Selling your home requires a lot of work, especially if you’re trying to make the biggest profit possible. Before listing your house on the market, it’s important to fix up any features that might devalue your home or deter buyers. One of the ways you can make your house more appealing to buyers is by fixing up your windows. By inspecting your windows, cleaning them, making repairs or replacing them, you may be able to increase the value of your home significantly while also helping it sell faster! Here’s what you need to know about preparing your home’s windows for the upcoming sale of your home.
Inspect Windows Now to Be Prepared
Start by inspecting your windows. Open your windows and close them again. Inspect them on the outside and inside. Check for:
- Easy operation. Home buyers don’t want windows they can’t open easily
- Peeling paint
- Rotten places
- Stains on the frame
- Watermarks around your windows
- Broken window panes
- Fogged glass
If the problem with your windows is peeling paint, you may be able to fix this problem on your own. However, most other problems require help from a professional. Watermarks in particular are an indication of a leak, which has the potential to frighten buyers of bigger underlying problems. Other problems, like foggy window glass, could detract from your home’s beauty and staging, and could reduce your home’s value in the same way as leaking windows.
Repair Windows to Improve Resale Value
Once you’ve inspected your windows, repair or get them repaired if that’s what’s needed. Work with a professional with experience for this part, especially if your windows need to be taken apart. Don’t try to take the windows apart yourself, as you could just make the damage worse. If you’re hiring a contractor or handyman to do this work, check references and get bids from multiple contractors before hiring someone.
Clean Windows Brighten Sales Outlook
Once you’ve inspected and repaired your windows, it’s time to clean the glass. Hopefully, you have double-hung windows that can tilt inward for easy cleaning. If not, you may need to break out a ladder or hire a window cleaner to clean the exterior of upstairs windows on a second floor.
Cleaning windows takes a lot of effort but with good technique, you can really make both the inside and outside of your house dazzle. See our recent article about window cleaning to learn how you can be successful cleaning your own windows.
Replacing Windows Can Sell Home Faster, for More $$$
Some windows are too damaged to be repaired. The return on investment for new windows can be as much as 75 to 80%, which means you may be able to get more from your investment if you buy new windows. To replace your windows with those from a company with award winning customer satisfaction, contact Renewal by Andersen of New Jersey and New York Metro. We sell windows that come with a 20 year transferrable warranty. That’s good for you and your home buyer! To reach us for a consultation, call our toll free number 1-888-826-2451 or fill out the short form on this page.
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