Should I invest in replacement windows?

Asked by Steve Lang, Morganville, NJ Tue Nov 2, 2010

My house was built in 1974 and still has the original wood windows/aluminum storm windows. The existing windows all work properly but they don't perform as well as the new energy-efficient windows. It will cost about $8K to replace the windows (less $1500 IRS credit).

Is it better to make this improvement or would buyers rather have a lower price?

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John Sacktig, Agent, New Jersey, NJ
Tue Nov 2, 2010
Hi Steve,

Get the wndows, it will help with the sale of your home. Windows are one of the big ticket items people want to see. If they have to do it after they move in.. wah, wah, wah... they will go with another property that already has the windows done. Will you "make it back" well, that no one can say.. but will the new windows help to present your home in a better light to buyers!

Do it before the winter comes!
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I would look into it. It sure wouldn't hurt! I also think buyers will be more interested in your home as it would have just had new windows put on it. I would look more into it if I were you! http://www.stoptherot.com.au/rot_timber_repair.php
Flag Thu Jan 22, 2015
People are really into energy efficient windows right now. On the other hand, some people would like that the house has the original windows. It's your call. Personally, I'd like having new ones myself. It's all about how much you want to sell the place. http://www.cityglasscompany.com/about.html
Flag Wed Jan 21, 2015
I agree, if it is going to help the resale value of your home, then you should definitely get them. If you notice that some of the windows are cloudy as well, you should replace them. That means that the glass isn't completely sealed, and air and water is getting between the two sheets. That is very hard to repair, and is cheaper to just replace. http://ryansallglass.com/window-repair/
Flag Wed Dec 17, 2014
I think that the windows can get to a certain point where they just need to be replaced. Sometimes, that's the best way to go about it really. It takes less effort and still manages to get the job done. http://www.brothershomeimp.com/products/windows
Flag Fri Dec 5, 2014
I agree that it will help sell your home. When I look for homes, windows are always one of the first things I look at. If you update yours and have replacement windows installed, you're sure to increase the value of your home. Good luck and I hope everything works out for you! http://www.cadwestwindowsanddoors.com/Custom-Windows-Torrance-CA.html
Flag Wed Dec 3, 2014
I agree with John. Buyers love little upgrades like that. It will add to the value of your home, and it will be more energy efficient. I'd look into it if I were you. http://www.suburbanglass.ca/en/products_and_services.html
Flag Thu Nov 6, 2014
I would get the windows too. That's great advice, John. Even if they didn't help sell your home, I would still install new windows. Old window let in all sorts of spiders and dust. It's also really annoying to hear everything going on outside like it's all in your front room. http://www.banddconst.com/services/windows-and-doors/
Flag Thu Oct 30, 2014
I am going to agree with Eugene on this one. Most home buyers will want energy efficient windows. Since yours are so old, I can't see anyone making an offer that doesn't take the replacement cost into account. Regardless of whether you are selling the home, you should install new windows to reduce your utility bill.

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Flag Wed Oct 29, 2014
A lot of home buyers want new windows for energy efficiency. I think any offer that you get without new windows, will include a discount for replacing them. The new windows will also make your home more aesthetically pleasing, which will increase its value.

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karablader, Home Buyer, Utah County, UT
Wed Jun 4, 2014
It just depends on what kind of buyers are out there. There is the type of person who doesn't want to have to deal with repairs after buying a house so they would rather pay a little more if the repairs are already finished. There are also the people who are looking for the cheapest thing they can find so a lower price would attract them. It's a tough call to make and a little bit of a gamble both ways.
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I agree, Kara, every buyer is different. I would say that most buyers enjoy the idea that they won't have to make any repairs on the home right when they buy it. I would recommend getting a quote from a window replacement company too see how much it would cost. If it is financially feasible, then I would definitely get them replaced.
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Flag Wed Nov 19, 2014
I think that it would be a great idea to invest in replacement windows. There area a lot of buyers who are looking for a house that is very energy efficient. It would probably be best to ask your realtor though. http://frontierdesigncenter.com/Residential_Construction_Erie_PA.html
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Francesca Pa…, Agent, Manasquan, NJ
Sat Nov 10, 2012
Steve,

One of the things as a buyer's agent I always look at when perusing a home is windows. If they are worn and old, I advice my clients that it may be a near term significant outlay of cash. Therefore, I would recommmend that you do replace the windows. But remember, this will only aide in selling your home and you will NOT see a 100% return; most likely 60% ... but in my view worth the investment as it is likely to reduce your time on market.

