Replacing your windows is an investment that usually reaps its benefit over time. The normal thought behind a replacement is that after you’ve replaced your windows, your monthly utility bills will be lower, because new windows are much better insulators than old or damaged windows.
So, at first glance, it may seem that replacing your windows before you sell your home isn’t worth the time and money. After all, you won’t be around to pay those lower utility bills. However, this isn’t the whole story. For many homeowners, window replacement might be just what they need to sell their home faster and for more money.
If your windows are old, discoloured, broken, or have cracks in their seals, homeowners will notice. You can try to use curtains to mask the condition of your windows, but most people will pull them back to check the condition of the window frame.
Plus, some window problems can’t be hidden. Windows panes that look foggy or streaked even when clean indicate that the internal seal has broken, and that spells bad news for buyers. They know such a window will have to be replaced in order to keep the home energy efficient. As with most renovations, homeowners are reluctant to do the work themselves.
You can ease a homeowner’s mind by performing those renovations before they take possession. Plus, a clever real estate agent can help you communicate the value of your new windows to potential home buyers in your listings. You can request a higher asking price for your home when you list more things as “brand new” in your listing.
More Light and Great Views
Replacing your windows before you move has other benefits that can help your home look much better in photos or during an open house. Windows let in light and, if you have great views, potential buyers will notice.
Few people realize that several window replacements may have actually shrunk the size of their windows, as the full frame from the last window isn’t fully removed. By getting what’s called a complete replacement, you can actually increase the size of your windows! The old frames get removed, and there’s more glass.
While the actual condition of your windows may be somewhere in the middle of a home buyer’s list, the amount of light in the home and the views are usually near the top. Plus, the amount of sunlight coming in the windows can drastically change the quality of the photos you take of your home. Homes that have great pictures get much more interest from buyers.
Increased Home Value
Replacing your windows can increase the value of your home. Of course, using renovations to increase your home value is never a guarantee. If you’re not sure if a renovation will be worth it, contact a real estate agent in your area. They can tell you about the condition of windows in the homes you’ll be competing with, and how much more you can ask for your home when it has new windows.
If you’re ready to replace your windows, but need to put your home on the market soon, Thermo-Bilt can accommodate short schedules. Reach out to us for a window replacement.