If you live in an older home, you’re familiar with the charm and comfort it provides with its nuances and imperfections. However, for functionality you likely understand the need for ongoing maintenance and repairs. Nowhere does this hold more true than when it comes to replacing outdated windows to improve the home’s appearance and provide efficiency by improving the insulation and power bill. Ideally you may want to replace all the windows at once, but if budget considerations require you stagger the replacements over a few years you’ll want to consider the order in which you replace them.

Structure and Insulation

First consider which windows are in the worst shape and most need replacement. The choice is obvious if a window is broken or has a noticeable draft breezing through. It’s also important to consider the structure and design of the house. Although guest rooms are likely not your first priority, if they happen to be placed over a garage or unfinished portion of basement you may want to consider how the lack of insulation affects the rest of the house and the overall power bill.

Cosmetic Appeal

Cosmetic appeal is a legitimate concern and can affect the order in which you conduct your staggered window replacement plan. When all else is equal, it’s typical to replace windows on the front of the house first for visual curb appeal. You may also consider the most used spaces of the den, living room and kitchen for making the first replacements, as these are the windows you have to look at every day and your guests see when they come to visit.


Ultimately, the decision as to which windows are a priority is up to the homeowner. Take the time to consider which ones are most important to be replaced. More importantly, develop a realistic budget plan to replace a few windows each year until they are all replaced, and stick to it.

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