It’s not uncommon for at least one of your windows to need a replacement in your home’s lifetime. Whether it be from weather damage or age, you may ask yourself, “Should I replace all of my windows at once?” This is a commonly asked question for anyone wanting to increase or maintain their home’s value and avoid possible headaches down the road.
Consider a few things before replacing one or a few windows in your home. In this blog post, we’ll discuss:
- How windows affect home value
- Why it’s cost-effective to replace all your windows at once
- How windows affect energy costs
- How to increase your home’s curb appeal
Keep reading to understand better why replacing all your windows at once is almost always the best choice.
Increased Home Value
Anyone planning to sell their home wants to increase the appeal of their home while also increasing its value. When the right upgrades are made to a home before it hits the market, you’re more likely to see a good return on your investment. Regardless of your home’s age, replacing all of your windows at once will keep your home’s internal and external aesthetic consistent and allow you to choose a different style or type of window for your entire home.
It’s not uncommon for homes to have increased natural light after a complete window replacement. While the inside of your home sparkles like new, you’ll also benefit from reduced energy costs. These details and features can catch the eye of potential buyers who might not have been interested otherwise.
Replacement Costs Will Be Cheaper
We’ve all heard that it’s cheaper to buy in bulk, and windows are no exception. It’s helpful to think about the complete picture of your home instead of the few windows needing replacement. While the short-term cost will be higher with a complete window replacement, you’ll spend more in the long run if you replace just a few windows at a time.
Your windows will cost less per unit when you buy in bulk, but your savings won’t stop there. Labor, transportation, and other materials required for the job will cost less overall when you pay for it all at once. It’s worth mentioning that some window companies may give you an additional discount when you hire them for a larger job. Replacing your windows slowly over time also means you may risk paying more one year versus another if prices rise in response to inflation, supply chain issues, or other factors outside of your control.
The financial savings of a complete window replacement are significant on their own, but it’s worth mentioning the emotional cost of having a large project done to your home. Even someone who hires the most professional and time-efficient contractors will experience some level of disruption in their daily life while their home undergoes work of this magnitude. Furniture and other items will need to be covered or removed, and you may experience interruptions from added noise and movement throughout your home as kids or animals will have to be directed, and more.
When the work is completed on your whole home at once, these inconveniences will last for about a week before your routine and home return to normal. Because all of your windows were replaced at once, you won’t have to repeat the process one or two more times to finish the job.
You’ll Save on Energy Costs
Older windows are less energy efficient, especially during warmer months of the year. Newer technology means that windows today can allow light into your home without your energy bill taking a big hit. Changing your windows all at once makes sure that all of your windows have the same energy efficiency, which also keeps the temperature in your home more consistent. The costs you’ll save on your energy bill each month means you’ll benefit financially from your decision to replace all of your windows simultaneously for years to come.
You’ll Have Improved Curb Appeal
Replacing all your windows simultaneously is the perfect opportunity to update outdated windows and give your home a more modern look. When choosing new windows, you’ll have the option to decide what colors, styles, and materials you want all at once.
Depending on where you buy your windows, you may have the option to sit down with someone and come up with styles and designs that fit your vision. Opportunities to give your home this kind of facelift don’t come often, and taking advantage of a chance to contemporize your home can pay off well later.
It’s also worth considering the additional risks you may face when you don’t replace all of your windows at the same time. Doing this kind of work in phases means the limited supply or discontinuation of certain styles and materials may affect you in-between each phase.
There’s a chance these disruptions may be temporary, but it’s worth noting that certain styles of windows can permanently be removed from the market for various reasons. When that happens, you’re forced to complete the job with a different set of windows that may or may not be similar in style and appearance. These differences can also translate to variations in light amount and temperature throughout your home, depending on the conditions of your windows. This internal and external inconsistency is likely noticeable to potential buyers and may even be why your home doesn’t sell.
At the end of the day, replacing all your home’s windows at the same time is almost always the smartest decision you can make. Because windows are such an obvious part of your home and they impact the amount of light you get and even the temperature, it’s important to make sure you can keep them consistent. If you still have questions or you’re looking to start your window replacement, use the form below to get your free quote!