Did you know that according to the Ottawa Real Estate Board more homes were sold during the first 11 months of 2016 than for the entire year of 2015? From January through November 2016, a total of 14,825 homes in Ottawa and the surrounding communities went to new owners. That compares to 14.658 properties sold in 2015 and also happens to be more than the record set in 2009.
One of the reasons why these homes sold is the level of curb appeal they held. Curb appeal is not just about how well the grounds are maintained. It's also about the way the home looks from the street. If you are thinking about placing your home on the market, it's time to take a good look at your windows. Here is what they can do to boost the curb appeal and gain more attention from potential buyers.
Transforming a Plain Facade
Perhaps your home is more of a practical dwelling and does not include a lot of embellishments on the facade. In fact, you've depended on the landscaping to provide your home with a pleasant appearance. While that does help, have you considered how a different type of window could add to the overall appeal?
One approach that helps to dress up a plain facade is the addition of awning windows. This window design is hinged at the top and allows the use to swing the bottom of the window outward. The windows can sport a solid plate of glass or multiple panes. As something a little unexpected, this type of casement window is a wonderful way to improve the overall look of the home itself.
From a practical point of view, this kind of casement window makes it easier to enjoy a flow of fresh air even if it's raining out. That's a feature many prospective owners will appreciate.
Modernizing With a Different Window Design
Perhaps the window design was popular in times past but does not exactly draw praise from potential owners today. Consider what opting for a different window design will do for the place. Along with updating the exterior, the fact that the windows are obviously new will attract more attention.
Think of what could happen if you replaced those older windows with something like new single hung tilt windows or even single hung windows with one permanent and one moving sash. The buyers will take note of the new windows as they pull into the drive. They will want to come in and take a closer look. By drawing them into the house and allowing them to see how the windows operate, you could have an offer by the end of the visit.
What About a Different Material?
The older windows are made with wooden frames. How many times over the years have you scraped, primed, and painted that wood? In spite of those efforts, the windows are beginning to look a little tired. Think about replacing them with an Ottawa vinyl window design. The color won't fade and they material will boost the curb appeal. That could lead to a sale sooner rather than later.
If you are serious about selling your home, take a close look at the windows. Would you buy a house with windows in that kind of shape? If the answer is no, call a contractor today. It won't take long to come up with a solution that's practical and improves the look of your property.