Sincerely,
Francesca Patrizio, ePro, SRES
Francesca@PatrizioRE.com
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Exactly. You probably won't get your full value back, but the reduced time on the market will save you money. It's your decision, but new windows are a pretty major selling point. Buyers will definitely ask about it, especially if your windows look old or in disrepair. | http://www.solchek.com.au
Flag Sat Jan 31, 2015
I agree with Francesca on this issue. Having energy efficient windows is essential to selling fast. When I am looking for a property, the windows are one of the first things I consider. If you don't replace them, the buyer will probably ask for a discount.

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Flag Mon Nov 17, 2014
Lyle Wolf, Agent, Morristown, NJ
Tue Nov 2, 2010
Steve
This is a tough call without seeing your home and how it stacks up against the local competition in your price range. The average new home buyer in New Jersey is 31 years old. In general these buyers seem to not want to do improvements and often will pay a premium for “new”. They also attach a higher cost in their own mind to any work that needs to be done if they buy the house. The best return on a seller’s investment, in my opinion, is new paint and pulling up existing carpet if there are hardwood floors underneath. It is all about how good a value your home is versus the competition. What does your real estate agent say?
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Kenneth Verb…, Agent, PRINCETON, NJ
Tue Nov 2, 2010
Steve,
having replaced many windows on my own homes I would advise pricing as is and advise that the savings has been passed on to buyers. Unless they are broken and require replacement leave them. The problem you have if you replace and immediately sell is that the typical lifetime warranty is usually transferrable only once. Additionally if other work is planned ie siding, expansions... some of this may be removed.
If you were not planning on selling I would say do them for the credit, savings and "green" factor.
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I would install new windows. You could save a lot of money every year, because the new windows will perform better. I think it is worth the $8K, because eventually the money you save will pay off the cost of the windows. http://www.gilkey.com
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djennifer009, , Salt Lake City, UT
Thu Apr 30, 2015
I don't think you need to replace the windows. If they all work, then there's no need to take them out. Those aluminum windows were built to last. If you're going to do anything to them, I'd say maybe some repair work. But replacing all the windows is excessive and not a good use for your money. http://glassrepairsperth.com.au/aluminium-windows-perth/
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Nora Moore, Home Buyer, American Fork, UT
Tue Apr 28, 2015
Energy efficient windows are really big right now, so it might help your place sell. A lot of people have some key features that they are looking for in a house, so they might be looking for that. When it comes to selling a house, sometimes we need all the help we can get. Good luck with everything. http://terrysdiscountwindows.com
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Jackson Will…, Home Buyer, Provo, UT
Wed Apr 1, 2015
I think this is definitely worth looking into. It's much easier to sell a property when things like this are updated and in the best shape possible. I know that I would be skeptical when it comes to buying a property that is outdated. Doing your best to get things like this resolved is definitely something you should look into very closely.
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Hollie Trues…, , San Francisco, CA
Thu Mar 26, 2015
To me, this is a tough question to answer. If the windows still work, I can see why you wouldn't want to replace them. However, a home that is more energy efficient might sell better on the market and a lot of heat is lost through windows in the winter. If the buyer thinks they will save money by having more efficient windows, they might be willing to pay more for the house, especially if they don't want to be replacing them after they move in. http://www.mitchellwindowanddoor.com/windows.html
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Kelsey Compa…, Home Buyer, Provo, UT
Wed Mar 18, 2015
It sounds like you do indeed have an older home and it might be a good idea to invest in replacement windows. There is a possibility that you could even get by with just repairing them. My best advice would be to look into all of your options before making the decision. http://www.sjglassanddoor.com/residential
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lynnnchase9, , Omaha, NE
Wed Mar 18, 2015
I agree that the windows could possibly help sell your home. Buyers want to know that there are little updates that they need to make when purchasing a home and doing something like this really makes sure this happens. I would definitely suggest looking into this. I think it would be really beneficial to you. http://www.southmelbourneglass.com.au/glass-replacement
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Gerald Vonbe…, Home Buyer, Jackson Springs, NC
Mon Mar 9, 2015
I would tend to agree with most of the people on here that getting the windows would be a good idea. Since it's a somewhat older home, you could improve the curb appeal and efficiency by getting new windows. I'd be willing to be that you might be able to make up the cost of installing the new windows with the increase in value of your home, if you're planning on selling the home, that is. http://www.misterwindowanddoor.com/Storm_Protection_Products…
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mattdalek47, , Columbus, OH
Tue Mar 3, 2015
I think most people these days would want to make that change anyway, so it would be saving them time and extra work to do it now. It is a good investment regardless, since that is one less thing to worry about down the road. Just make sure you shop for the best price and find the right company that can do the job right for you.

