I assume general ranting is appropriate for the Pit as opposed to, say, MPSIMS. Report for forum change if it isn’t.
Anyway, I finally caved in to the Andersen Windows (well, “Renewal By Andersen”) sales rep and had somebody come out for a price quote on replacing five windows (kitchen, living room, three bedrooms) and the sliding glass door that exits out onto my balcony. First, it appears that the three bedroom windows are three inches too far off the ground (sometime since the house was built, California may or may not - I have yet to find anything specific in California law - have mandated that “all rooms that have a window and a closet must have the windows no higher than 44 inches off the ground” as they are assumed to be bedrooms and it makes existing the house in case of a fire easier). Second, the quote was $25,000 - but they’ll cut 15% off the price if I pay within 30 days.
It just seems to me that this is quite a bit of money just for a few windows. Okay, there are some details - for example, they need “double scaffolding” to replace one window as it’s three stories off the ground, in addition to cut three new holes in the bedrooms because of the 44-inch law - but still, $4000/window plus $6000 for the door?