When you decide to sell your home, you begin thinking about all the elements of your house that you’ve never really thought about before. Is the kitchen painted the right color? Does the landscaping need to be done differently? Is our decorating style a turn-off for a potential buyer?
One of the things you should be thinking about is your windows. They let light into your home, insulate it from the heat or cold and even provide safety to you and your family. All that to say, they’re pretty important.
As you think about selling your home, first consider the state of the windows themselves. If you live in an older home, you may have equally old windows. Old windows don’t insulate as well as modern windows and, depending on how old they are or how often they are used, they can sometimes be difficult to open as well. If you have old windows, evaluate whether or not a buyer will view those windows as a drawback, whether for safety, efficiency or functionality reasons. If so, you may want to consider upgrading your windows. In fact, putting new windows in a home is one of the best investments you can make in regards to the return you will see for your money!
If your windows are new, or at least not a drawback, look at their cleanliness. While many homeowners are pretty good about cleaning the inside of their windows, most are not as diligent about cleaning the outside of the windows. As you put your home on the market, clean the outside glass as well. Lastly, and almost most importantly, clean out the tracks on the inside of the window. The tracks your windows run on, whether verticle or horizontal, can be magnets for dust and grime. And, even though it seems like a small thing, dirty window tracks can make potential buyers concerned that your home isn’t as well taken care of as it actually is.
Lastly, focus on how much light your windows are letting in. It’s no secret that home buyers like homes with lots of natural light. While you can’t do anything with the sun or the location of the windows to impact the light they let in, you can make sure that your windows are not being unnecessarily blocked by shades, curtains or furniture. If possible, rearrange furniture or open up curtains or blinds to let as much light in as possible.
Selling a home can be an overwhelming experience and there’s so much to update and focus on. Hopefully this list helps you identify how to take care of your windows when you put your home on the market!