If you are considering making the financial investment for window replacement in your home, then you will likely be interested in knowing how those windows will repay you. Fortunately, unlike other purchases in life, the investment really can pay off.
Improved Home Value In a struggling housing market, there are a few big ticket items that buyers want to see in homes for sale. This can include updated kitchen appliances, a new roof, a sturdy foundation, an energy efficient heating and cooling system, and attractive plumbing fixtures. It also includes new windows. Their absence becomes an immediate point of negotiation, which can mean lost dollars for the seller or the loss of the sale all together. There are a number of reasons why new windows are on that list.
- Older windows tend to be drafted. Crafted with a single pane and inferior materials, older windows do not help reduce the heat transfer between in- and outdoors. As they wear, windows can begin to let air move freely at the seams, which also means drafts. All that lost heat (in the winter) or cool air (in the summer) means that systems have to work harder to maintain the desired temperature and energy bills climb.
- New windows, very simply, look better. They are clean, crisp, and attractive. They provide easy light into the room without the dings and dents in the framing that is commonly seen with older, aluminum windows.
- Newer windows are easier to clean due to tilt and swivel features, tend to open and close much more smoothly and are even, often, treated with a reflective coating to keep UV rays out of the home.
Given all of these factors, it is not difficult to understand why buys appreciate seeing them in the prospective home. Just by having them present, the perceived value of the home increases and the likelihood of attempted negotiations is reduced. You can be sure to highlight the new windows, referring to the fact that the investment was just made, which also makes you appear the very concerned and very dedicated home owner. Buyers recognize this as a good trait in a former owner, as it is more likely that the systems within the house received the same sort of care.
Make You Money in Other Ways It’s not just through improved home value that new window installation can help your wallet. You will also enjoy the many benefits that potential buyers recognize in the renovation. Heating and cooling bills are likely to decrease and UV rays will be kept at bay, which means that curtains and home furnishings will fade more slowly. There is no need to worry about scraping tools, paint brushes, and cans of paint, as you might have to do with older wooden windows. Today’s vinyl options are nearly maintenance free and can last for decades.
For more information on how your home value will climb with the addition of double or triple paned windows, consult a contractor near you.