If you found your way to our Renewal by Andersen of Long Island replacement window website, you are probably considering installing new home windows, or you’re wondering if the cost of an upgrade will generate a healthy return on investment. You aren’t on this journey alone.
If you’ve found a great deal in the perfect community on Long Island. If this is your first house, you probably see it as a potential stepping stone to a larger, more modern home and you might be wondering which upgrades add the most resale value down the line. From new appliances to modern Renewal by Andersen replacement windows and patio doors, the choices you make now will have a big impact on how much profit you take away when you hand over the keys to the new owner when it’s time to sell.
While experts say that the number one way renovation that returns more than it costs is painting, there are things you can do now to get more enjoyment from your home, while potentially helping its resale down the road. Here are some value-added home renovation upgrades real estate professionals recommend for people who plan to sell their residence in the next few years that will make it a joy to live in now while bringing better offers once you put your home on the market.
Mid-Range Renovation Returns & Replacement Windows
Some upgrades, like redesigning a home office and giving the master suite a makeover may make your home more comfortable and functional for you, but the colors and built-in’s that make you smile now may be a total turn-off for buyers in the future.
To enhance the value for potential buyers, update the lighting. Replace out-of-date track lighting with halogen options or consider an eye-catching chandelier to boost illumination and visual interest. Remember that scratched glass and damaged window panes reduce the overall light in every room which can be a real turn off for potential buyers. Replacement windows improve the view and bring more natural light indoors, which makes everything look better. Energy-Star certified Renewal by Andersen replacement windows also improve energy-efficiency, which is a major selling point. Who doesn’t want to save money on their heating and air conditioning bills?
Consider Cost Versus Return on High-Value Upgrades
While it adds a big “wow-factor”, adding a sunroom is actually a “low-value” renovation because the huge expense is so far above any return you’ll see at resale. If you want a sunroom for you, that’s fine; just don’t think it’s going to add much re-sale value. Replacing a fixed window with a replacement bay or bow window may be a better option. You’ll get a bit more floor space and the ample light and ventilation buyers love while skipping the inconvenience and mess that comes with a “true” addition. Make sure your landscaping and gardens complement the new window too. An immaculate lawn, well-placed flagstone and a variety of plants in urns or pots definitely helps you make a great first impression, something that directly influences the perceived value from the moment a potential buyer arrives.
Front porches are back in vogue. If you don’t plan to invest in a full porch, consider a portico or some other grand entrance. And don’t forget the backyard. Adding a deck, even a small one, can add value to your property. A deck can be a comfortable spot to relax after a long day at work or a striking entry point for your guests. Whether you install an elegant French-hinged replacement patio door or you opt for a more contemporary sliding door, make sure your surrounding windows complement the installation. And, again, pay special attention to the landscaping. Use pavers or stone to build a path to your entrance and a variety of flowering and green plants to add texture throughout the seasons so your property will look beautiful whether you put the place on the market in spring, summer, fall or winter.
Don’t forget Kitchens & Baths
Updating an old kitchen or bath can improve your day to day life and bring a pretty substantial return on your investment. Just remember that styles change frequently in these often renovated spaces, so thing classic, not trendy. Think, stainless, granite counter tops, high-end fixtures and high-quality floors that really stand out. In the master en suite rainshower fixtures are popular for showers now, while luxurious whirlpool tubs and special lighting features tend to have staying power. As in other rooms, update your kitchen and baths with replacement windows designed specifically for your floor plan, furniture and fixtures. The right window styles make all the difference. Awnings installed high on the wall, with the single lever operation, are easier to open and close than a single- or double-hung window and casement windows work exceptionally well in areas where you have to reach, like over the counter or sink in the kitchen.
Renewal by Andersen of Long Island Replacement Windows & Patio Doors Add the Finishing Touches
If you’re renovating your home with plans to sell in the next few years, you want to make sure your project fits your lifestyle while adding value for future owners. Buyers are looking for high-end flooring, state-of-the-art kitchens and luxurious baths. Decks and landscaping are bonus features that increase the value. To get the most out of your investment, pay attention to the details in every room. Replacement window hardware that complements your overall décor is a subtle element that can tie your decorating scheme together or accentuate your custom-built fixtures. Every room looks better in natural light, so design your replacement windows for high energy-efficiency and opportunities to expand the amount of natural light in your home.
Getting the highest return on investment from your home renovation takes careful planning, especially if you want to enjoy your updated spaces for a few years before you list your property. We can help. Fill in the short form on this page to request a brochure or give us a call at 1-877-313-9052 and ask to speak to a replacement window and patio door specialists about the many ways our home improvement products can help add value for buyers.
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In this week’s Renewal by Andersen of Long Island replacement window article, we’ll tell you how to save money when you order your new windows, and money every month going forward.
