Increase the Value of Your Home with New Windows

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If you are interested in finding ways in which you can effectively increase the value of your home, you are not alone. One of the surest steps you can take to increase the market value of your residence is to add new windows to your home. There are a number ways in which the addition of new windows to your home increases market value.


If you’ve not immediate plans to sell your residence, you may not be immediately concerned with the idea of increasing the property value of your residence. If you are beginning to formulate plans to put your home up for sale, increasing its market value if imperative.


The Balancing Act


The underlying dilemma of effectively increasing the market value of your residence is balancing what you spend for an improvement against the actual increase in the value. Unfortunately, what happens in many instances is that a homeowner makes an investment in improving some aspect of the property. He or she spends money to accomplish this objective. There is a bump in the value of the property. Unfortunately, the increase in value of the home is less than what is expended by the homeowner in making a repair or improvement.


Over time, the improvement may contribute to ongoing increase in the value of a residence. However, that is not helpful if the plan is to place the residence up for sale in the more immediate future.




A key way in which the addition of new windows adds value to your home is found in longevity. Properly designed and crafted, installed, and maintained windows can last for a significant amount of time. In fact, high quality windows are capable of lasting the lifetime of the home, provided there is not some damage done to them. As a consequence, the longevity of new windows is a factor that contributes directly to the enhancement in value of the property following installation.


Portable Warranty


If you are contemplating adding windows to your residence as a means of increasing property value, the warranty associated with the new windows very well may prove to be a valuable asset as well. In today’s world, a warranty on many newly installed windows follows the home. A warranty is portable. What this means is that the buyer of your home will be able to take advantage of the warranty in the same manner as you would have been able to do if you retained ownership of the residence.


There is one important caveat that you must bear in mind. If you are an avid do it yourself enthusiast, you cannot take on the task of installing windows with a warranty on your own. The bottom line is that the warranty associated with windows oftentimes is cancelled if the installation is not undertaken by an approved contractor. In other words, if you install these new windows yourself, you void the warranty.


Energy Efficiency


Yet another reason why new windows will improve the market value of your home is energy efficiency. In this day and age, replacement residential windows are designed enhance energy efficiency in the property. In point of fact, the amount of money saved through the installation of new windows, when contrasted with costs associated with the old ones, results in the new windows paying for themselves over time because of lesser money being spent on energy.


Curb Appeal


Curb appeal nearly always is improved when new windows are installed at a residence. The fact is that many new windows today are nicely designed. They are designed in a manner so that many models of new windows are suitable for a wide variety of different types of architectural schemes.


Style. Newer pretty much always means more value, especially when it comes to new and impressive styles. Windows have changed a lot in recent decades, and out-of-date windows are easy to spot. Your home dramatically increases in curb appeal and modernization with the addition of new and well-designed windows.


In the final analysis, in some cases, depending on where you reside and the type of windows you end up having installed, immediately after installation, the increase in value for the residence as a whole is an amount equal to 95 percent of the cost of the windows. The remaining 5 percent is made up not long after that.


This is not a guaranteed return on the windows investment. As noted before, the payback on the increase in residential value can take a longer time to occur. Nonetheless, there are plenty of examples in which the market value improvement was been swift.




Jessica Kane is a professional blogger who writes for Scaffold Store, the favorite and trusted scaffold supplier of the largest contractors.


6 Key Things Not to do When Selling Your Home

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If you are like most people, you’ve read article after article about what you should do when selling your home. Equally important to what you should do when selling your home is what you must avoid. There are six key things you want to avoid when selling your home.


Don’t Display Your Day to Day Life


Your home may have worked perfectly for you the way it is set up and decorated. You may automatically assume that the same template you’ve developed for your home works for anyone who may be interested in purchasing your residence. In fact, that is not the case.


When a prospective buyer enters your residence, he or she needs to be able to imagine the home as if he or she is living in it. If there is too much clutter, too much evidence of your own day to day live, that will become difficult, if not impossible, for a prospective buyer to accomplish.


Therefore you cannot leave your residence in state that overwhelms a person on how you have gone about living in the property. Thus, you need to eliminate a good deal of what you have displayed on tables and so forth. You need to put away the personal items that make your house a home for you, but don’t have the same pull with a prospective buyer.


Don’t Raise Red Flags


When it comes to selling your home, you must not leave red flags waving. If there are even small defects that are obvious in your home, deal with them before you open the doors to prospective buyers.


For example, if there are evident defects in the carpeting in a room, even if they are just due to normal wear and tear, you need to address those before the house goes on the market. Small defects can amount to red flags among many prospective buyers. They will worry that if obvious small defects exist, are there bigger problems with a property that are not obvious.


Don’t Be Negative


You must never be negative about anything at your property when you are visiting with a prospective buyer. Of course, you do need to disclose whatever is required by law, good or bad. But, that doesn’t mean that you need to make generalized negative comments about the residence in front of a possible buyer.


This includes even making statements like you decided to move because the house was too small or any type of comment like that. These types of statements and unnecessary and are likely to prove to be unhelpful.


Don’t Carpet the Bathroom


The bathroom and kitchen are two rooms in your residence that a purchaser really does buy in a decorated and complete condition. Thus, it is very important that the bathroom make the best possible presentation possible. The bathroom must not be in such a condition that a prospective buyer will believe he or she needs to immediately go to work on changing it if the house is purchased.


One key step in this regard is not to have a carpeted bathroom. The vast majority of people do not want carpet in the bathroom. They oftentimes equate a carpeted bathroom with dampness and odors.


Don’t Have Pets Around


Undoubtedly, your pets are part of your family. Understanding this reality, you nonetheless cannot have your pets around when a prospective buyer is going to touring the property.


Indeed, you need to take this admonition a step further. You can’t have anything that indicates the presence of a pet around when a possible buyer is going to be visiting the home.


Some staging experts contend that you should send your dog, cat, or other pets somewhere else while the house is on the market. This is an extreme position and is not a realistic approach to addressing the issue of pets in your home when the property goes on the market.



If you are like many people, you may have a room in your house that is more for storage than anything else, a proverbial junk room. Don’t leave that as wasted space when the house goes on the market.


Find another location for the junk you’ve let pile up in the spare room. Turn that space into something else. For example, redecorate it into a simple home office or guest bedroom. You’ll want a potential buyer to see how each room in the residence does have a productive use.




Jessica Kane is a professional blogger who writes for Scaffold Store, the favorite and trusted scaffold supplier of the largest contractors.