If you are contemplating increasing your home value with upgrades, consider upgrading your home’s windows first. Although not the most obvious upgrade, windows are some of the most functional. New windows can mean a more energy efficient home, as well as possible aesthetic upgrades if choosing a different style window.
Do You Need New Windows?
The first step to determining whether to invest in new window systems is to decide if you need them. If your windows are over ten years old, it’s a good idea to have them inspected for wear and tear. Windows over twenty years old will likely be due for a replacement.
There are a few warning signs that your windows will give off if it’s time for replacement, whether you are considering selling your home or not. Some of these include:
- High Energy bills – Are your energy bills higher than your neighbors?
- Drafty – Old homes are notoriously drafty, partly due to broken window seals.
- Condensation – Condensation or frost on the inside of windows can be an indication of windows in need of repair or replacement.
- Difficult window movement – Windows that are difficult to open or close can indicate structure settling or worn-down tracks.
- Moisture between window panes – If there is water between window panes, this indicates a broken seal.
If any of these issues are present in your home’s windows while in the process of selling, a home inspector will always notice. When this is the case, buyers will ask for a price reduction or repair of windows before they agree to the purchase. In this case, upgrading your windows will become a necessity. It’s better to remain aware of any window issues you may have, rather than be blindsided by unforeseen upgrade requirements.
Energy efficiency alone is a great selling point for your home. If you are looking to sell your home in the next few years, begin by replacing existing windows with Energy Star certified windows. Doing so will reduce the cost of monthly utility bills. The UV reflective material on these windows will also help increase the longevity of internal furnishing by preventing sun damage.
Buyers love homes that have modern amenities, especially when they are money-saving, such as energy efficient windows. For every Energy Star certified window, you’ll save around $100-$583 per year. Those potential savings will work as a selling point for your home, especially in a climate like Ohio, where temperatures fluctuate throughout the year.
Replacement windows can also improve home value by being more attractive than older style windows. Although not as noticeable as something like a kitchen upgrade, the addition of casement, awning, or bay windows will improve functionality and the aesthetics. Changing the type of windows can increase the amount of sunlight in a room or help with airflow. Sliding windows are also a popular option which can include decorative interior cove designs.
New windows can also be an easy way to increase curb appeal. Older window frames may look outdated from the outside and can decrease the innate beauty of a home. New windows draw attention to outside visitors and make the home look newer.
Replacing old windows helps with noise reduction in a home. This is especially helpful for urban homes, or homes near an airport. New windows can reduce the noise from air traffic, among other noises. When selling a home, be sure your realtor uses new windows as a selling point for your home and mentions the noise reducing effects of your high-quality windows.
Marketing Your Home
Upgrading the windows in your home is a great way to become energy efficient, add curb appeal, and reduce outside noise. If you do upgrade your windows and then decide to sell your home, be sure to include the new amenities in your home’s descriptions. This way, potential buyer will be aware of the perk before they visit your home in person.
Potential buyers who know the windows were upgraded recently will pay attention to that feature when they visit your home. Your realtor will typically be sure to include these types of upgrades in your listing, but double check to make sure they’re mentioned. This can result in another positive selling point for your home and an increase in your return on investment.
The Able Roof Difference
For all exterior, home upgrades, including windows, contact our office today. We will send one of our dedicated window installation professionals to your home to help advise you on window upgrades or other profitable improvements that can be made to your home. There is no doubt that new energy efficient windows will add value to your home. Contact us today to set up an appointment!