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Jan 26, 2004
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Replace a single window?

I have a small basement window (~13"x26") that no longer locks closed and has some cracks in the frame. I would like to replace it but every company I have contacted says they have a minimum order of 3 to 5 windows in order to book a job.

Any idea how I can get a single window replaced? I could replace the other basement window at the same time if absolutely necessary but would not want to do any more than that.
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Jan 25, 2007
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1 window takes half a day. In that same time, they could install 5 windows. So everyone has minimums, normally by square footage. So cost of window plus 20-30 square feet vs the 10 square feet it would normally be. You will probably find someone to do that one window for $1200-1500, or two windows for 1400-1700.

In your job, do you prefer to make $25 for a morning, or $100?
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Watch enough videos and I am sure you can do it yourself. Post your questions here.
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I remember years ago needing a small window replaced. Cost of window was $150ish, installation was $300 and it took 20 minutes to do.
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Jerico wrote: 1 window takes half a day. In that same time, they could install 5 windows. So everyone has minimums, normally by square footage. So cost of window plus 20-30 square feet vs the 10 square feet it would normally be. You will probably find someone to do that one window for $1200-1500, or two windows for 1400-1700.

In your job, do you prefer to make $25 for a morning, or $100?
Ok.

I'm just asking how I can go about getting a single window replaced, not critiquing anyone's business model.
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sherman51 wrote: I remember years ago needing a small window replaced. Cost of window was $150ish, installation was $300 and it took 20 minutes to do.
Do you remember who did it for you or how you found them?
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How is your current basement window installed. Is it metal frame or wood set in concrete?
Are you looking to install an insert or remove all the frame of the old window?
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mrgrieves wrote: Ok.

I'm just asking how I can go about getting a single window replaced, not critiquing anyone's business model.
Just trying to get you to understand. You might get a handyman to do it, but not a window company and not with a good window
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bubuski wrote: How is your current basement window installed. Is it metal frame or wood set in concrete?
Are you looking to install an insert or remove all the frame of the old window?
I believe it's a wood frame. I'm not sure of the condition of the wood as it is covered in vinyl trim. I wouldn't be surprised if the frame needs to be replaced.
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Excellent question.

Isn't there somewhere we can buy one window and install it ourselves? Or has the window industry locked this down real tight?

Sorry OP not much help
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mrgrieves wrote: Do you remember who did it for you or how you found them?
I did it through Lowes. I had talked to another window installer and the prices were similar. Bought the window through Lowes too.
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rfdrfd wrote: Excellent question.

Isn't there somewhere we can buy one window and install it ourselves? Or has the window industry locked this down real tight?

Sorry OP not much help
Any home store. You get the DIY window though. In this case, doesn’t matter much as it will be a reliance window.

Really good window manufacturers on,y want good installers and have no time for DIYers.
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In your situation if its only one eindow you can diy it. I wanted to diy windiws and diird myself but i got over 20 windows and 4 doors. At the end i contracted it out because i wanted the government rebates. At the end it took them 5 days at a total cost of 26K.
If its just one window might take you at most 4 hours to do?
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mrgrieves wrote: Ok.

I'm just asking how I can go about getting a single window replaced, not critiquing anyone's business model.
and the man informed you that no dealer is going to do a single window right now. They are all working like crazy to finish GreenOn installations and have neither the time nor desire to do 1 window. For installation for an Integral or reliance window, you might be talking $300-$350 (I'd charge a minimum of $500.) The salesrep who has to drive to your house, quote and fill out all the paperwork would make $35 for a booking of 1 1/2 hours. He/she could do an entire house in the same length of time.

Give Brock a call though, they have a pretty dumb sales manager who will send out one of his tin men.

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