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Murphy Team, Agent, Portland, ME
Thu Feb 19, 2015
Aesthetically, the answer would be yes. Energy wise, the answer is maybe. I do not believe window replacement is high on the "return on investment" scale.
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James Simon, Home Buyer, New York, NY
Wed Feb 18, 2015
I've seen plenty of windows that weren't great insulation, and I'm sure that there was lots of heat and cold being lost through those windows and dropping efficiency. Glass that is double-paned is much better than old single-pane glass. Also, the trimming can affect how well a window insulates. Is it worth the cost of replacing windows? Maybe.
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Jackson Will…, Home Buyer, Provo, UT
Thu Feb 5, 2015
You should find some statistics about how much the windows will actually save you on energy costs. I know the number isn't small, but I'm not sure if it's as much it would cost to replace your windows. Considering that you don't technically need the window replacements, I would suggest talking all of this over with somebody who knows a lot more about this type of job. The help you can get doing that could significantly help you.
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Eugene Dean, Home Buyer, Provo, UT
Thu Feb 5, 2015
I would absolutely invest in replacement windows. The original windows are probably beautiful, but energy efficiency is more important these days. New windows will also help you home sell faster, and time is money. It's quite possible to recover the $6,500 installation cost.

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Mark Leach, Home Buyer, Pine Bluff, AR
Wed Feb 4, 2015
New windows are a selling point, that's for sure. New windows can help insulating your home, which can save the home owner a lot of money. I think it is up to you as the seller! http://www.superiorwindowsoftexas.com
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lewisremingt…, Home Owner, Rochester, NY
Fri Jan 30, 2015
I think that maybe you could ask a real estate agent and see if they think it will really influence the sale of your home. It could vary depending on the cost of your home already, and how much it will up the cost. For safety reasons, I think replacing them is a good idea, but if the buyers are okay with replacing them after buying the house, then you wouldn't have to worry about it. http://professional-siding.com/windows.php
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Myersjulie31, Home Buyer, Blakeslee, PA
Mon Jan 26, 2015
I definitely think that it would be a good idea to get new windows. Having bad windows can affect heating and cooling costs greatly, so I would suggest that you replace them. Then they can be much more energy efficient and you hopefully won't have problems with drafty windows. I would look to find new windows that match the rest of your home, but that are also really energy efficient to help lower costs! http://www.randkaz.com/products-services/windows/
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Calvin James, Home Buyer, Orem, UT
Thu Jan 8, 2015
I think you're right that you could save money with different windows. I would look into treatments that you can apply to them. I have heard that there are sealants that you can add to increase the insulation properties of the windows. A window repair service could probably point you in the right direction. http://www.sarniaglass.ca/glass_installations.html
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jimfurgeson88, , New York, NY
Thu Jan 8, 2015
Windows are one of the first thing that home buyers notice about a house. People like windows for the curb appeal, as well as the energy efficiency they have. If you are going to replace the windows, it would look nice for the buyer, as well as save them money in the long run on energy bills.
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Kelsey Compa…, Home Buyer, Provo, UT
Fri Jan 2, 2015
I would like to sell my home within the next couple years. I never thought about how important it was to do repairs before hand. I can already think of a few windows that should probably be replaced. http://www.springerconstructioninc.com/services/replacement-…
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Mike Slatton, Both Buyer And Seller, Tampa, FL
Fri Jan 2, 2015
Whether you're going to live in it or sell it, replacing 40 year old windows is a great investment. You will save about $100 to $200 a month on electric costs, and if you sell it you will easily make your money back.

Our company has rehabbed about 30 houses a year, every year over the last 8 years in the Tampa Bay, Florida. I speak from experience when I say that you WILL get you money back. Windows are an investment. Period.

