I think everyone knows by now that updating your windows is a simple and fairly inexpensive way to increase the value of your home. If your windows are still made of old fashion glass and/or leak air and water then that is a great place to start your next renovation project to really increase the value of your home.
With a good company most window replacement projects can be done in a day – maybe 2 depending on the number of windows and how hard they are to reach – and it there is no rain in the forecast. When it comes time to sell there is absolutely no hiding old and outdated windows from anyone who comes to take a look. There is also no way a good inspector wont note that the windows are old and outdated and need to be replaced.
You don’t want to burden the potential buyers with a list of expensive updates they will need to make promptly upon moving in so we always recommend making sure your windows are not going to be on the naughty list! We discussed this topic with some local contractors in Houston and found that there were several cost effective projects that can increase the value of your home.
- Carpet Cleaning (Oops Steam Cleaning)
- Power Washing (Pressure Washing America, LLC)
- Roof Cleaning (Pressure Washing America, LLC)
- Painting (Houston Painting)
- Replacement Windows (Amazing Windows and Siding)
While this isn’t the definitive list of projects you can undertake to increase the value of your home it is a great place to look at your home and see what looks like it should probably be done. We will take a closer look at roof cleaning because I think most people wouldn’t really consider this at the top of the list. Your roof makes up literally the top half of your home so it seems like a pretty good idea to keep it clean.
Windows are very important too but they generally only make up about 10 or 20 percent of your homes exterior. If you have the budget and your neighborhood calls for these type of improvements I would recommend doing all of these for max impact. You will likely end up spending more than $10,000 but you will almost certainly get that back at closing and likely save a headache of dealing with buyers who want to negotiate these things in before closing anyways.