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When Should You Replace Your Windows?

They say that the eyes are the windows to the soul; well, windows are like the eyes of your home.

Windows say a lot about your home and if they're rotting and falling a part, chances are, they aren't saying a lot of good things about your home.

Here are a few tips on how to tell when its time to replace those windows.

 
If all you need is weatherstripping or new hardware, chances are you can get away with repairing them instead. If the issues are much worse than that, such as a broken frame, or the window is warped, it's probably time to replace them. If your windows fog up, let in a draft, stick when trying to open or close them or even refuse to stay open, they are telling you, it's time to get new windows!
 
Drafty windows can increase your energy bills cost by about 10-25% higher than normal. When replacing your windows, spending a little extra on energy-efficient windows can reduce the cost of heating and cooling. 
 
Windows are a very noticeable feature on your home, so if they look worn, chances are your home will too. Even if you are giving your home a makeover, look into changing the windows from fixed sash windows to windows that open, this will increase airflow throughout your home. 
 
Living in hurricane prone areas like Florida or Louisiana, can severely impact the shape your windows and your home is in; the wind, humidity, and salty air, can breakdown the exterior of your home rather quickly. According to Kris Hanson the Senior Group Manager in Product Management at Marvin Windows and Doors, Ultrex Fibergalss windows "resist corrosion and remain stable in extreme temperatures because of a material that expands at the same rate as glass." Hanson recommends these windows to anyone interested in very low maintenance windows, even if you don't live in a coastal region

Factors in Buying that Future Home

There are many factors and variables when it comes to buying that perfect home for you. Sustainability, affordability, the status of the housing market are just several factors in determining when you make an offer to the seller, and sign on that scary dotted line of permanency.   Let’s discuss the factors into buying a home, so that when you’re ready, you will have the best knowledge of knowing if it’s really the right time for you, and your family. 


Being Cautious is Key! 

Different states across the country fluctuate in housing. You can buy a medium-sized house in New Jersey for a steep price, but that same price can buy you a massive, 4-bedroom house elsewhere in the country. Know your limits, and know the risks of where you’re living. The median household income for the average family is $60,000, however most families today have an abundance of bills that come along affecting their net worth. Make sure you’re financially secure to have a down-payment, and monthly mortgage payment. It’s always best to have a safety net financially in case a scenario happens were you need that extra money to stay afloat. 

An important tip is location. Make sure you know if your neighborhood is safe. Accommodation with supermarkets, police and fire departments, a great education system, and hospitals are huge factors in determining the right house. Also, if your home is next to other safe neighborhoods, and crime is low in these surrounding areas, then this is also a contributing factor to making your decision on that home. 

Before you finalize the deal of owning a home, please make sure you have it inspected. Many sellers try to wiggle around the idea that their home needs a new roof, or furnace. In case they never tell you, and you finalize the deal, you may be stuck with a costly bill. Make sure the house is completely approved to specification. Have the inspection look at wiring, pipes, and gas to avoid any catastrophic scenarios. 


These Are A Few Ways In Determining The Right Home! 

 

How to Prepare Your House for Sale

Note: This guest post was not written by a Movers.com employee; therefore the views and expressions of the author do not necessarily reflect those of Movers.com.
 
The real estate market is big, and home buyers have the opportunity to be picky. However, this is not a great advantage for sellers, because they will want their homes to be sold quickly. There can be a number of reasons why people may want to sell their house, but all of them probably have one thing in common – selling the house as soon as possible. In order to achieve this and sell your home for a good price, you will have to know how to make it presentable for potential buyer visits.
 

Clean the outside

If the outside of your home is neglected and sloppy, the buyers will think that the interior is equally bad. Clean the gutters, pressure-wash the exterior walls, and pay attention to the curb appeal. Curb appeal and landscaping are an essential part of your house exterior, so make sure everything is well-maintained. Weed the garden, plant some new flowers, mow the lawn and prune the bushes. A good first impression is key for striking a good deal. 
 

Depersonalize and declutter

A spotlessly clean house will be easier to sell and this includes removing any personal items. Pack all of your family photographs, heirlooms and your favorite items. Also, if you’ve personalized some rooms according to your preferences, make sure to make them neutral. As you are depersonalizing, you should declutter the house at the same time. Throw out everything that is unnecessary or unused from the house. Clean each room carefully, polish the floors, dust the shelves, and make sure everything is impeccably clean. You can also remove all the books, clothes, ornaments, and paintings from the walls. This way, it will be easier for a potential buyer to picture their own things once your stuff is out of the way.
 

Make minor repairs

You don’t have to do some expensive and big renovation projects in order to increase the value of your home and make it sellable. There are various minor repairs that can easily contribute to a quick sale and increase the functionality of the house. Any cracked tiles or floor boards should be replaced. Also, if there are any holes in the walls, make sure to patch them up. You can also consider repainting the walls into a neutral color. Then, move on to the bathroom and kitchen and fix any leaky faucets. Replace any burned-out light bulbs and fix any lighting that has been broken. Lastly, check if all the doors can open and close properly and make sure to upgrade worn-out doors. Also, you should check all the exterior doors, and you can even replace your front door with the one that makes a statement. 
 

Advertise your home

In order to catch the eye of a potential buyer, you will have to properly advertise your home. You can do this through a real estate agent, but the photos are the ones that will help you the most. Since most buyers will start their search online, you should make sure to have some good photos of the front of your house. Spruce up your house front and snap a few photos of your yard and the house exterior. Then, you can move on to the back yard if you have it, and make sure it is nicely decorated for the photo session. The next thing on the list is the interior. After everything has been decluttered and cleaned, you can take a few photos of each room. However, make sure to capture and emphasize the good features of each room in order to make the photos more inviting. Lastly, you can put up the images online or in the local newspaper, and wait for the potential buyers to come in.
 

Open house day

Another great way to advertise your home is by having an open house. However, this will only work if your house is located in a busy area. Place the signs in the front yard, advertise the event online or in newspapers, and wait for the guests to arrive and start looking at your home. You can even invite your neighbors; they will probably stop by anyway.
 
Selling a house can be tough, especially when done on a short notice. The market is big, and there is plenty of competition... which is exactly why you should make your home more attractive and inviting. Even with these simple things, you shouldn't spend a fortune in order to prepare your house for a quick sale.
 
Emma B. Joyce is a blogger based in Australia. She is a true home decor and DIY fanatic. Emma is interested in music and is a big reading enthusiast. Finding new designs and patterns is her daily task. She got hooked on home accessories and decorations during her traveling and now cannot stop searching for new inspiration. You can follow Emma on Twitter.

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