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What to Know Before Replacing Windows

by Sheri Barnes 08/14/2019

There are many reasons to put new windows in your home. You will reduce drafts from faulty-fitting glass and frames. You no longer will need to install and remove storm windows with the seasons. You might gain access to more comfortable cleaning options with tilt-in sashes. Your home’s curb appeal may benefit from the updated design. 

However, if your reason to change out the windows is to reduce your energy bill, you might not get the return on your investment for which you hoped. Before you lay out the cash, do some calculations to make sure you know what to expect.

The skinny on ROI

Modern dual-paned, thermal windows retain heat indoors two times more effectively than single-paned windows from ten or twenty years ago. The difference between a new dual-paned window and a single-pane with an installed storm window is only about fifteen percent more efficient. 

Your home’s exterior is the envelope in construction terms. Windows make up just a small portion of most home’s envelope since it includes larger items like exterior walls and the roof. Replacing your windows with new, energy-efficient ones may reduce your energy expenditures by five to fifteen percent. Since the average American homeowner pays roughly $1000 to heat and cool their home annually, a $300 to $1500 per window replacement cost could take a long time for you to see an equivalent return in energy savings.

Top dollar materials

If you replace your windows with solid wood versions instead of vinyl, you may find that they do not hold up as well since modern wood growing and curing practices means that the lumber is more prone to damage from the elements than a vinyl window would be. Although some wood windows come with an aluminum skin or cladding, and so last much longer, these are even more expensive, so your ROI goes down.

Repairing or renovating your existing windows may give you a better return since you can have the panes (glass) repaired when broken, cracked or chipped, and the glazing and sash refurbished. In particular, if your home is historic and has vintage windows, fixing them may be worth the trouble and prove to be near as energy efficient as replacements. 

When you sell

New windows may add just under 75 percent back toward increased value in your home, but not if you removed an original wood window that was part of the home’s architectural features. In that case, having custom wood replacements made will help to retain your home’s value.

Do repair any broken, chipped, or cracked windows or screens before placing your home on the market to give yourself the best chance for top dollar. If you have questions about replacing windows before you sell, seek advice from your professional real estate agent.

About the Author
Author

Sheri Barnes

Buyer & Seller Agent

PERSONAL

Born and raised in the Sacramento area (Fair Oaks), real estate has always been "in my blood" perhaps, due in part to growing up in a builder family. I graduated from Bella Vista High School, attended California Lutheran College, later graduated from CSUS (Sacramento) with a degree in Communications and a minor in Business Administration. In 1993, I moved to Reno to work for a Fortune 500 company and obtained formal sales training. I've always been involved with some sort of extra-curricular activities including sports, music, dance and theatre. My current hobbies include spending time with my family, gardening, an occasional game of golf and volunteering with various youth programs and organizations. I'm Past Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Mountain View Montessori School. 

PROFESSIONAL

Real Estate is my business, my only business. I have been a full service realtor with over 24 years of experience. My focus is helping my client achieve their real estate goals, whether they are first-time homebuyers, Seniors, buyers/sellers, investors, short sales or relocation. I specialize in new construction communities and residential resale in Washoe County.

I truly love this area and take great pride to know much more, than that which is expected. Every transaction is unique and can often require a creative solution to get results. I'm a customer driven Realtor dedicated to achieving results and providing exceptional service. I feel that this is the reason I receive an abundance of referrals from past clients.

As a buyer’s agent, I listen to my client’s goals so I can find the perfect home and NEGOTIATE the best price and terms that fits their needs. As a seller agent, I know that pricing, location and condition are key factors in selling homes for the highest price possible. With this in mind, I create a customized marketing plan specifically for your home.

Please feel free to call, text, or email me with any questions, anytime.  

CERTIFICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

REALTOR® Certification

CDPE Certified Distressed Property Expert

SFR Short Sale And Foreclosure Resource Certification

GreenRE Certified

Member National Association of Realtors

Member Northern Nevada Regional MLS

Consistently in the Top 10% of Producing Realtors in Northern Nevada