In today’s economy, many homeowners are looking for ways to save money. It doesn’t matter whether you live in Berkeley, San Francisco, or any other city or town in the region, saving money means that you will have more for other purchases. When it comes to replacement windows, there are a number ways that you can save money and not all of them are going to be an ideal situation.
You can also save some quick money by foregoing a number of options that could actually pay for themselves over time. For example, energy efficiency is a major consideration that homeowners in Berkeley make with regard to their replacement windows. Homeowners that take the time to look at all different types of windows end up discovering that you can actually save money every month on your heating and cooling expenses if you make a more significant investment in energy efficient windows right now.
Below are three ways that replacement windows can actually save you money over time for your Berkeley home.
1. Utility Bills.
As we just mentioned, your heating and cooling expenses will be directly impacted by the quality of windows and insulation that you have in your home. If you have poor insulation, low quality windows, and other issues, then you could be spending a lot more money every single month just to heat your home in the winter and cool it during summer.
Investing in energy efficient windows and even replacement doors can go a long way toward saving money every single month on your utility bills. The average savings for a Berkeley homeowner when they purchase brand new replacement windows could be anywhere between $20 a month, $50 a month, and even more. It all depends on a number of factors, including the optimal temperature that you set your thermostat at during the winter and summer months.
Let’s consider a $20 a month savings. This would be an average over the course of the year. That would equal $240 per year in utility bill savings. Now, when you consider that replacement windows will last between 15 to 20 years, on average, it is easy to see how much you can save over time. In just the first 10 years, your brand new replacement windows that are energy efficient can save you $2,400 over that period of time.
2. Increased Value of Your Home.
Maybe you aren’t thinking about selling your home in the near future, but that may be a consideration you are thinking about. If you are planning a selling your home in the next couple of years, purchasing replacement windows can actually save you a lot of money in the process.
Even though you are going to be moving out, it doesn’t pay for you to purchase cheap quality windows. The quality of the windows that you have in your home will directly impact the overall sale price. Not only will your house be worth more with better windows, it will also be more appealing to potential homebuyers.
When you have more homebuyers interested in purchasing your home, you will not only get more offers, but the more offers will generally raise the selling price. This can save you thousands of dollars over the course of the sale of your home. If you are planning to sell in one or two years, these replacement windows that you get now could potentially net you $5,000 or more in increased sale price. Of course, the actual sale price of the house will depend on many other factors, but replacement windows are one of the few home improvement projects that can directly impact it in a positive way.
3. Better Curb Appeal.
As we just noted, when you have high quality replacement windows in your home, it is going to simply improve the overall appearance of the house, not only from inside, but also from the outside. That means the curb appeal is going to be significantly improved.
When that happens, you are going to have more people paying attention to your house if you plan on selling in the near future. Even if you aren’t focused on selling your home anytime soon, when you have equity in it, you can take loans out to pay for other improvement projects, which could then increase the value of your house even more.
Increasing the curb appeal and having high quality windows installed can net you that increase in equity. That would come from a new appraisal on your house.
These are just three ways that replacement windows can save you money and even net you more in the long run for your Berkeley home. Contact a window expert to find out even more ways that the right quality replacement windows can benefit you, your home, and your family.