The value of your home can and likely will affect a number of things in your life. For example, did you know that the more your home is worth, the more likely you are to get financial assistance from lending institutions in home renovation projects? Whether you’re looking at a full on mortgage or you simply need to build a new garage, this can make a big difference. Of course, if ever you decide to sell your slice of paradise, a home with a higher value means being better enabled to do what you want in the next step of your life.
There are many things you can do to increase the value of your home. What you might not realize, though, is that one of the simplest, most cost-effective ways to send your home’s value skyrocketing is by paying special attention to your windows.
How Your Home’s Windows Can Affect Its Value
- Clean Windows Can Boost or Crush Your Curb Appeal
Did you know that one of the big factors in determining your home’s value has nothing to do with new windows, updated plumbing, or modern electrical? According to Moneywise, the only thing it takes to knock as much as 5% off your home’s estimated value is poor curb appeal. Curb appeal, as the name implies, is how pleasing your home looks from the curb. If you never wash the dirt and fingerprints off your windows, for example, you could be killing any chance you have of selling your home at a great price.
- Your Windows Can Make Your Home a Standout Choice
Nobody wants to buy a home that looks like it was pushed out of a cookie cutter, which is why Patch suggests paying attention to both style and function when buying new windows. If it’s time for replacement windows for your home, ask yourself: do the windows lend themselves to a stylish aesthetic that will set your home apart from the rest, thereby elevating its value? If not, you’re doing yourself — and any potential sale in the future — a huge disservice.
- Green Homes Demand Top Dollar
It’s common knowledge that energy efficient windows can have a huge impact on your energy bills, but did you know going green can also boost the value of your home? According to recent statistics from the San Francisco-based governmental group SFEnvironment, homes with modern green features installed sell for 9% more than their non-green counterparts. Why not go green to make more green with energy efficient windows?
Have you learned the hard way the positive and negative effects windows can have on your home’s value? Share your experiences with us in the comments below.