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Jackson Will…, Home Buyer, Provo, UT
Tue Dec 30, 2014
Getting the new windows would be a good choice. It does cost a bit more right now, and it will mean a higher price when you sell the house. You have to realize how much money the new windows would save also. The fact that they would be more energy-efficient means not having to use the air conditioning or heater as often as you might now. Eventually it would be a better value to have the windows. The buyers also might add them after buying the house anyway, you might as well do it now and enjoy a little bit of saving until you sell the house.
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Jackson, I agree that your house might be more energy efficient with new windows. You just need to make sure you can get your money out of your investment. I think it depends on the type of house you own and what the buyers are looking for. I personally would like to pick out my own windows, I am kind of particular about the style of the windows used in my house. http://www.aladdinsglass.com/commercial-glass---storefront.html
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John Connor, Home Buyer, Kansas City, MO
Mon Dec 22, 2014
I think you should do it because it will help sell the home. A buyer is going to want all those little things updated in a home and not want to do it themselves. It sucks to have to buy a house and then have to still put money into it. http://www.centuryroofing.net/products.asp
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Calvin James, Home Buyer, Orem, UT
Thu Dec 18, 2014
That's a good question. I think it will be hard to sell without the new windows but you can try! If it doesn't sell before the new windows are in than just raise the price! That's what I would do. http://glassrepairsperth.com.au/aluminium-windows-perth/
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Vilma Teodoro, , Provo, UT
Tue Dec 16, 2014
I think that it depends on how much the windows are affecting the energy efficiency of your home. I have lived in many homes that have old windows, and they always cause a lot of problems in the winter. There are temporary fixes for these things, like window film in the winter and blinds in the summer. However, you will need to replace your windows at some point if your house is more than 30 years old.
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Gerald Vonbe…, Home Buyer, Jackson Springs, NC
Thu Dec 4, 2014
It's really your call on this one. I don't really think there's a right answer. Replacing the windows will just change the group of people you should market the house to. Some people are willing to pay a little for energy efficient features. If you think the new windows will add to curb appeal and that listing the newly replaced windows will draw more attention to your home, then I think it's worth it. That's a possible benefit of replacing the windows. It's ultimately up to you though. http://www.wonderfulwindowsandsiding.com/windows/windows-for…
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Calvin James, Home Buyer, Orem, UT
Fri Nov 21, 2014
I think you should make the improvement. If a potential buyer sees things like new windows he will assume the rest of the house is modern and kept up. Old windows could show that you have not been updating the house. I would get them replaced as soon as you can! http://www.newjerseywindow.com/morrisplains.php
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Kelsey Compa…, Home Buyer, Provo, UT
Wed Nov 19, 2014
I think it would be a good idea to invest in replacement windows. My parents just had new windows installed in there home. I know waiting too long could cause leaks in your home and possible further damage. http://www.getcitywide.com/services.html
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Jackson Will…, Home Buyer, Provo, UT
Wed Nov 12, 2014
I think it would be a good idea to go for it. It will add value to your house when comparing it to places without the energy efficient windows. A lot of people would definitely prefer to have the improved windows installed when buying a house. I don't think you'll lose anything in getting the new windows. Even if you don't make back the cost in the sale you'll save money on your utilities until you can sell.
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John Westrich, Agent, Allendale, NJ
Sun Nov 9, 2014
You not only adding equity into your property, tax savings, you are going to save on your energy bill. It is a win across the board.
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Myersjulie31, Home Buyer, Blakeslee, PA
Sat Nov 8, 2014
I definitely think that if you want to increase your home value you should replace the windows. It can be difficult to keep a home warm in the winter if the windows aren't very good and don't have as good of insulation. If you are wanting to get good windows, I would look at your various options and see which ones will be the most energy efficient for you! http://www.gilkey.com
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Thomas Moser, Agent, East Northport, NY
Fri Oct 17, 2014
He probably decided already as this question was asked five years ago.
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Cory Trevor, Home Buyer, Aberdeen, OH
Fri Oct 17, 2014
I would suggest replacing the glass as soon as possible. You'll have to do it eventually, and procrastinating increases your utility bill. The sooner you get the windows replaced, the quicker you can recover the cost.

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Cory is absolutely correct on this one. I would replace your windows as soon as possible. Newer designs are much more energy efficient than older ones. I bet you will notice a decrease in your utility bill if you do. Replacing the windows will also increase the value of your home.

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I agree with you Cory, he should definitely replace the windows. They will really increase the resale value of the home, and they will help the home be more energy efficient. Make sure that you hire a professional to help you put them in though, because you want to make sure that everything is sealed just right. http://rfoam.net/services.html
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Sharon Felton, Agent, Nashville, TN
Wed Oct 8, 2014
I think windows are absolutely a necessity. I believe in the long run you'll find that they save you money on electric or utility bills. Yes, go for it.
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Kiara Jane T…, Home Buyer, Kansas City, MO
Wed Oct 8, 2014
The neighborhood kids were playing baseball in the field next to my house yesterday. Next thing I know, the ball comes flying through my living room window. I was so upset! http://www.glassdoctor.com/fort-collins/HomeGlassRepair/Wind…
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reynoldsc99, Renter, Tulsa, OK
Wed Aug 27, 2014
Are the windows the original ones put in in 1974? If so, then you do need to replace them. It will raise the value of your home and make it more attractive to buyers. Windows that old do not work well at all, and are likely wasting a lot of energy. I would recommend shopping around a little more to find the best price for the replacements, though.

