by doing the job themselves. Unless you are very experienced in undertaking this specific task, you may end up paying even more money in the long run when you choose the “DIY” approach. Replacing windows takes considerable carpentry skills, as well as several different tools and resources. If the homeowner does the installation by themselves, they will not have the guarantee of a professional company. Any problems, other than a flaw in the window or the hardware itself, will have to be fixed at the homeowner’s expense. Choosing a Great Window Installer There are several things to consider before hiring a particular company. You’ll want a free estimate that includes everything from the cost of the windows to cleanup. You’ll also want to ask if the company is insured and bonded. This helps protect you and your property. You’ll also want to make sure the company offers a guarantee that will cover any possible problems later on. Ask your friends and family members for references. You can also check with the Better Business Bureau to see if there are any complaints that have not been resolved by the company. Finally, never pay the entire cost upfront. While you may be asked for a deposit, you’ll want to see the finished installation before completing payment. Replacement windows are one of the best ways to increase the overall value of your home. These windows can dramatically decrease your heating and cooling costs as well. However, if the replacement windows are not installed correctly, you could face very expensive repairs later on. Tips provided by Harvey BP.