By Brooke Chaplan
If you're looking to enhance the value of your home, one of the easiest and most affordable upgrades you can make is to install new windows. Older windows could make your home appear out-of-date and raise questions about their ability to insulate the home's interior.
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New windows are available in many styles that can let more light into your home, filter or adjust the light that enters and even offer built-in shades that can be managed digitally. Here are four ways that new windows can increase your property value:
Update the Home's Decor
Replacing your older windows can make any room more attractive and functional. Many homeowners have all their windows replaced at the same time for consistent style and effectiveness, but even one room with upgraded windows can add that 'wow' factor to your home. You can choose from options like a bay window, a skylight, a stained glass effect, various pane designs and windows with an internal shading feature. With incoming light adjusted through the new windows, you can arrange for each room to have its own ambiance.
Eliminate Air and Moisture Flow
The frame seal on older windows can begin to deteriorate over time. Moisture from rain, snow and ice can creep into the property to create a damp or chilly effect. Strong breezes may cause older windows to rattle, revealing your home's age and reduced ability to control airflow to the interior of the home. Having new windows installed will seal up any leaks to prevent further problems from outdoor air and damp weather.
Newer windows are built to last with sturdy materials and expert construction. You won't have to worry about replacing your new windows anytime in the next few years. They'll continue to look good as well; keeping your home up-to-date and aesthetically appealing. With a firm seal and quality products, your windows will hold their value without breaking down due to inclement weather conditions.
Reduce Utility Bills
Replacing your home's windows will keep the cold air out so you don't end up paying to heat your home against cold air squeezing into aging window frames. The glass of newer windows is also tempered to withstand strong heat, which may also help to reduce heating costs. Windy days won't cause your new windows to rattle and you don't have to worry about moisture seeping into the home to increase humidity or glass condensation.
Consider updating the windows in your home for a new look and more efficient heating and cooling. Windows can improve the appearance and overall comfort of your property!
Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She lives and works out of her home in Los Lunas, N.M. She recommends looking into window installation near you. For more information, contact Brooke via Facebook at facebook.com/brooke.chaplan or Twitter @BrookeChaplan
Here in the Northern California market, along with the addition of owned solar, window replacement tends to generate a high return in the re-sale market. Great tips!
Great article on how to spruce up the home not only to help with the bills but also to help with the resale. Window always help give a home a clean and updated look.