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Top Ten Reasons to Replace the Windows in Your Home

Residential windows are replaced for a number of reasons. Some homeowners may do it for the aesthetic value new windows can give. Others may replace their windows to save money on utility bills. However, there are some people who are unsure of the value of replacing windows.

Even if they would like to start a home remodeling project, some homeowners are afraid to invest, for fear that they will not see a good return on their investment. For people who are considering the pros and cons of window replacement, here are ten reasons why replacing your old windows can be an excellent investment:

1. Old windows can give the impression that your house is out of style, and make your house look out of date. Also, old windows can be difficult to open and close. Your windows should be able to open and close easily in order to serve their functions of protection and ventilation. Rooms will feel stuffy without proper ventilation. Also, windows that open easily will be more useful to you and your family members should you ever need to evacuate, in the case of fire or other emergencies.

2. Old windows allow unnecessary drafts to come in from the outside, and are also prone to leaking. Your old windows might not even provide comfort during the summer, when heat will radiate through the glass into the house. New windows will help give you the comfort you need during winter, and the coolness you need during summer. New windows are designed to insulate. They keep heat where it comes from, whether from inside in the winter, or outside during the summer, and keeping you comfortable inside your house.

3. New windows, especially those with screens, will filter dusts out, and will prevent bugs and insects from getting inside. Also, new windows are resistant to condensation, thereby decreasing the chance of mold and mildew growing, both of which are harmful to your health.

4. Everyone is talking about going green, and people are mostly talking about reducing, reusing, and recycling materials. There are also many people who are already aware that using appliances that are not energy-efficient will emit greenhouse gases that are harmful to the environment. Using appliances that are not energy-efficient will also increase the monthly energy bills. However, many homeowners are not aware that old windows can be very energy-inefficient and contribute to increased energy bills. This is because old windows are not good insulators. This can cause your HVAC unit to work harder than it needs to, which will cause an increase in your monthly energy bill. Energy Star-rated windows will help you reduce energy usage and lower your monthly energy bill.

5. As stated above, old windows let energy escape and cause your HVAC unit to work overtime. If your HVAC system is consistently working harder than it is designed to do, this stress will render the unit ineffective over time. New windows will help extend the life of your HVAC unit.

6. New windows come in a variety of elegant designs. These windows will bring in more sunshine and make your home brighter and more cheerful. New windows also improve the curb appeal of your house, adding even more value. This will be beneficial when it comes time to sell your house. You can also easily transfer the window warranty to the new owners.

7. New windows are designed to be low-maintenance, which means you will not have to spend much for paint, which is the most expensive part of window maintenance. It also means that you will not need to spend money on costly repairs. And new windows are very easy to clean. Window manufacturers are designing windows with parts that are easy to remove and reinstall so that they can be thoroughly cleaned.

8. New windows also provide excellent UV protection to prevent fading of things inside your home such as walls, rugs, flooring, window treatments, and furnishings.

9. If you install new windows in your home, you may qualify for a federal tax credit. This could reduce your net cost of purchasing new windows.

10. New windows will give your house added security, with better locks and more durable materials.

These 10 reasons should offer plenty of proof that window replacement can be very valuable. You will definitely realize many benefits from installing new windows and will find out that having them is worth the investment.

Heritage Windows & Doors offers quality replacement windows in Phoenix and throughout Arizona. Call 480-892-2600 today to learn more about improving the energy-efficiency of your home with replacement windows.

Inexpensive Tips To Increase Value Of Your Home

Did you know that you could drastically increase the value of your home without having to invest heavily in having your home remodeled or refitted? Yes, it’s possible! And you won’t even have to spend as much just to make it happen!

If you are selling your home, getting a good value for it could prove troublesome. But before you throw in the towel and sell your home for a price way below your expectations, you could try doing some inexpensive renovations to increase your home’s value up to 20%. That’s not a bad figure, is it?

Here is a brief walkthrough of the steps you can undertake to make your home worth much more that it is today.

The Kitchen: Bigger is Better

The kitchen is one of the critical areas to address in your efforts to increase your home’s worth. Homebuyers are looking for spacious kitchens that are clean, in good repair and have the necessary furnishings for working.

To make the kitchen look more spacious, try installing lights that will make it look brighter. You could also redo the windows to remove clutter and make it spill in more light. This will have the effect of making the kitchen look bigger. Make sure the floorings and the table tops are in good repair. If it is not beyond your budget you could even replace the current flooring with stone or tile, which is a lot better than linoleum that cracks and tears.

Keep the kitchen in good repair. It doesn’t cost much to have scratches and bumps fixed. If you have busted fixtures or electrical outlets, have them repaired with good materials.

A paint job will do wonders not just for your kitchen but for the whole home. So consider adding a good layer of paint on your home.