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brookebowen9, Home Buyer, Henderson, NV
Thu Aug 7, 2014
I agree with John, it'll help with the sale of your home. You have to think long term when dealing with home improvements. Either you stay in this house for a long time and enjoy your new windows, or you sell it easier because the windows were replaced. Good luck and I hope you found what you were looking for!

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Action Realty…, Agent, Fort Dodge, IA
Wed Jul 30, 2014
Get the windows if they are good quality. Be sure to check for state and utility rebates and credits also.
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Melchor, REA…, Agent, Orange, CA
Wed Jul 30, 2014
Steve,

Get the windows. You will notice the difference during the year.
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Tim Johnson, Home Buyer, Provo, UT
Wed Jul 30, 2014
As a potential home buyer I would take the improved windows. I don't want to look at a home as a project. There are a few very handy people who like to do the fixing up themselves, but those are few and far between. You'd be better off replacing them, especially since they are still from 1974. Window repair isn't too rough though, and might be a cheaper option and you could say that you recently had them serviced and that will allow you to still sell for higher without spending the full $8,000. http://www.griggsglassandmirror.com/Glass_Installations_Serv…
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reynoldsc99, Renter, Tulsa, OK
Wed Jul 23, 2014
I would replace the windows if I was in your situation. When you are selling the house, you can tell potential buyers that the windows are brand-new, energy-efficient windows. It makes your house much more appealing and you can even raise the asking price reasonably.

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Stephanie Sc…, Home Owner, Virginia Beach, VA
Mon Jun 9, 2014
"U.S. Department of Energy" http://goo.gl/ygMex has a great website on Energy-Efficiency. Read their specific page on energy-efficient-window-treatments http://goo.gl/PgIbAh or their page on energy efficient windows http://goo.gl/0TPgxs . This page talks about effectiveness of awnings, interior and exterior blinds v/s getting new windows. It gives you actual percentages saved and specific info, very helpful. Check out this energy efficiency page http://goo.gl/uSrcOQ .
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Patricia May…, Agent, Sea Girt, NJ
Tue Apr 1, 2014
Your home sounds lovely. I do not believe in upgrading and putting more money into your home. Your home will sell based on the following: 1. condition (try your best to show your home at its best light: declutter, remove large pieces of furniture, etc.); less is best.
2. price your home competitively-- if you are truly wanting to sell. Be the best priced home on the market. Begin to think as a Buyer-- they want the most for the money and the buyers set the price.
3. Ensure you hire a full time agent that is experienced in your local market; an agent that continues to educate themselves and their clients with the most updated info on the local market. And, ensure they are pulling all the stops to sell your home: Facebook Ads, Social Media, professional photos are a must!
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Dorene Slavi…, Agent, Torrance, CA
Tue Jan 28, 2014
I love the wood, but the sad truth is that they are drafty and hard to keep up. I will eventually change out all of mine (sadly) but I do think it will save in the long run.
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I agree with Dorene. I think wood windows are attractive, but they are definitely energy inefficient. The wise and responsible choice would be to replace them. The savings on your utility bill eventually offset the installation costs. Shop around your local glass companies. I am sure that you will be able to find a good looking option.

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Kara Blader, Home Owner, Salt Lake City, UT
Fri Nov 22, 2013
We just installed high impact windows in South Florida and I don't regret it a bit. Do whatever will keep you and your family safe and protected.
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Joan Congilo…, Agent, Freehold, NJ
Sun Jul 21, 2013
If it were me I'd opt for replacing the windows first. It will make your home look better, add value and be more energy efficient which most buyers appreciate in a home.
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Kasia Maldon…, , Jackson Heights, Queens, NY
Sat Nov 10, 2012
Steve,

I think that replacing the windows would be a wise move. It would be more appealing to potential buyers- less work to be done by them and also it will save them money on energy costs.
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I agree, it's appealing to buyers to have recently completed a big renovation. Windows are something buyers look at first. If you have the funds to get them repaired, I think you should. http://www.stoptherot.com.au
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