Do The Research Now Before You Buy

Beautiful Windows In Your New HomeAs winter approaches, there may be many things to discuss about your current home, or potential new home with regard to maintenance on the windows. If you have lived in your home for more than 5 years and not replaced the windows, now may be a good time to take a deep look and evaluate if repairs or replacement may be indicated.

If you are considering a move and a new home purchase, research now what to look for. There is plenty of information about styles, type, Leeds & EPA certified models which will save you lots of dollars and keep your heating and electric bills down. Proper education now means you will become an educated buyer prior to a home inspection. This is great news in being able to discern additional costs you may not have thought of prior to touring that dream home.

New windows are definitely an investment for your home. As a buyer for a potential new home, it's easy to overlook possible repairs or replacement costs. Some costs may easily be from $300 to $1,000 per window, and it may be something you must consider. Most homebuyers don’t factor in window costs when searching for a new home. However, remember you can educate yourself about what is available before you tour the next potential home. Keeping the heat and AC inside is definitely a consideration here in Texas where the summers can be extreme in temperatures.

Pay Particular Attention To:

  • If the windows are difficult to open and close; you can of course test them all, but be sure to try some out. If you are unsure about them, please remember to ask your real estate agent.
  • Be sure to note any damage to window frames. Finding signs of water damage, rotted wood, or recently made repairs, both inside and outside are critical to determine what type of work needs doing.
  • Is there hardware missing. Most hardware can be replaced, including cranks for casement windows, but if the hardware is missing, it could be a sign that the window does not work properly. Check with your agent for additional information.
  • If you do not have clear sight from a window, or it appears to be foggy and a double-pane window; a seal may be compromised. Condensation between the panes of glass means the seal has been broken and the energy efficiency of the window has been compromised.

What about single-pane windows. Single pane windows were installed usually in older homes. Most were not very energy efficient, and replacement with new double-pane windows are will certainly be more energy efficient.

Double-paned windows are said to save energy, save money, and add to a home’s value. Pros say lowering your environmental footprint and insulating your home against outside noise is always a win win. While you can't buy just one and expect savings,  it’s hard to find reasons you shouldn’t consider energy-efficient windows, just remember quality in this type of product does matter. issues related to window quality and installation that can reduce, or negate, the energy savings you are aiming to receive is also a valid consideration in doing your research.

Remember to ask your agent if replacement windows are part of the costs before you buy. Always consider future maintenance when surveying the windows in general. Wood windows can be scraped and painted every few years and still maintain their integrity. If new windows are an option, there are number of low-maintenance models available, including vinyl, fiberglass, and composite, as well as wood windows where the wood is exposed inside but covered with vinyl or aluminum outside to protect it from the elements.

Research prior to touring is a really great idea. That way when you find something you love, you can discuss any concerns with a home inspector and it can be included in the report. While you may not have planned to spend money for window fixes as a new homeowner, we believe that new windows can benefit you in the long run by having a more energy-efficient home.

The agents of Lake Kiowa Premiere Real Estate are always available to help you with any questions or concerns. Call us today at 940-665-3300

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08/26/2016 | Author: Fran J. Donegan, guest expert
Fran J. Donegan writes on home improvement for Home Depot. Fran is a longtime DIY author and has written several books, including Paint Your Home.

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