Replacement windows for your home can improve its overall appearance, and help to better insulate the home as well. For these reasons, real estate agents will sometimes suggest that homeowners replace windows, at least on the front of the house, before putting the home on the market; this makes the home a more attractive purchase for potential homebuyers. Whatever your reasons for considering new windows for your home, note a few factors you'll want to consider first.
You can overspend
You might assume that more expensive windows are going to be better for your home, but you can easily overspend on features and options that really aren't necessary for insulation or safety. For example, most homes get plenty of insulation from double-glazed windows. You might consider triple-glazed panes if you live in an environment with extreme weather conditions, or need added insulation from outside noise, but otherwise, that added glazing might be a waste of money for your home. Consider carefully all the insulating properties of windows and choose only the glass and style that is right for your property, rather than just buying the most expensive option.
Whether or not costs are recouped
When you upgrade your home's windows, you can and probably will save money on your utilities, but not necessarily the same amount as you spent on the windows. However, if you buy larger windows that offer a better view to the outside, this can increase your home's resale value because of those improved aesthetics alone. Casement windows, which open on the side with a hinge, like a door, can allow for more light and air circulation, and this can also increase your home's resale value. If you're looking to eventually put your home on the market, talk to a real estate agent about what is the best choice for adding value to your home, rather than assuming any and all windows will accomplish this.
Enlarging windows is not that difficult
If you want larger windows in your home, it's typically not very difficult for a contractor to cut through the wall's framework and exterior building materials. He or she will need to ensure the home's weight can still be supported with that building material removed, but don't assume that you can't have a bay window, large picture window, or other oversized windows where you currently have standard single-hung windows. Those larger windows can make your home look better from the outside, and increase sunlight into your home's interior, making it feel more welcoming and cosier overall.