Window Problems That Lower Your Resale Value

fix-glass-windows-or-lose-money-resale-janssen-glassLike most sellers, you want to get the most that you can for your house when you put it on the market. You already know where the problems are. Some are relatively easy, inexpensive DIY fixes, like a fresh coat of paint in the living room or replacing the damaged molding in the bedroom.

But what about a bigger, more expensive issue, like the windows? Most of them are in decent shape, but you’ve got a couple that are foggy-looking, and one of them has a small crack and a chip in it. Another one is a little drafty. Is it worth the expense to fix those glass issues? The short answer is yes.

Fixing Bad Windows Is a Smart Move

Windows are an important component in a home’s integrity. You wouldn’t want to buy a house with a leaky roof or with no insulation! Even if you liked the house in spite of those problems, you’d want the seller to lower the price to compensate for the fact that you’d need to replace the roof, or tear down walls to add insulation. The same applies to windows.

Common Window Problems and Solutions

We live in a time of rising energy costs, and buyers want those costs to be as low as possible. So let’s take a look at how a window professional would address your issues:

  • Foggy windows mean that the seal between glass layers has failed and moisture has gotten in. This is more of an aesthetic problem than anything else, but it’s not going away, and will get worse over time. The best remedy is replacement.
  • Cracked or broken windows are a common problem, especially when the homeowner is trimming with the weed whacker too near the house! Sometimes the glass will break simply because the window was “painted-in”  and then forced open. Whatever the reason, depending how much damage occurred, it needs a repair or a replacement.
  • Drafty windows are a problem, because the draft means they are definitely leaking warm air and letting cold air in during the winter (and vice-versa in summer). You can try a DIY repair with weather-stripping or caulk. If that works, great! If not, replacement is in order.

Windows That Are Fixed Help Your Selling Price Stay Fixed

Spending money upfront to fix your glass issues will almost certainly cost less than coming down substantially on your selling price, not to mention that a well-cared for house sells faster than one with obvious problems.

If you’ve got window problems, contact us online or call us at (913) 677-5727. Janssen Glass has been providing expert window replacement and repair services in Overland Park and surrounding areas for more than three decades and have a 99% customer satisfaction record!