With every spring comes the home-selling season, and as a seller, there is a lot to think about when you prepare to put your home on the market. According to Sheel Sohal, a Realtor at KW Domain: Luxury Homes International, good windows are one of the most important components of making a home sale-ready.
“Not only do they act a security element to a house, but updating your windows will allow you to see an increased purchase price when trying to sell,” Sohal said. “Buyers want to walk into a home that feels fresh - and new windows will do just that.”
Sheel said that if your home has old, inefficient windows, it can negatively impact a sale in multiple ways. For one, it can simply turn off potential buyers who don’t want to deal with replacing windows on their own — they want the home to be move-in ready without work required on their part. Second, it can give buyers a negotiating tool that you’d rather avoid as a seller, because the buyer can factor the cost of new windows into the negotiating process, which means they’ll expect you to accept a reduced purchase price.
“One of the many issues we see with older windows is the tendency of air escaping, which can cause energy efficiency problems,” Sohal said, adding that larger homes have larger bills because they take more energy to heat and cool, so inefficient windows can become costly.
“Smaller homes may include less work with the amount of replacing windows but the time element of planning and choosing new windows may add up,” he said.
In addition to the practical reasons to make sure the home you’re selling has new windows, the aesthetic reasons are important too.
“Windows today have become a style enhancer to a home. While we are focused on making sure the security features of a window are working, buyers see charming factors to different styles, colors and options windows can offer today. With Wallside Windows being an industry leader for many years, you can anticipate seeing window service and options that fit your needs and wants,” said Sohal.
For your sale to fully benefit from its windows, Sohal, who is based in Birmingham, Michigan, said, the newer the windows are, the better. This applies to a home of any size and style, and, he said, working with an industry-leading replacement window company like Wallside Windows is typically the most cost-effective way to upgrade your windows and mitigate the risk of losing a sale.
He said it’s important that sellers understand how new windows can help them have a smoother sale. And on the flip side, Sohal recommends that buyers do their part too, to make sure they know what to expect if the sale goes through.
“If you're an active buyer looking for your next dream home, make sure you inspect the windows in their entirety.”
If new vinyl replacement windows are part of your plan to sell your home, contact Wallside Windows today online or by calling 1-800-521-7800 to schedule your free estimate.