As a homeowner, you likely have many home improvement projects and goals that you’d like to tackle in the foreseeable future. Unfortunately, they all cost money. You may have to pick and choose which project you will do now, and which ones can wait. The smartest move is to make window replacement your top priority. Here’s why:
- ROI: What good is making a home improvement if you don’t get a good return on investment (ROI)? The Huffington Post says you can enjoy a 72 percent ROI on window replacement in many cases. Very few remodeling projects recoup 100 percent of their initial costs. Windows can return between 70 and 80 percent of costs on your home’s market value. However, a new sun room will get you back just 52 percent while a new front door can fetch you 97 percent.
- Increase your asking price: If you’re looking to sell your home soon, replacement windows can garner you a higher price. According to CNBC, a $10,000 expenditure on new windows can increase the asking price on a house by $8,500. There are certain flashy improvements that can bump up the asking price of your house, such as new hardwood floors, natural stone countertops and upgraded appliances. But functional upgrades can be just as appealing to buyers, such as new windows, entry doors, and sliding doors.
- Save money on energy: Every year you wait to replace your windows is another year you’re shelling out unnecessary money on heating and cooling. Drafty windows can raise your energy bills by 10 to 25 percent, says Forbes. If you’re not keen on throwing good money out the window every winter, consider replacing them this fall.
- Increase safety: Sometimes the biggest side effect of old windows is their lack of safe operation. Perhaps your weather stripping or hardware is malfunctioning, or maybe you have a damaged, warped or broken sash or frame. Even if your windows may still technically open and close, they can pose dangers when doing so. From sticking windows to bent frames to protruding elements, you don’t want to risk your safety just to get a little fresh air. And if your windows don’t open or close at all, this could be a fire hazard.
- You have original windows: If your home still features its original windows, it’s time for a change – especially if you don’t know when they were installed in the first place. If you have an old house, it could contain lead which is a safety risk. You may notice chipping, deterioration and even water stains around the window, or perhaps the design is simply outdated and doesn’t match the rest of your home’s style.
If you could identify with any of these, you may want to look into replacing your windows. Call Rescom Exteriors today at 508-832-5202 to learn how our Bristol windows can enhance your home.508-832-5202 to learn how our Bristol windows can enhance your home.