Window buying can seem self-explanatory, but it actually can be a little tricky. We see people make a window decision too fast because it’s “just a piece of glass you see through.” Your windows are in fact much more than a pane of glass and there are a lot of factors you should consider before investing in them.
Today we are going to focus on 5 costly mistakes people make when buying windows so you can make an accurate decision that will save you money in the long run.
Are you ready to start saving? Make sure you DON’T do these five things.
1. Don’t look at the price tag first.
We might surprise you here, but the price tag is not necessarily an accurate representation of what a window will cost you! When you are shopping for windows for your home, you have to consider many possibilities that play into the final cost, not just the initial price of the glass itself. By reading this article, you are taking the first step toward researching all the options and investing in your future.
2. Don’t forget to consider security.
Purchase a window that will protect you from break-ins! Windows are often seen as a weak point and you want to make sure yours are secure and safe from invaders. If you don’t invest a little more in the initial cost of windows that provide more security, you might find yourself suffering a loss of thousands of dollars or sentimentally valuable items in the future due to an unanticipated robbery.
3. Don’t overlook future maintenance costs.
Windows are like cars. Chances are many of us have learned the hard way that if you buy an older, low-quality car, you’ll end up spending a lot of money fixing small problems constantly. The amount of money you saved initially is far outweighed by the cost of many small fixes you have to make. If you buy a higher quality window, you will have much less maintenance to worry about in the future. Make sure you take into account the future maintenance costs when you plan your window purchases and you won’t still be paying for your decision in later years.
4. Don’t consider energy efficiency.
Surprisingly as it may seem, the window you choose has a huge effect on the cost of your home! For example, if you invest in an energy efficient window such as one with a Low-E coating, it can save you hundreds of dollars each month by keeping your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer.
5. Don’t ignore style and popular opinion
As tempting as it may be to purchase the cheapest window, make sure you research what is popular. Remember, you are investing in the quality of your property. Even if you don’t plan to sell your house in the near future, it’s always a good idea to invest in the ultimate value of your home so when the day comes that you do decide to sell, you will not find yourself losing money.
Take it from the experts. If you plan smart from the beginning, you absolutely will save money in the end. It’s always better to do the hard work researching and investing in quality now to set yourself up for success. You’ll thank yourself later.
Now, it’s time to go buy some windows!