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.
How it Works: Preparing for the Replacement Window Upgrade
When you trade in your old clunker for a newer, faster, more modern car, you get cash (or discounts) from the auto dealer to apply to your purchase. You can use these funds to reduce the cost of your new ride. Many car buyers start their journey online, gathering information about which dealers offer the highest trade-in packages and which ones have a reputation for working with consumers to get the most benefit from their trade.
Even though you can’t actually trade-in your existing home windows when you upgrade your home, you should take advantage of online resources to become an informed consumer before you get final price. Most dealers offer financing specials and package discounts, but you won’t know about them unless you ask. Checkout review sites like Angie’s List and HomeAdviser.com to see what other buyers have to say about working with replacement window dealers and average prices for the styles you prefer.
Don’t just check out review sites. Take the time to talk to dealers and ask questions about how different window styles, glass options and accessories affect overall performance and energy efficiency. Be sure to discuss warranty coverage. Listen closely for signs that a dealer is stretching the truth. For example, any dealer that tells you new replacement windows will pay for themselves in the first year or so, isn’t being honest with you. According to the National Association of Realtors’ 2016 Cost vs Value study, homeowners on average can expect approximately 73% return on their replacement window investment when they resell a home after a window update. So, be a prepared shopper if you want to get the best deal and the best products.
Be Upfront About Your Window Expectations
Before you head out to talk to dealers in the area, or call Renewal by Andersen of Long Island to schedule an in-home consultation to discuss replacement window solutions for your home, take some time to think about why you want to upgrade your existing windows. You want to be able to convey your expectation to replacement dealers clearly.
Make a list of the things you like about your current windows and things you definitely want to change. You may like the current window styles in your home, or you may want to replace a few operable windows with fixed windows, or vice versa. Maybe the colors and shapes are boring and you’d like to add a unique focal point to draw attention to your entrance. Some homeowners are all about improving energy-efficiency while others are looking for eye-popping curb appeal that impresses their friends and neighbors. If you know what you expect from your new replacement windows and patio doors, you’re in a better position to select the right windows for you, and you’ll probably be happier with the final product after installation.
Finding Hidden Window Advantages Like a Pro
It doesn’t matter if you are considering upgrading to sliding replacement windows because you prefer the effortless operation or because you want a low profile to expand your viewing area, you want to make sure to look for ways to make your home more comfortable and potentially improve its resale value. In the same way that you would check with your insurance carrier to find out how a new car will impact your premiums, chatting with your real estate agent can help you make better buying decisions about home upgrades.
Some auto insurance companies offer deep discounts for safety features. GEICO offers discounts up to 40 percent for full front-seat air bags and up to 25 percent off premiums for a “built-in anti-theft system.” Homeowners who upgrade their homes with improvements that add security and safety features can also find discounts. If you want to take advantage of lower insurance premiums by installing a home security system, talk to your homeowners’ insurance agent, and remember to ask your replacement window consultant for tips on choosing a system that won’t negatively affect your window warranty.
There are dozens of discount programs out there. Did you know that non-smokers are considered a “lower risk” for fire hazards in the home and often pay lower premiums than smokers?
Trade-In Your Existing Home Windows for High-Performance Renewal by Andersen of Long Island Replacement Windows
As you can see, the art of trading-in your existing home windows is all about being well-informed. Our custom-built replacement windows will help you improve the appearance of your home, while giving you an energy-efficient environment that is comfortable and less expensive to maintain. We’d love to help you update your home. The first step is to fill in the short form on this page to request a brochure or give us a call at 1-877-313-9052 to schedule an in-home consultation.
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