Should Windows be Replaced Before Selling?

Selling a home can be a difficult process with all of the updates that might need to be done. Is it worth looking into replacing your windows?

Either way sprucing up your windows or replacing them can drastically change the look of a home. It will also make it clear to buyers that you’ve updated the home, even before they step foot into the house.

What’s the bang for the buck though? This is the first question that is usually asked. If you’re going to invest, you want to make sure it will add value to your home. According to the 2018 National Association of Realtors, the return on investment for replacing windows is one of the highest recouped percentages in home improvements at 74% for vinyl replacement and 69% for wood replacements.

Benefits of Replacing

Efficiency is “in” – many people are starting to see the importance of not only having efficiency in everyday life but also in how they can make their home more efficient. Old windows lack in that area. If you have older windows, they are probably not insulating very well. Inside air is probably going out an outside air is coming in. Even the glass might have lost effectiveness or be so outdated that it has never protected the home from UV rays. Because of all these reasons, it could be making your HVAC unit work harder than it should, leaving the energy bill an outrageous amount.

Many people are making the switch to energy efficient windows. Your windows will be most effective if installed correctly, high-quality installation is one of the greatest factors in maximizing the performance of your windows and could make the difference in reducing your energy bill. Double pane and triple pane will help better insulate a window, it adds an extra layer of protection and will increase the energy efficiency of the window. Double pane is more than sufficient in the moderate climate in Middle Tennessee, triple pane will usually only be considered if there is a need for additional protection from noise.

As a seller, you’re looking for the immediate benefits of new windows. You won’t only be able to express the benefits of the new windows to a buyer, but they’ll see the curb appeal. Style is what sells homes, and windows when chosen correctly, definitely make a home stand out. There are many different styles and colors to choose from when purchasing new windows, so be careful and make sure it’s the right fit for your home. Pay attention to the changes in grid patterns we are seeing in new construction now. We are seeing a significant reduction in grids/grilles and as you update your windows a great way to show off the update is to modernize your style. In some instance, you can go to no grids, but an elegant look is to do the upper sash only in a 4 or 6 lite pattern. Or to do a single vertical stile in one or both sashes.

Will it add value?

Now that you have all of this information, it only seems right to replace your windows. It’s hard to give a definite answer on the return for investment for any updating you do on your home but The National Association of Realtors has compiled data and calculated ROIs for top home improvements.

The selling point to buyers will be how much they’ll save on the energy cost and knowing that they will not have to replace themselves. After windows are replaced, you can save anywhere from 5-15% on electricity. The other potential problem can be the style of the window you decided to purchase. If the style of the window doesn’t look right on the home, or it’s not appealing to a buyer, this can cause you to lose money. The first impression is everything, choose wisely!

Either way, the installation is the most crucial part. When this is done right, you’ll most likely get the return you’re looking for. At EHI we do all inhouse installations – you’ll know who’s doing the work and know it’s being done right. Whether you do a little touching up or replace your window it’s almost a definite it’ll catch the eye of your home buyer.

Making your Historic Windows Efficient While Keeping their Charm

Should you replace your historic windows with new energy efficient windows to save energy? Or should you keep the charm and not save as much energy?

This will depend on if you’re a preservationist or an environmentalist. There is a way to be both in this difficult decision. You can keep the uniqueness of the window while still improving the efficiency of them.

According to the National Trust for Historic Preservation, old windows typically last longer and have thicker glass, compared to today’s windows. Plus, if you update your historic windows, you’re not using any new resources (conserving), and you’re also preserving at the same time.

Historic windows generally have a uniqueness to them that new windows just don’t have. You won’t find an intricate stained-glass window in a newly built home. It’s inevitable not ever to have any issues with your windows, especially if they’re old.

If you start to experience problems with your historic windows such as leaking you might want to consider replacing the existing sash, frame, and glass. If you’re experiencing a draft or wishing to insulate your window better, there are ways to draft proof and insult with appropriate caulking and weather-stripping materials.

Wanting to reduce the energy bill on your historic windows? By adding storm windows indoor or outdoor and also adding heavy drapes can help with this. Adding extra locks to window sashes will tighten the window’s seal which will help prevent air inflow and outflow.

Still not sure if your historic windows are worth saving? Contact EHI, and we can answer any questions on whether you should replace or save your windows!

‘Elevation’ Home Improvements EHI July Winner

Cotton Town Home Makeover!! Stunning Changes
A homeowner’s contemporary vision is made complete by some fun choices.

  1. Losing the sidelights! Becoming French! Taking a single door with sidelights and replacing with a Mahogany French 6 Lite door by DSA. Still deciding on the stain…

2) Losing the grids!!!NO more grids on this home! We are witnessing a big trend away from grids, or designs with less, like single vertical stiles for the ‘cross’ look. Shutters were also removed to complete the sleek feel.

3) Changing the color. From basic white windows to dark bronze or brown gives a sleek and classy upgrade. Dark windows look expensive, but the cost is only a little more than ‘builder white’

Is it time to bring your own house up to date? We love to show you new ideas and trends. While other companies just replace without imagination or real estate knowledge, we focus on adding long term value to your home. Our sales team includes about 20 years of coast to coast real estate brokerage experience!

How to Care for Your Wood Windows DIY Style

Does your home have new or original wood windows? Whether new or old both need maintenance to keep them in good condition. Here are 5 steps for keeping your wood windows looking their best!

Step 1 

Over time windows can have a lot of built-up dirt and grime. First dust off windows with a dry rag. Repeat this process until there is no dust left on the window. When this step is finished, a vacuum or broom might be needed to collect any dust or dirt that is below the window.

Step 2

You’ll need a clean cloth, get the cloth damp by soaking it in water and then ringing it out. A wood cleaner is preferred for the best results, but if that isn’t available dish soap is also an okay substitute. Place a towel or tarp below the window that is being cleaned to avoid cleaning up an extra mess. Have one clean dry cloth handy in case of any dripping water from the damp rag.

Step 3

Scrub the window frame with your damp cloth. This process should be repeated until satisfied with the results. If the process is repeated, clean the cloth previously used or scrub with a new clean cloth.

Step 4

It is recommended to wash the window and surrounding areas after washing the frame. This process is only necessary if you feel more clean up needs to be done.

Step 5

When cleaning window frames, this is a great time to check the condition of the window. Don’t know what to check for? At EHI, we suggest to examine the weather stripping and seal; they should be in place correctly with no damage. No moisture should be between the window panes. If any of the problems listed previously are detected your window might be in need of a repair.