There’s a long list of things sellers should consider when finally putting their home on the market. But beyond painting the exterior and staging the furniture, repairs should be at the forefront of their priorities. While fresh siding and new shutters are appealing, home buyers have a much longer list of priorities. Upgraded windows should be among them. Water damage, warped glass, or damaged window trim are an indication that there are big problems with the home’s energy efficiency. But replacing windows is more simple and cost effective than many sellers realize. Plus, it will raise the value of your home and likely expedite your sale.
Will windows appeal to buyers?
While sellers may not have the budget for large repairs, something as simple as window replacement can drastically increase the value of a home. After all, it’s one less thing for buyers to repair when they move in. Right away, even before they’ve entered the home, buyers will be able to see if the existing windows are in rough shape. They will already be judging the home before they’ve seen the new carpets or the fresh paint inside.
Will your windows pass inspection?
All homes are required to pass inspection before a sale can be completed. The inspector’s job is to inform the buyers of any potential repairs and expenses they’ll incur down the line.
Over time, windows become distorted, cracked, and warped. It’s not uncommon for the seal to break and cause a permanent fog that makes windows appear dirty and cloudy. Not only are they unappealing to look at, but they can also drastically effect energy costs in your home. When cold air enters through warped windows in the winter, heating costs skyrocket.
What are the benefits of replacing windows?
Many states offer financial incentives for homes that update their windows to be more energy efficient, so it won’t cost as much as you might think.
What if I can’t afford it?
If replacing all of the windows in your home isn’t an option, replacing just one or two will still have a dramatic impact on your home’s value. Select a window in a location that will appeal to potential buyers. For instance, the window on the home’s front door, or a window facing the street.
The bottom line:
Window replacement has its benefits. If your home has been listed for a while, replacing as many windows as you can manage will increase the value—and curb appeal—of your home. It will also send a message to buyers that you care about their energy bills and have taken steps to make an efficient home.