As 2017 rolls to an end, homeowners are getting ready for 2018 and all of the projects the coming year will bring. For a lot of people, that means looking at a wish list of projects and deciding which ones are a priority. Which renovations or home improvement investments represent the best bet for you this year?
Windows are always a compelling choice, especially if your windows are old and decrepit — or if you purchased a home and have been living there for years, but have never really like the windows.
1. They improve curb appeal
New windows look great from the curb. As such, they’re going to make your home look more attractive to passersby, and will elevate your home’s profile in the neighborhood. If you’re thinking about selling your home, new windows are a good investment for 2018 because they provide so many different benefits. Curb appeal is one of the main reasons to consider new windows this coming year.
2. They look great from inside too
People often talk about how great new windows look from the outside, but let’s not forget how much they can change the experience of being inside the home as well. Many people report a dramatically different feeling after new windows have been installed. The views outside seem to be transformed and improved, and the new windows provide a welcome and much-needed aesthetic boost to the rest of the interior.
3. They help you save money on heating and cooling
Old, decrepit and poorly sealed windows are one of the main causes of heating and cooling inefficiencies. And if you live in a place like New Jersey, heating and cooling are both necessary through the year. With sweltering summers and cold winters, you need to make sure your HVAC systems are working efficiently. New windows can bring you real gains in terms of heating and cooling efficiency.
4. They help market value and appeal
New windows are a big selling point for homes — bigger than most people think, in fact. In some cases, installing new windows can drive up your resale value. But even if that’s not the case, it will help cast your home in better light. New windows are an attractive detail that makes prospective buyers stand up and pay attention. It’s one less investment for them to worry about, especially if the windows were carefully chosen and professionally installed.
Finding the right professional
If you decide to invest in windows, one of the most important decisions you’re going to face is which contractor to hire for the job. If you find a good one, your project should go smoothly, on time, and should leave you with a fantastic value. If you find a subpar contractor, things could go south in a hurry — or you might notice problems later. Look for a reputable window installation specialist who can also give you sound advice on which windows to buy, and you’ll be on your way to the many great benefits new windows have to offer.