We will be putting my elderly dad's home on the market soon. Does the return on investment justify the cost of replacing the home's slider?

Asked by John, Fort Myers, FL Thu Sep 20, 2012

windows ? Home built in 1962, still has original single-pane aluminum slider windows. Am struggling with the Q of whether to invest in new windows now to value and curb appeal, or gamble that a buyer may wish to lower their offer to reflect the needed replacements. Opinions ?

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Carla Pennin…, Agent, Georgetown, TX
Thu Sep 20, 2012
My "rule of thumb" answer in these situations is do all the renovations necessary to truly raise the value, or do none of them and take what you can get by pricing it at a price to get it sold. Otherwise, you invest cash in the hope that you will get it back, which isn't a good way to invest.
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The United H…, Agent, Mansfield, TX
Tue Nov 20, 2012

Personally, I would only bring the properties condition up if it will place more money back in your pocket. This update would definately help however it might not be necessary. Please feel free to contact me directly depending on where your estates price point is, is what will determine the need to add new windows or not.

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Jeff & Karina…, Agent, Arlington, TX
Thu Sep 20, 2012
I have owned and sold several in your neighborhood. Call me and we will get you sold. 817-988-7653. Jeff Cassell.
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John, Home Buyer, Fort Myers, FL
Thu Sep 20, 2012
Thanks to all for the candid and speedy replies ! Judging from the responses, I think we'll hold off on the new windows for now.

New paint, new landscaping & lighting, and a thorough cleaning are the order of the day. It's not easy trying to undo twenty years of neglect :)

As to the subject of investors, my brother and I have consulted with neighbors and we are all in agreement that we do not want the home to become a rental down the road - we'd prefer to put in on the market and make it a private sale through a realtor.

Thanks again for all the advice - Trulia ROCKS !

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Dallas Texas, Agent, Dallas, TN
Thu Sep 20, 2012
Difficult to render an opinion unless I was on property . Many times families realize it is an older home looking more for "bone structure" open floor plan.

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John Straub, Agent, Fort Worth, TX
Thu Sep 20, 2012
Hi John
Do not replace the windows you will not recover that cost. There are updates that you could and should consider before marketing the home. If you would like help, or just an evaluation of the home please contact me directly.

John Straub
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Bruce Lynn, Agent, Coppell, TX
Thu Sep 20, 2012
We need to look at the whole picture......if the home needs other updates too, I'm not sure the windows will make a difference.

I can go by and take a look at the how if you like and tell you what I think needs to be done to get a sale.
We also have investor buyers who will buy as is, but of course they price the updates, overhead, and profit into their bids...but it means you don't have to do a thing.

Bruce Lynn
Keller Williams Realty
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Jeff & Karina…, Agent, Arlington, TX
Thu Sep 20, 2012
If the home is in Arlington, my office is here and we have remodeled hundreds of homes in our career of 22 years. We would do a market analysis and see if it justifies the money. If you want more information, just email me the address and your contact number so we can discuss the particulars. Send it to jeff.cassell@txinvestment.com or call me on my cell at 817-988-7653. Thank you.

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