Should you replace your windows before selling your home? The short answer is yes, since new windows can raise your property’s value. But this isn’t the only benefit you’ll enjoy. Read on as Renewal by Andersen® of Cincinnati discusses how new windows can help you sell your home faster and fetch a better price.
Greater Appeal to Prospective Buyers
Prospective buyers are more likely to consider purchasing a property if it has:
- An updated appearance – When it comes to house hunting, first impressions count. That’s why improving curb appeal is the first priority of homeowners looking to put their house on the market. Windows are one of the first things prospective buyers notice when they’re looking at your home.
Window-shopping tip: Your home’s exterior design shouldn’t diverge too much from the neighborhood’s overall aesthetic, but there’s usually some wiggle room when it comes to customization. To help your exterior stand out, consider installing specialty windows.
- Energy-efficient features – Nearly half of the buyers surveyed in The Zillow Group Report considered energy efficiency to be extremely or very important. Given that windows can account for up to 25% of the total heat loss in the average household, energy-efficient windows can go a long way towards improving your home’s energy efficiency.
Window-shopping tip: While shopping for new windows, look for the ENERGY STAR® label. Only windows that passed stringent standards set by the government-run program have this label.
Factors to Consider
Not all energy-efficient windows—even those that have been certified—are created equal. Here are the factors that affect a window’s energy-efficiency:
- Frame material – Durability should be a priority when choosing a frame material–but not at the expense of energy efficiency. Some materials are sturdy enough to support a wide glass panel but have poor insulation. If you’re looking for a material with excellent insulative properties and durability, consider Fibrex®, Renewal by Andersen’s exclusive composite material. Fibrex combines the best qualities of the two materials used to make it: wood’s strength and vinyl’s low-maintenance nature.
- Glass coatings – Windows with wide glass panels, such as picture and bay windows, are a great addition to any home in the Midwest. They let in more sunlight, which can make a cramped room feel more spacious and cheerful. Contractors recommend installing windows with glass coatings to prevent your interior from becoming too hot. Some coatings have a slight tint, which many people don’t like. However, at Renewal by Andersen, our Low-E4® SmartSun™ glass looks just like ordinary window glass.
Greater Indoor Comfort
Your home’s exterior is what catches the eye of prospective buyers, but it’s the level of indoor comfort that makes them stay, and in some cases, clinches the sale. Energy-efficient windows can improve the level of indoor comfort—they let in more natural light, which can brighten the mood inside, and help indoor temperatures stay more consistent.
Another advantage of investing in replacement windows is soundproofing your home. A home should be a place where you can feel at ease, but loud noise from outside can prevent you from relaxing. That’s why soundproof windows are another feature that will appeal to prospective buyers. Renewal by Andersen specialty windows with Low-E4® SmartSun™ glass can reduce sound penetration in your home.
The Case for Replacing Your Windows
Most homeowners are looking to move into a home that won’t require extensive renovations. By replacing your windows before putting your house on the market, you’re making it that much more attractive to a potential buyer.
Considering getting a window replacement?
Renewal By Andersen of Cincinnati offers a wide range of premium windows, including picture and bay windows. To schedule a free consultation with one of our design consultants, you can call us at (513) 283-8981 or leave us a message here. We serve homeowners in Ohio.