New Window Or Old Window That Is The Question

Window poem"To be, or not to be, that is the question..."  I was reminded of this line, from William Shakespear's play HAMLET, when discussing with a customer about replacing their older windows.  So new windows or leave the old ones in?  

Typically sellers do not want to replace windows until they have to do so.  Even with the invention of slip in vinyl window inserts making the job an easier and less expensive one, why fix what is not broken?    

Buyers on the other hand value new windows as being more energy efficient and looking more fresh than that old painted shut, caulking missing in spots, and oh is that a crack?

So, new windows or leave the old?  How much do you want to sell your house for?  New energy efficient windows look better, reduce energy costs by up to 40%, and can get you a higher price in a faster time when selling your property. 

A good benchmark for figuring out whether or not it would be valuable for your sale to replace windows check out this link to home remodeling costs vs the value: http://www.remodeling.hw.net/benchmarks/cost-vs-value/the-2015-cost-vs-value-report_o

If you still have questions, and are thinking about selling your house, have a REALTOR come and give you a market analysis.  It is standard for a good agent to share some ideas about how to best present your house for sale.  The agent should be able to let you know if your windows should be replaced or not.  

Looking for a good agent?  Be sure to check out My Place Realty, INC.  We have full time professionals in MN and WI ready and able to help you with your real estate needs.

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