Replacement windows in San Jose, CA should be something that you consider before you list your home with a real estate agency to sell. People often paint, replace flooring, and replace siding before they put their homes up for sell, but they don’t often think about the curb appeal and practical value that replacement windows will add to their home to make it more attractive to prospective buyers.
Replacement windows will give your home a better advantage in the market because they offer so many benefits, such as better energy efficiency, better insulation, easier cleaning. They will also make your home more secure, because replacement windows have excellent locking systems that make it harder for a home to be broken into through the windows.
On average, homeowners recoup almost three-quarters of their investment in replacement windows when they sell their home, which makes this upgrade high on the list of home improvement projects you should do before you sell your home.
Energy efficiency is a huge benefit to potential buyers, who know that they will see lower heating and cooling costs, so they will be willing to pay more for a home with replacement windows.
Potential buyers, unless they are buying a home to fix up themselves, don’t want to invest in a home where they will have to spend a lot of money in addition to the cost of the home to make the necessary home improvements that will make the home more livable and more affordable to own.
How do you know if you need replacement windows before you sell your home? There are several things that will help you make this decision.
The average lifespan of a window is 20 years, so if your house is more than 20 years old, you likely have windows that may be creating energy loss by letting heat escape in the winter and that allow ultraviolet rays in that both make your home much hotter in the summer and damage furniture, wood flooring, rugs, and carpet by fading them out.
Up to 40% of the heat loss in homes is attributable to windows, so this means that energy bills in the winter months will be higher because your HVAC system will have to work harder to keep the interior of your home comfortable. When ultraviolet rays are not blocked, they will lock heat into your home in the summer months, which means that cooling costs will be higher to maintain a comfortable temperature.
If windows in your home are hard to open and close, then they are most likely damaged, and replacement windows are needed. Additionally, if there are cracks in or missing pieces of the seal around your windows, replacements windows are needed.
Replacement windows should be selected with the next homeowner in mind. Consider replacement windows that open and close easily and allow a lot of natural ventilation throughout your home. Also consider replacement windows that are easy to clean from inside the home.
For second-floor bedroom windows, consider double-hung replacement windows, which are safer for children. With single-sash windows, only the bottom sash moves up and down. When the bottom sash is open, young children, who may lean against the screen, break through it, and fall out of the window. This can result in serious injury or death. With double-hung windows, the upper sash can be opened for ventilation, while the bottom sash stays closed, and children stay safe.
To learn more about replacement windows in San Jose, CA, you can speak with our knowledgeable staff at California Custom Creations. You can contact us at (408) 316-6293 to make an appointment for a free in-home consultation.