Whether you anticipate living in your home for years, or you want to put it on the market in a few months, you may be contemplating a home project that will add value to your home. Value-added projects are those projects that increase the value in your home on the market. From new siding to a manicured lawn, there are real ways you can increase your home’s value in a weekend. Specifically, you can replace your old windows.
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Our team at Window World understands that the cost of living is increasing. Day-to-day expenses are higher than what we remember in the good old days. Unfortunately, inflation has many people taking unnecessary shortcuts. In fact, in most situations, these shortcuts can lead to costly repairs, especially when it comes to DIY home projects.
You take care of your house, keeping it clean on a daily basis. As needed, you have new paint jobs conducted, over time you may even remodel a bath or kitchen as an upgrade to the house. The outside needs attention as well being the first thing friends, neighbors, or potential buyers if you plan to sell will notice about your home. Some years, simply pressure washing the exterior is enough to make the house look new again. Over time however, the house takes damage from storms and weather and if you haven't replaced components of your home's exterior as issues arose it may be time to consider a full makeover.
When a window is physically and visibly broken, especially the frame, it's obvious to anyone it needs to be replaced. There are other more subtle reasons for replacing a window which often means the window is broken in a way which isn't clearly obvious. When the windows don't open and close smoothly, don't lock, or have a draft in the winter and allow warm air inside during the summer, they are structurally compromised. Other reasons to replace windows may be to upgrade to modern window features, change window styles, or simply for cosmetics if the old ones appear worn out.
You may think of new windows as a project for winter time and a way to save on heating bills without having the discomfort of drafts and cold air coming inside your house. Many homeowners are just like you, winter is the time they realize the windows aren’t working properly. Unfortunately, you’re doing yourself a disservice not to consider new windows in the summertime. If you need new windows, they’re going to cost the same whether you buy them now or wait six months, but if you put off buying them you’ll simply pay higher bills and not have the value they provide for those six months thereby paying more in the big picture than if you simply go ahead and have them installed immediately.
As if the heat of summer wasn’t hard enough on you, the thunder and hail storms which happen in the evening when the temperature drops can really do a number on your house. You and your family worked so hard, saved money, built credit, searched the market, and found the perfect home. You hired a contractor to customize the house to suit your specific needs. Then a storm hits and causes a bunch of damage. You want to sit down and cry, but relax, you don’t need to do that. Instead, make lemonade as you realize it’s the opportunity to make the upgrades you wanted and your house is going to be, better, in just a short bit of time.
Summer is an exciting time of year when you get to enjoy a vacation and daily local activities which keep you active while the weather is conducive to spending time outdoors. You also have lawn maintenance chores which can be fun rather than work if you enjoy the view of your house. For these and a number of other reasons, summer is the time to hire a contractor and have new doors installed on your home as a way to enjoy the weather and make the house more pleasant.
It’s tempting to have your provider do all the work—but a few time and money-saving options exist for the money-conscious homeowner. Window replacement, repair and removal is costly, but you needn’t let the service-person call all the shots. Sure, your providing company has your best interests in mind, but they’re not on your end of the bill. Check out these money-saving tips below, and maximize your window project’s worth:
Although new windows can be made to look similar to older ones, they have little in common. Modern windows are constructed according to a different design than old windows used and are built using different materials. Whether you prefer the sleek modernity of a new window according to new styles or the timeless class of and older style of appearance, there are some differences to be aware of when contracting to have new windows installed in your home.
Window replacement is an important step when fixing up an older house, whether you’re flipping it as an investment or planning to live there with your family. Older windows served the purpose they were designed for by allowing sunlight into the house, letting you look out on the yard, and opening to allow a breeze and fresh air in on warm days. However, new windows have a more efficient design and safety features people have come to expect for a house in today’s world.