Renewal by Andersen of Long Island has installed replacement windows for more than 14,000 (and counting) homeowners in the area. We’ve seen many dramatic transformations over the decades as homeowners designed new windows that look beautiful and also save them time, money and frustration. While most of our customers on the Island come to us for help updating a personal residence, we offer both commercial and residential services. We help property owners update single-family and apartment homes, offices and even retail or light manufacturing facilities.
One group of customers we occasionally have the pleasure of working with is the “unintentional” landlords. That’s the people who suddenly find themselves with a property they need to rent due to an inheritance, purchase of a new residence without a buyer for the current one, or an immediate job-related transfer. If you’ve recently become an accidental landlord, you might be wondering if replacement windows are a good investment to get the property market-ready.
Whether you are a first time landlord, dipping your toe in the real estate investment pool, or a long-time professional property manager, these tips will help consider whether replacement windows are right for your rental.
#1. Take advantage of the low housing inventory on Long Island
First-time home buyers are feeling the crunch as properties in good condition and reasonably priced are scooped up almost immediately. The same goes for the rental market. Updating your property with energy-efficient replacement windows and patio doors will make the property more appealing to renters as they wait to be able to afford their dream home.
#2. Precision-crafted replacement windows reduce construction costs
When upgrading existing windows, consider replacement windows rather than new construction to save money on extensive construction and installation fees while having windows custom built to replace your current window openings. Our replacement windows are precision-built to within 1/16th of the opening left when we remove existing home windows, making installation quicker and easier for our trained technicians. This means lower labor costs and no messy construction site.
#3. Use wisdom when comparing prices
One of the most expensive mistakes a new landlord makes is buying the cheapest replacement window available for their rental. Cheap windows may look and perform perfectly for the first couple of years, but then problems can start to develop. Sadly, many property owners have told us about having to replace the replacements within five years due to early failure.
#4. Skip the contractor
There are many brands and styles of replacement windows and patio doors on the market. You cannot expect a contractor to have experience installing every brand and every style. When a contractor doesn’t precisely follow manufacturer instructions you may end up with property damage and new windows that don’t perform as designed and voiding the manufacturer’s warranty. A poor installation could cost you more than the original investment. Leave the installation to the experts who only work with one brand.
#5. Avoid future headaches with a superior warranty
A solid warranty is a must. Make sure you work with a company that provides installation and a no-hassles claim service that includes at least two full years coverage on the installation parts and labor. Working with one dealer throughout the design, manufacturing, installation and beyond eliminates uncertainty and frustration associated with finding a qualified contractor that will be around if a problem arises.
Partner with Renewal by Andersen of Long Island to Update Your Rental Property
With limited housing inventory on the market, Long Islanders are looking for well-maintained homes they can rent. Fill in the short form on this page or dial 1-877-313-9052 to schedule an in- home consultation to learn more about Renewal by Andersen of Long Island replacement windows and patio doors that will impress future tenants.
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