Real estate can be a risky business and homeowners looking to sell are faced with low market prices and stiff competition from the new housing developments. Are you at that point where selling your home does not look like a profitable venture, or seems like a financial mistake?
During my tenure, I’ve helped thousands of Zen replacement windows customers learn how to get the most bang for their window buck before they well their home.
With new windows, your worries might just be washed away with a single project. Windows are a basic need for any home and serve various purposes, from lighting up a dull interior, improving air flow throughout the home, to increasing the home’s aesthetic appeal.
Windows deteriorate over time and lose some functionality with this decline, leaving your home looking dull and ill cared for. To reinvigorate your home’s appeal, lifting its value, you could turn to replacement windows which is a cheap and fast way not to mention energy efficient. Replacement windows are simply slotted into your home’s pre-existing window openings and secured in.
How and Why Replacement Windows Add Resale Value
But why opt for investing in replacement windows over the several home improvement techniques out there? Let us explore just how and why.
Wow them with a great first impression
First impressions are key to successful sales. An aesthetically pleasing home will draw a higher market value compared to a dull looking one. You can improve your home’s allure by opting for windows which are matched to your current interior décor.
You could decide to invest in a completely new window type (awning & casement, bow & bay, etc.) that complements your home’s architecture. This will give your home that eye-catching curb appeal which you can use to your advantage as a homeowner to drive up your property value.
Impress them with energy cost savings
The 21st century has a particular focus on energy. Energy efficient replacement windows will guarantee superior thermal insulation, ensuring warmer winters and cooler summers. Many buyers are looking for homes that take a green approach. Since older windows contribute to about 70% of energy loss in homes, a well-planned window system using energy efficient materials will appeal to buyers.
Consequently, you are leveraging your home’s resale value. As an example, if one switched to standard Energy Star certified double-pane windows, he or she could save up to $400 each year on their energy costs. This means that prospective buyers will be drawn in by the fact that they could save a few dollars annually by choosing to purchase your property.
Assure them of less frequent maintenance projects
Old window material fades over time and loses some of its shine, that’s why aesthetics discussed above are important. However, what materials can you use as a replacement? Replacement windows made of vinyl have been proven to be fade resistant and have the least amount of upkeep required.
Because of this durability, buyers love vinyl windows. They make a material choice with low maintenance costs and less time spent on maintenance. This will certainly help you in getting a favorable price tag for your property.
Present a safe a secure home front
One of the first things that begin to go wrong with older windows are the mechanical parts. If your old windows don’t lock completely and securely or the wood frame is deteriorating, your home is susceptible to break-ins.
Buyers want a home that’s move-in ready and safe for their family. Brand new windows with secure locks and sturdy new framework can offer these buyers the security that they desire.
Entice them with the fresh “facelift”
More often than not, whenever a property goes on sale, the owners renovate the home to fix any visible flaws. This cost is then factored into the home’s resale value. Since windows make up to 15% of wall space in an average house, choosing to replace your windows gives the whole property a massive facelift for a value price.
Assimilating this cost into your final resale value will give you a competitive edge over other properties that go for expensive alternatives.
The Bottom Line
Upgrading your windows before a home resale is not one of the most outstanding home improvement techniques, neither is it one that produces an instant transformation to your property. However, this is one of the cheaper options and produces fairly neutral results applicable over a wide range of clients.
Author Bio: Dan Hatcher owns and operates zenwindowsaustin.com. For over 25 years, Dan has delivered the finest in customer service to Austin homeowners. When he’s not installing windows and blogging about windows, Dan is an avid Houston sports fan.