In the last post we talked about the 5 must know things about buying replacement windows. Here we are going to discuss if they can add to the resale values of your home.
In most cases, yes,replacement windows will add value to your home, but there are on some occasions where they won’t. So let’s take a quick look at where replacement windows will add value to your home and were they won’t add value to your home.
First let’s talk about where new replacement windows will add value to your home for this is going to apply to 95% of you out there. If you live in a modern home lets say built-in the 20th century and you have old windows then yes of course new windows will add value to your home.
They will make the appearance of your home on the exterior and interior more appealing and increase the energy efficiency of your house. This in itself increases the value of your home without a doubt. When a buyer comes into your home and sees new energy-efficient windows in the house it is a strong selling point that can set your house apart from a similar home in the same price range with old windows.
When It May Not
One reason that may not add value to your home would be if you bought the wrong type of window for your homes style. For example, if you live in a craftsman style home from the 1920s with the original wooden single pane windows and you replace those with a inexpensive modern vinyl window you could not only take away from the character of the house but decrease the value to buyers who are looking for that original craftsman style home.
Another reason that new replacement windows would not add value to your home is along the same lines as the previous paragraph. If your home was in a historic district or was a home with many architectural details that encompass the windows.
It should be pretty easy to tell if your windows are vital to the architectural integrity of your home. Even if you have an old home with windows that have 20 layers of paint and are very hard to operate. That are chipping, flaking and pealing than replacing them with the proper style replacement window will add value to your home.
Most homeowners today see value in energy savings and people know that new replacement windows equal energy savings. Also a perspective home buyer is not going to know what your old windows looked like, they will just see the new windows installed and in their minds that would be an upgrade from your old windows.
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