Should You Replace Windows Before Selling Your House?

Should You Replace Windows Before Selling Your House?

Just like buying, selling a house is also a big decision that would require considering a lot of things. After deciding to sell your home, the next step would be to see which inventory to take off and which one to keep intact. Items such as sofas, chairs, etc., can be sold if you want new for the home. If not then it is always wise to take inventory of its shortcomings and replace anything that requires an upgrade.      

If your current windows are failing, have gotten old, or are not energy efficient, consider a complete replacement to make the sales smoother.  

New windows can definitely impact a buyer’s willingness to pay the price you desire.   

Let us see it through research conducted by the National Association of Realtors 2021 cost vs. value report. It says that the homeowners who replaced their windows with new windows saw an average return of over 72% of the project cost upon resale.   

Replacing Windows 

When selling, you will come across different types of buyers. Some may want everything to be already done so that they do not have to get into the hassle of replacing things at home. At the same time, others may want to have things in their own way. 

Suppose you foresee your windows being an issue when selling your house for the most value, you must replace the windows for the following reasons: 

  • Inoperable Windows: Replace windows if the glass is broken, has latches, springs and locks.   
  • Drafty Windows: Old windows must also be replaced as those are less efficient.  
  • Inefficient Windows: Old windows might not block sunrays so those must also be replaced.  

If the old windows are unable to block noise, it is a signal for you to change those. You can also replace the windows using laminated glass, double-pane, or triple-pane windows.   

New Windows, New Home  

New Windows New Home

You as a seller might think that everything is fine. But this approach can prove to be wrong. If you are thinking of selling, then you must think like a buyer. No buyer would spend the price desired by you on a house that is not well prepared. Anything dysfunctional will give the wrong impression and the buyer may step backwards. To sell the property fast, you must see every aspect of your home and then put it on sale.  

If there is a requirement, you must replace the old windows to make your property competitive in the market. New windows will give a new look to your home. How your home looks will make or break the first impression. There is quite a probability that new windows will help your house stand out among others in the market space.   

When sellers compete for a small number of buyers, it becomes crucial for you to prepare your home well.    

Windows and Installation  

Anything that has to be replaced may feel enormous at first. It goes the same for windows and doors. However, there is nothing that you must worry about. With the help of a real estate agent, a lot of things will be done and you will not feel burdened at any point. An experienced real estate agent will be able to help you at every step, given his/her wide network and connections. If you are looking forward to selling a house, contact Manny Singh, the top real estate agent serving in the areas of Hampton Park, Narre Warren and Pakenham.  

7 Signs It’s Time to Replace Windows  

No matter how much you deny, the windows of your home play an important part in creating comfort levels. If the windows of your home are damaged or are just outdated, they will impact negatively. Whenever that happens, especially when you are also thinking of selling, it means, it is time to replace them.    

The windows will not get less efficient all of a sudden at a time of sale but the process happens slowly over months or can even take years. So, how will you know about the efficiency of the windows?  

Here are 7 things that you must look into if you suspect the windows are past their prime.  

When to Replace Your Windows 

Home windows last about 15-20 years. Once these windows get this old, the seal starts to weaken or they may even fall. It leaves you open to the drafts.  

The windows that lasted over a decade will start to lack insulation. Apart from that, here are the signs that will signal you to replace windows if: 

Windows are Visibly Damaged 

Quite obvious! If something is damaged, it will need repairing. A damaged window is more likely to break which can leave your home damaged to water seepage, mould, pests and mildew. Also, it is not safe and gives intruders a chance to break into the house. If you get a damaged window fixed as soon as possible, you will be able to keep your family safe. Moreover, you will be able to sell at a competitive price in the market.   

Windows are Drafty 

Draft is a major issue for a few reasons. First of all, it means that the air you are paying to cool might seep out. Another issue can be that hot and humid air outside makes its way into the room with drafty windows. You might also feel uncomfortable when the temperature gets humid.    

Your Electricity Bills are Uncontrollable 

A lot of things can cause your electricity bills to rise and we believe blaming the windows would probably be the last thing. But poor and old windows do make a lot of difference.  

As we have already mentioned, drafts allow the temperature-controlled air inside your house to escape. This gives rise to your electric bills and increases the workload. This can shorten the life of your HVAC unit too. Replacing old windows with new, energy-efficient ones will help to lower the monthly bills. It will also make sure that your air conditioner does not need to work harder than is required.  

Condensation Happens on the Inside of Windows 

Condensation on the inside of your window normally means that your windows are leaking air.  

Note: Condensation on the outside of your windows should not be a concern. It just means that it is warmer and humid outside than it is on the inside.   

Whether it is inside or between the panes, spotting condensation anywhere except the outside of your window is a perfect sign the windows should be replaced.  

Carpet and Furniture Around Windows  

If the furniture, carpet, rugs and decor that is exposed to the sunlight coming through the windows has faded, your windows probably do not have the UV protection that is offered by modern windows. The windows with low-E glass are treated with a microscopic film that keeps UV rays and solar heat from passing. This also prevents your furniture, carpet, and curtains from getting faded, and also helps in keeping your home cooler.  

Windows Don’t Give Dampen Sound 

If you reside near a busy intersection, train tracks, or just have neighbors who are too loud, you might think there is nothing you can do about the noise. But here it is! Modern double or triple-pane windows give noticeable dampening sound- all thanks to the additional insulation. 

These are some suggestions that we could possibly give you before selling your house. If you have any questions regarding buying or selling, contact Manny Singh, a real estate agent serving the areas of Hampton Park, Narre Warren, Pakenham and the nearby suburbs.

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