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New panes, new gains? / Do new windows save you money?

Most of us buy our homes to settle down for several years, and many of the improvements we undertake are designed to improve our quality of life rather than add value to the property.

But certain modifications not only make your home more economical to run but are also a tangible asset when it comes to selling up – and one of those is undoubtedly fitting new windows. 

Whether you’re putting your house up for sale in the near future or a few years down the line, the financial benefits of installing new windows is there for all to see – literally. When that prospective buyer walks down the drive, it’s the first impressions that count most and gleaming new windows suggest this is a home that’s not only loved and cared for, but a sound investment, too.

Another attraction for would-be buyers is knowing that not only are your double- or even triple-glazed windows wonderfully soundproofed, but that those extra layers of insulation will result in lower energy bills. If you are staying put, the reduced costs on heating your home will, year on year, help mitigate the cost of the new windows! 

You can’t put a price on peace of mind, which is why having a home protected by sturdy frames, quality hardware and high-tech locking systems is invaluable. And it won’t be just you who appreciates that extra security – when it comes to applying for home insurance, the questionnaire will probably ask for information about the quality of your windows and doors, which may also result in a reduced premium.

Casement windows in detached house

So is it time to replace those old windows and give your home a much-needed facelift? Your decision could be made that much easier by doing a few simple spot checks:

• Sticking – do your windows tend to jam when opening? If your frames are timber, it could be a sign they’re on their last legs.

• Condensation – many old frames steam up through lack of ventilation, whereas good-quality uPVC windows will include an integrated vent to help prevent this.

• Draughty windows – this is a sure sign of cracks and gaps, and while you can repair and fill the holes, you’re often just delaying the inevitable.

• Shabby exterior – if the only person who likes the look of your windows is a burglar attracted by the thought of easy pickings, not replacing them could prove expensive.

Whatever the above spot checks reveal about your windows, it’s a good idea to seek the advice of your local Independent Network Installer, who will give you free no-obligation advice.

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