replacing windows before selling a house

To find an answer to our question, “Is it worth replacing windows before selling a house?” we consulted with real estate industry experts. We’ll tell you when it’s worth replacing windows and what could happen if you sell without completing this project.

Is It Worth Replacing Windows Before Selling a House?

A survey completed by the National Association of Home Builders showed that energy-efficient windows are ranked “desirable” by 90% of home buyers. This means a window replacement project might be a good idea, but only if you purchase a more energy-friendly window.

In addition, this home remodeling study shows a 67.5% return on investment in buying new vinyl windows. This extensive study was completed in 150 U.S. markets. Please note that no home improvement projects carry a 100% return on investment. In fact, vinyl replacement windows have the fifth highest return on investment out of all other home improvement projects – according to the report. 

While these numbers don’t lie, how do you know if you need to replace your specific windows before listing your home for sale? Here’s how to tell if completing a window upgrade project is worthwhile.

How Can You Tell That It’s Time to Replace Your Windows?

Older windows might deter buyers looking for a move-in-ready home. Here’s how to tell if your older windows are still performing well – or if it’s time to replace them.

Consider the age of the windows.

Don’t assume that if your windows are 15 years old, they are terribly outdated and must be replaced. High-quality windows that were installed by a professional can last for decades. 

However, it’s worth noting that there have been many advancements in the window industry over the last decade. Even if you bought the best windows available 20 years ago, they may not be as good as medium-grade ones today.

Replace inoperable windows. 

Your buyer’s home inspector will notice if any windows don’t operate as they should. At a minimum, you must replace windows with broken glass, latches, springs, or locks. Broken windows are not only an eyesore but also not as secure. 

Replace drafty windows. 

Test each window in your home for drafts. You can do this in various ways, including holding up a strip of toilet paper near the window on a breezy day to see if it moves. Whether the drafts are caused by faulty windows, poor installation, or a settling home doesn’t matter. Homes with drafty windows are not as energy efficient, and drafty and inefficient windows cause stress on your home’s heating and cooling systems.

Buy newer windows if your home gets direct sunlight. 

Older windows don’t block UV rays as well as newer windows, which means they let heat through more easily. If bright sunlight increases the internal temperature of your home, consider purchasing more up-to-date windows.

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What Happens If You Put Your Home on the Market Without Fixing Your Window Problem?

Of course, a home with outdated windows could still sell. However, the buyer might try to negotiate a lower price to cover the cost of a window replacement project. Of course, the buyer will use the cost of premium windows to negotiate the window credit. 

While you may be tempted to give the buyer the money you would spend on window upgrades, you will likely spend less if you complete the project yourself. 

If the buyer demands new windows or window repairs, you will be forced to complete the window replacement project quickly or risk extending the time before your closing date. 

Don’t Wait to Buy New Energy-Efficient Windows

If you know you will sell your home in just a few years, complete home improvement projects today. That way, you’ll have time to enjoy your new windows and improved curb appeal. 

Are you ready to increase the energy efficiency of your home? Contact Woodbridge Home Solutions. We offer high-quality vinyl replacement windows in Dallas, Lubbock, Waco, and throughout Texas, Oklahoma, and Kansas. 

Do you want to make a dramatic difference in the look of your home? Add more interior room space by installing bay or bow windows! Ask your real estate agent how much value this project would add to your home.

Window Replacements and Home Sales: Is It Worth It?

  • Most surveys show that new windows add to the value of a home.
  • At a minimum, replace broken or inoperable windows before selling. 
  • Consider replacing drafty windows and old windows without UV protection.
  • Your new windows will increase your home value, but why wait to complete the project until you sell your home?