A common question that Oakland homeowners have when they consider replacement windows or doors for their home is how much this is going to cost them. In fact, this is the most common question that people ask when they begin to notice that the condition of their existing windows or doors is beginning to deteriorate.
If you don’t get the highest quality windows or doors for your home, you could be missing out on an opportunity to not only improve the comfort in your home, but also its value.
That’s right, replacement windows and doors can actually help to boost the value of your Oakland home. So let’s determine just how much this may cost you.
How many windows and doors are you planning to replace?
The average cost of a window can be anywhere between $250 to $700. Some windows are going to cost more than that and you can certainly find much cheaper windows. However, cheaper windows are not going to do much for your comfort or value.
The average home consists of 14 windows. You may notice one or two window replacement companies in the area that promote a special deal where you can “replace all of the windows in your home for less than $3,000,” but there is always going to be fine print involved in that deal.
The fine print that you will notice is that there will be a set limit on the number of windows, so it’s not likely going to be your entire home. The other aspect is that most of those windows will probably be double hung windows. Double hung windows are the most common windows that you will find in any home across the United States.
These are windows that slide up to open to allow fresh air in through a screen. The top half can also pulled down if you prefer to have that part of the window open for fresh air.
That special deal that you might see from certain companies will likely consist of double hung windows that are vacuum sealed but not sealed with argon or krypton gas. This will reduce the energy efficiency of those windows and you will end up with some of the cheapest ones on the market.
You may be deciding whether it is best to replace all of the windows in your home or if you should focus on a couple of rooms first. If you have a limited budget, it may be best to focus on sections of your house rather than the entire house.
The larger a window is, the more expensive it will likely cost. For example, a large picture window or bay window will generally cost more than a small double hung window. Take an assessment about how many windows or doors you plan to replace in your Oakland home and then multiply it by an average of what you should expect to pay for each window. Estimate that a large bay window will cost closer to $700 and a medium-sized double hung window will cost closer to $250 and this should give you a rough estimate (a very rough estimate) about how much it may cost for your entire home.
Quality matters most.
When you begin trying to determine how much you might spend on replacement doors or windows, you may realize that this is a significant investment. As a home improvement project, it ranks as one of the most important as far as comfort and adding value to your home.
Purchasing cheap chairs or a cheap television from a low end manufacture may be a good opportunity to get the size screen or type of product that you want for less money, but when you are talking about replacement windows or doors for your home, something that is going to be there for 15 to 20 years, at least, and when you consider how much money you may be able to save on your utility bills every month because of energy efficiency with regard to those windows and doors, you need to understand that quality is important.
Purchasing cheap windows will not only be a missed opportunity, but it will be like throwing good money away. You need to be focused on shopping around for various windows to make sure you that you get the best one for you, your home, and your family.
Ways to work with a limited budget.
Once you have an idea about how much this home improvement project may cost you, you can set a budget. Once you set a budget, you should not go over that budget, even if you end up finding windows that almost seem too good to be true.
Your budget is your blueprint and your starting point.
There are many ways that you can work with in a limited budget. First, as mentioned earlier, you can focus on only replacing certain windows and doors in a set number of rooms. Once these have been paid off and you are comfortable with your finances, you can focus on other rooms in your house.
Explain to the salesperson at the window or door company that you have a very fixed budget and you are not going to go over it, which means that sales tax and other fees, including installation, have to be included in your budget.
Some salespeople will continue to push windows or doors that will stretch beyond your budget and they will make it seem as though the very features of those replacement doors and windows are things that you certainly cannot pass up. As long as you are fixed with your budget, and comfortable with it, you should be able to get good quality windows for your home.