The Yard

Simple gardening would do much to make your home more appealing. Keeping the yard in order, and tending to the garden would result more in a yard that would most likely attract buyers.

To stress the significance of a good yard, mature trees will typically add about $1000 to the value of your home. So imagine the impact of a well-tended garden to the value of your home!

The Living Room

Like the kitchen, living rooms must give the impression of space. Some people do so by installing mirrors. However, this technique is also suited to the bedroom. The little repairs – like light bulbs and electrical outlets.

Make sure the living room is airy, a coating of light colored paint, installation of good lamps, and a general cleanliness of the living room will contribute much to this effect.

Bedroom

Like the other rooms, the bedroom has to be particularly spacious, airy and bright. Mirrors are particularly effective at accomplishing this effect. Most five-star hotels have to project an impression of space, and they employ this technique to its full effect.

Make sure the rooms have a sufficient number of electrical outlets. The flexibility this offers will add much to the value of your home.

If you plan to install new surfaces, you might also want to consider using natural materials such as stone, marble, quality wood, and others. Studies have shown that many people react favorably to these materials. They also add a feeling of cleanliness to the rooms.
Make the cabinets and closets as large as possible without making the rooms they are in look cramped, you may have to employ a few illusionary tricks here but the results are astounding.

Bathrooms

Use fluorescent lighting instead of incandescent lighting to provide your bathrooms with a light feel. Installing inexpensive amenities to your bathroom like towel holders, racks, shower curtains, shower fixtures and other will enhance the appearance and appeal of your home.

You can mix, match and experiment with the tips given here. The principle of the whole is that you should make your home look spacious, airy, and light. You should also make sure your home looks different from the other homes in your neighborhood. If you can one up their amenities, then well and good! There are other tricks and illusions you could employ to achieve this – tricks that do not have to be expensive at all! So go ahead give your home a good look and start increasing its value today!

Selling-Why Realtors Are Advising Their Client’s On Their Home’s Clutter

As the previous seller’s real estate market swings to a buyer’s market, sellers (including their listing agents or realtors) are looking for creative ways they can distinguish their home for sale from other similar listings in their neighborhood. Among the list of marketing tools at their disposal, many realtors are turning to “staging”, a process where a home is de-cluttered, redesigned and in some cases remodeled in order to prepare it for sale.

Although many realtors are realizing the benefits of staging, it still can be a delicate subject to bring up with the prospective seller most often because the home seller is still emotionally involved with his or her home and is resistant to suggested changes. The best way to make staging acceptable is to get homeowners to separate their emotions from the sales process, to convert the image of their home to an image of their home which uniquely reflects their tastes and style to seeing their house as a commodity that they need to sell. Once over this stumbling block, a seller will be able to see the possibilities suggested changes will bring and the improvement to the overall bottom line–his or her pocket.

Staging is about making a house look great, but it’s important not to confuse it with interior design. So what is the difference between staging and interior design? Both involve furniture placement, adding color, and carefully placing just the right accessories, but that’s where the similarities end. The goal of interior design is to create an environment that perfectly reflects the style and tastes of the home’s owner through color, furniture styles, and accessories; the focus of staging is to make the house more marketable by creating the most appealing home to the greatest number of prospective buyers. Instead of reflecting a unique style tailored to the homeowner’s tastes, a staged home must look well designed, but impersonal enough to not conflict with a buyer’s own sense of style and at the same time appeal to the tastes of a wider audience of potential buyers. That’s why you are more likely to see a home’s interior painted in a neutral color rather than shocking violet.

Home stylists, as stagers are sometimes called, compare the process to the design of a model home. Their objective is to furnish and accessorize the home in order to call attention to the home’s best features–the features that will most attract the interest of a potential buyer. At the same time, they avoid any decor that’s too unique–such as a bright painting or furniture with highly ornate patterns. Sellers whose homes are vacant may have more difficulties as it is often difficult to sell a vacant home because buyers have trouble visualizing what they’ll look like furnished. This is another area where stager’s services may be needed and will help the home sell quicker. An online article on staging in Business Week, ran a whole series of before and after photographs of homes that had been staged and their final sale prices. From the pictures provided, it was clearly apparent the difference staging made in the homes desirability and marketability. In most cases, the homes featured sold for amounts higher than the originally listed price.

As most realtors working with stagers have experienced, they have found that stagers are much more successful when they have a real estate background than one in design. Staging professionals with this kind of background usually understand the stress the seller may be experiencing, have the tact to suggest changes and know the ultimate objective that is desired–that the listed home sell quickly and at the highest possible price. One staging professional Barb Schwarz, a Concord, California realtor and former interior designer advised, “A designer may understand design, but stagers who understand sellers and the needs of the market can act a lot quicker and cater to those needs.”

As the staging industry grows and the working relationship between stagers and realtors becomes much more integrated and widely accepted, staging will become another marketing tool that most realtors will offer their sellers.