The price tag on new windows is a point worth considering. When you’re evaluating a purchase of this magnitude, sometimes it can be hard to think of anything else. What you intended to be a thorough examination of facts and options devolves into a simple question of whether or not the deal you were offered fits the price point you were looking for.
If the dollars make sense it’s a yes. If the money makes you uncomfortable it’s a no.
This may not be the most rational approach, but despite our best attempts, we’re not always rational decision makers. The goal is to recognize when our emotions are getting the better of us and let the unvarnished facts rule the day.
Don’t let fear, anxiety, and an attachment to the status quo be the determining factors. Instead, arm yourself with research, set a budget, and if the right deal presents itself say yes.
If you’re having a hard time getting your mind past the price tag of new windows, you should consider the cost of not replacing your windows.
Replacing Windows Lower BillsFirst and foremost, replacing your windows is not a money pit. Upon installation they’ll start working towards earning some of that money back for you. It’s not going to cut your energy bills in half or pay for the cost of their purchase in twelve months, but it can make a substantial difference on your monthly bills.
Increase Curb AppealYour lower bills every month provide quantifiable financial savings. Savings will also come in areas that are less easy to quantify as well such as curb appeal.
New windows improve the look of your home. This will have a positive impact on the listing price of your home and provides another way to receive a return on investing in new windows when you sell your home. You will also enjoy the benefit of the improved look of your home from the curb and from inside.
Increase Resell Value and Ease of Making the SaleIn addition to the increased curb appeal you experience as a result of replacing your windows, there is also another element to consider—resell value and the ease of making a sale.
When it comes to selling your home, a buyer's agent taking their clients through your home isn't just going to pay close attention to the smells, materials and condition of your home—they're going to meticulously examine your doors and windows.
Outdated windows are going to be a point of contention. A potential buyer may ask for compensation, or if they're bad enough, might pass on your home depending on the quality of your windows.
By equipping your home with new windows, you'll increase the resell value of your home and make it an easier sell for those touring and considering buying.
Better InsulationOne reason to replace your windows is because they have either lost or have inefficient insulation properties. Newer windows have a lot to offer in the way of better insulation. Keeping your house cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter doesn’t just affect your energy bill, it also creates a more enjoyable home environment. Just because some benefits aren’t accompanied by a corresponding dollar value, doesn’t make that benefit any less tangible, nor does it mean it wouldn’t cost you something to do without it.
No one can tell you which route is more costly to you over the long run.
There is no doubt that buying a new set of windows is a sizable investment, but there is a lot more to consider than just the price tag.
Before you make your final decision, think about what not buying new windows would cost you in better performance, comfort, and aesthetic appeal.
Weigh your expectations against the best offer a reputable window company can give you.If that offer lands inside the range you’ve budgeted, you might realize that it could cost you more to not replace your windows.