As much as 90% of Americans have plans to remodel their home.
Many of those Americans are remodeling to increase the value of their home. If that’s your case, you’re probably wondering what changes make the most difference to how much your home is worth.
Among the most valuable remodeling decisions is getting new windows. But when you’re weighing this renovation against others, you need a little more in-depth information than that.
Keep reading to learn more about the value of a window replacement and how to make the most investing in new windows.
Are New Windows a Good Investment?
The ROI on a window replacement depends on a number of variables. Those variables include where you live, the type of window and frame you choose, and how many windows you replace.
In general, though, you can expect to see an ROI of 70% from the new windows. Of course, investing in new windows doesn’t pay itself off until you sell your home.
Make the Most of Your Window Replacement
An ROI of 70% is just a general rule of thumb when it comes to investing in new windows. But there are ways that you can make the most of your investment, including making repairs instead of replacing windows, buying energy-efficient windows, and hiring the best contractor you can find. Below, we go into detail on each of these tips.
1. Repair Versus Replacement Windows
You might not have to replace all your windows. If your framing is square and in good condition, then you can purchase retro-fit windows that fit into the original opening. You’ll only need to replace the sashes, side jambs, and trim.
Replacement windows are the cheapest way to get new windows in your home. However, retro-fit windows aren’t as energy efficient as full replacements. As we discuss below, energy efficiency is extremely important.
2. Energy Efficiency
When you install energy-efficient windows, you save a lot of money on energy bills. Buyers take that into consideration when purchasing a new home. That’s especially true if you live in a state or city with high energy costs.
Single-pane windows are the least energy-efficient because they offer little to no insulation. Double-pane windows are a step up from single-pane because the two layers of glass reduce energy leaks. But the best energy-efficient windows you can find are those that are ENERGY-STAR certified.
3. Hire a Good Contractor
One way that people lose money on their new window installation is by hiring the wrong person for the job. Installing windows properly takes expertise and professionalism, which means you have to do your due diligence when hiring a contractor.
Ask for recommendations from friends and family and read reviews for highly-rated, local contractors. Once you’ve narrowed it down, ask that contractor for references to ensure they are capable of the job they say they are.
Investing in New Windows?
The ROI for new windows is as much as 70%. That makes it one of the best investments for adding value to your home.
You can make the most of that investment by choosing energy-efficient windows, opting for a repair over a replacement, and hiring a great contractor – and that’s where we come in. Contact us today for more information.