According to Energy.gov, the typical American family spends at least $2,200 annually on home energy bills – that’s the portion of your electricity, gas, fuel, etc. used to run your household. Almost half – roughly $1,049.40 – is spent on heating and cooling the home! On Long Island, consumers are looking for ways to lower those monthly expenses – especially since people living in New York pay the next to the highest home heating oil price compared to all US states (second only to the District of Columbia).
Want to get the maximum return on investment when you “trade-in” your existing Long Island home’s windows for replacement windows and patio doors? You could simply check around for the least expensive windows and find a contractor with the lowest rates, but with an investment like this, you usually get what you pay for. Working with a reputable replacement window dealer in the area could save you time and money when you approach the journey like you would buying an investment. Here’s how to improve your curb appeal, and get the most value for your project by working with Renewal by Andersen of Long Island. Continue reading The Art of Trading-Up to Replacement Windows on Long Island
Is your Long Island house looking worn and tired? Feeling cramped? Maybe you’ve been wondering whether it is time to remodel your home or put it on the market and let someone else figure out how to give the place a fresh, new look and feel. If you’ve spent a lot of time and money refurbishing your home and still aren’t happy with the results, it might be time to move on. But, sometimes you just need a little help from a professional.
While Renewal by Andersen of Long Island can help you update your home with modern, high-performance replacement windows and patio doors, we don’t typically provide general guidance for major construction projects. This week though, we would like to give you some ideas that may help you fall in love with your Long Island home again, or at least boost the resale value if you’re definitely ready to put it on the market.
Should I Sell Or Fix Up My Residence?
There are a lot of variables to consider when trying to decide whether to fix a place or sell it. If your home is barely habitable – rotting wood, holes in the walls, major plumbing issues and a roof that leaks like a sieve, slashing the price for a quick sale could be the best approach. Most real estate agents are going to tell you that people looking for a fixer-upper don’t necessarily want a home you have to gut and start over but are looking for simple fixes that may take some sweat equity, but won’t break the bank, so to speak. Some homeowners won’t even consider a place that needs a new roof, or one that has windows that don’t operate properly.
Upgrading With Replacement Windows
If one of your biggest complaints about your home is the old windows that stick and hang, or worse, leak so bad you have painted them shut, upgrading with modern, beautiful replacement windows can quickly eliminate the frustration and brighten up your indoor spaces. Replacing windows that have scratched and damaged panes improves visibility and brings in the natural light, while helping you take advantage of energy efficiency technology to help you make your rooms more comfortable. Replacing a series of smaller windows with a large picture window can dramatically improve the street-facing appearance as well as natural indoor lighting. And, since you don’t have to go back with the same style, you might want to install a different style of replacement windows in place of what you have now.
Focus on Kitchens & Baths
An outdated kitchen discourages most potential buyers – and some homeowners admit the kitchen is one of the reasons they fall out of love with their home. You don’t have to go overboard replacing all appliances with top of the line refrigerators and ranges designed for professional chefs. You don’t have to rip out the cabinets and start over either. A fresh coat of paint and some unique drawer pulls and cabinet knobs can make a world of difference in the way a bath or kitchen looks.
If you decide to do a more significant remodel in the kitchen, keep these tips in mind.
Buy everything before you start. This means you pick out your cabinets, paint colors, baseboards, flooring materials, new lighting fixtures, sink, back-splash tiles and faucets before you start tearing anything out.
Consider hiring a professional designer to draw a scale map
Make sure your major kitchen areas form a triangle pattern – stove, sink, refrigerator.
Interview contractors and ask for references. Photos of past projects are a great way to “see” examples of work quality, too.
Plan your upgrade around the style of your home. If you decide to sell, buyers won’t appreciate a Mediterranean style kitchen in a traditional Cape Code or Craftsman style home.
Choosing replacement windows that complement your new kitchen – awnings and casements are both perfect options for areas over counters and sinks – will ensure the final results make your new space functional and beautiful.
The Must Haves Whether You Sell or Stay
Take a walk through your home and make a list of anything that you see that needs repair, or that you wish you could change in your house. Whether you plan to sell, or hope you can fall in love with your home again, there are at least seven things you should do.
Repair any leaking faucets and plumbing issues.
Rip out worn carpets and replace area rugs that are frayed or outdated.
Repaint all walls with a neutral color, but avoid white. Be sure to patch holes or gouges in walls and the ceiling before you resurface.
Repair or replace broken and damaged windows.
Change outdated ceiling fans and light fixtures.
Repair roof leaks, gutters and shutters, if needed.
Update window treatments.
Start With Renewal by Andersen of Long Island Replacement Windows
Whether you ultimately decide to sell your Long Island home or you fall in love with it all over again after your makeover, we are confident updating your home windows with modern, Energy-Star certified replacement windows is a wise decision. Ready for more information? Just fill in the short form on this page or give us a call at 1-877-313-9052 to schedule a home visit with a professional Renewal by Andersen of Long Island window consultant.
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