Before selling their home, many homeowners make improvements and upgrades that will make their home more appealing to buyers. If you’re a homeowner who wants to sell sometime in the coming year, now is the time to evaluate your home’s windows.
Inspecting your windows for deficiencies, making basic repairs, improving the windows’ appearance, and replacing the windows if necessary can all help improve the value of your home. Here’s what you need to know.
Inspect Your Windows
Walk around your house, inside and outside, and inspect the condition of the windows. Perform a visual inspection, and open and close each window. Look for problems such as:
- Peeling paint
- Cracked glass
- Windows that will not shut or open properly
- Windows that have been painted shut
- Lack of caulking
- Dirt and grime on the windows and screens
Make a list of any problems that you notice. In your list, estimate how much time each repair may take so you’ll know how much lead time you’ll need to make the repair. Make all repairs before your home is up for sale so any repairs or upgrades can be in the listing.
Make Basic Repairs
Windows that have peeling paint or a lack of caulk can be a deterrent for some homebuyers. Make any repairs that your windows need. However, do not attempt repairs if you don’t feel confident in your ability to do them properly.
Home inspectors can often identify poorly executed repairs when a home is up for sale. The buyer may request the repairs be done again or may even adjust their offer price, depending on the circumstances.
If you don’t feel confident making repairs on your own, talk to a reputable licensed window contractor. A good window contractor will be able to make the repairs efficiently and properly.
Weather Strip for Comfort
In winter and summer, lack of weather stripping around windows can leave some rooms of your home uncomfortable. If a buyer notices that some rooms are hot or cold, the buyer may suspect that your HVAC system does not function properly or perhaps that your home’s insulation is not sufficient. Either way, this could lead to a lower offer or may make your house look less attractive to the buyer.
Weather stripping is relatively inexpensive and easy to install. You can purchase weather stripping at your local home improvement center or hardware store. To ensure your weather stripping will fit, measure your windows to determine how much weather stripping you need. Measure the gap between the sides of the window and the window frame to conclude how thick the weather stripping should be.
Weather stripping usually comes with an adhesive side for easy installation, which you can cut with a utility knife or pair of sharp scissors. If you’re not sure how to install the weather stripping, consult with a window contractor, energy auditor, or handyman.
Know When to Replace Windows
Old windows can devalue a home if they’re not in good condition. Single-pane windows, in particular, are especially problematic because of their energy inefficiency. If your windows are single-pane or if the cost of repairing your windows would be close to the cost of replacing your windows, then the time is right to get new windows in your home.
New windows have an 85% return on investment, meaning if you spend $10,000 on new windows, your home’s value could go up by as much as $8,500. New windows may also make your home more attractive to buyers, which could speed the sale along. If you’re in a hurry to sell, new windows could make your home stand out from other homes in your neighborhood.
Clean Dirty Windows
Even if your windows need no repairs and don’t need an upgrade, you’ll still need to clean your windows before the first home showing. Dirty windows block sunlight and can make your home look unclean on the inside. Dirty screens can present the same problem. Cleaning your windows is an important part of home staging.
If all of your windows are on the same level, you may feel comfortable cleaning the windows on your own. If your home has two stories, contact a window-washing professional to wash your upper-level windows. Working with a professional is much safer than trying to wash the windows on your own.
Don’t clean your windows until a few weeks before your first home showing. If you wash your windows months before your first home showing, the glass may be dirty again by the time the first buyers come to your home.
Work With a Reputable Window Contractor
If you want to install new windows on your home or if you would like to repair or upgrade your windows, contact a reputable window contractor. Your window contractor can help you decide what your windows need to make your home more attractive to buyers and how much money that will cost.
At Ken Caryl Glass Inc., we’re happy to answer any questions you might have about maintaining or replacing your home’s windows. Call today to find out more.
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