When it comes to our homes, most homeowners want each room to feel comfortable, stylish and safe. When we put money into renovations, it’s usually because a space is outdated, broken, or we’re ready to move. Some homeowners have no intentions to sell in the coming months or years, but they do renovate with the expectation that their investment will pay off eventually. Unfortunately, a lot of the improvements we choose to make won’t make a huge different at the end of the day.
It is important to keep in mind when you’re doing renovations, that external upgrades such as pools and landscaping are well-known for only recovering a small amount of the money you put into them. Similarly, internal accessories such as rugs, paint and décor also won’t do much for your bottom dollar in terms of permanent value.
The best kinds of renovations are those which maintain their value over a long period of time, and which promise you a solid return should you ever choose to sell. If you need some ideas for beneficial home updates, there is no better suggestion than new windows and doors.
Adding Value with Windows and Doors
For those homeowners who are thinking about selling, but who are also considering potential improvements for their home, new windows and doors are an ideal investment. In a challenging market, it won’t be the paint or décor that intrigues buyers the most—it will be the long-lasting value that is found in quality installations such as windows and doors. Between the cost of the new installations and the quality they will add to the home, this kind of investment is almost always a win.
Homeowners who are trying to decide between different renovations should note that bathroom and kitchen renovations tend to be much more expensive, and they are much more invasive than window and door updates. While they will add several percentage points to the home’s value, a bathroom will only be able to recover approximately 50% of the cost to update it.
When it comes to kitchens, people have very specific tastes when it comes to design and layout. Some buyers may like what you’ve done, but others would prefer to work with an old kitchen and perform the updated themselves later on.
In comparison, new windows and doors are fairly inexpensive to install, and they offer an improved look both to the inside out of the house, as well as to the outside. Homeowners who aren’t sure what kind of windows to consider should know that potential buyers value energy-efficient options, especially in older homes that are more difficult to heat. Although investing in top-of-the-line models make it hard to get all of your investment back, quality windows such as vinyl options can return as much as 100% of their cost.
When it comes to curb appeal, your front door is one of the first things that potential buyers will see. Front door’s often say a lot about what one can expect within the home, and it also speaks to the homeowner’s personal style. Investing in a new door is ideal for adding an attractive aesthetic to the front of the house, and it can help improve energy efficiency and security. If you’re not sure what kind of door to invest in, a storm door is ideal for adding insulation during the winter and ventilation during the summer.
Real estate agents always take the time to go through the home with the seller to make suggestions. Of all the trends that have been popular, the suggestion to update windows and doors is a constant. Not only do they increase efficiency, they also increase security, attractiveness and value.
Whether you plan to sell today or in ten years, installing new windows and doors is always beneficial and in-style.
If you’re searching for more advice concerning new windows and doors, be sure to give us a call today! We’re happy to answer your questions and help you make the best choice when it comes to your window and door renovations.