Home Renovations and Resale Value!

Getting the best return on your real estate investment

By Mike Carroll
Regional Sales Manager

If you are thinking about doing some renovations around your house, even if you are not planning on selling this year, you may want to consider how they will affect the resale value of your home. Understanding the resale value will help you prioritize which project you start with as well as determine the net cost of the renovation. If you need to pay $10,000 for a project but have an expected 70% return on investment it really only costs $3,000 – not to mention any savings you may occur through energy bills or government reimbursements.

You can ask almost any real estate agent and they will tell you the importance of the first impression of your home. The term ‘curb appeal’ is used all of the time across the industry. The first impression is usually done in the first 60 seconds a potential buyer looks at the house – and lasts forever, and that first 60 seconds is usually spent outside. Rotting windows, faded doors, and failing gardens are all things that may deter a buyer from choosing your home without them even realizing it.

Numerous studies will agree that top renovations as far as resale value goes are; Entry Doors, Vinyl Siding, Vinyl Windows, and Garage Doors followed by bathroom, kitchen and basement remodeling. One may have expected kitchen and bathrooms to be at the very top, but first impressions, as well as personal preference and countless home improvement tv shows are leaving home buyers to tackle these renovations afterwards.

Over the years the top renovations for return on investments have been, for the most part, fairly consistent, with an expected increase of an additional 10% on the resale value for replacement vinyl windows and front doors for various reasons; the unpredictable and extreme weather we have been seeing, the rising energy costs and a growing interest in social and environmental responsibility that has lead buyers to demand greener homes.

If you are thinking about a home renovation project, call Lifestyle Home Products now at 1.800.465.0593 to book a free, no obligation, in-home consultation to discuss your many options and find the best project for your home. Book before June 30, and you could even WIN $2,500 towards your new home improvement project!

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Replace Your Windows – Save Money!

If your home is an older building you may be thinking about ways to update and modernize it. Maybe your home is cold and expensive to heat. You may find that your windows let in air or possibly even water. All of these problems can be solved by replacing the windows in your home. Doing so can help with the insulation in your home which, in turn, will help to reduce your energy bills as well as increasing the value of your home.

Window frames used to be made from wood. Although these were suitable for a short term basis, they do begin to rot and warp over time and continued exposure to the elements. The sealant, known as caulking, around the windows begins to flake away, making gaps where air and moisture can get in and accelerating the rate at which the original frames deteriorate. In addition to this affecting the insulation of your home, and increasing your energy costs, it is also not pleasing to they eye. This is a particular problem if you are thinking of selling your home as it makes prospective buyers think they have to spend time and money replacing the windows after they’ve bought the house and most people want to buy a home and move in without having to do any work to it. As such you may find that your home does not attract a buyer.

Vinyl windows are a great solution to this problem. These windows are not hugely expensive and are an investment worth making whether you would like a quick sale for your home or if you just wish to improve the energy efficiency or appearance of your home. These windows will never rot or warp and because there is no painting of frames required you will never need to touch it up due to flaking paint! These windows are efficient, easy to clean, virtually maintenance free and visually appealing.

If cost is an issue to you then you will be pleased to learn that it is possible to install vinyl windows yourself, cutting down on the cost quite significantly. However, this is a complex process and requires quite a lot of skill to execute quickly and safely. When ordering vinyl replacement windows, it’s usually best to make sure that your manufacturer; who builds the windows specifically for your application; is also a qualified installer. That way, even though the installation costs a little more, you can be certain that your new replacement windows will look like they’ve always been there. Trust a professional, and you’ll be guaranteed a perfect, seamless fit.

One more way replacement windows can save you money is if you get them installed during the off-season. Installations with Lifestyle Home Products throughout Ontario go on all winter long, with winter pricing being as much as 15% below our regular prices. In fact, if you have us in before November 30th, we’ll even enter you in our $5,000 Winter Ready Sweepstakes. Imagine: $5,000 towards the cost of your new, high-efficiency replacement windows, purchased at the lowest price of the season, in order to save money across the board on your winter heating bills. Now THAT’S how you stretch a dollar!

Click below to contact us today and request a free window inspection or quote. We’ll be glad to answer your questions and help you get the most for your home improvement dollar, with the industry’s most energy efficient windows manufactured right here in Canada.

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Window Installation in Stouffville (Photos)

The Lifestyle team has done it again, with a spectacular window installation in Stouffville, Ontario. These high-efficiency windows look fantastic, and are the highest-rated energy efficient windows on the market, backed by one of the best warranties in the industry!
Window Installation in Stouffville

Window Installation in Stouffville

Window Installation in Stouffville

Window Installation in Stouffville

Window Installation in Stouffville

Window Installation in Stouffville

Window Installation in Stouffville

To find out more about our Canadian-made custom high-efficiency windows, and to book a FREE QUOTE, CLICK HERE.

Photo Post: Window Installation in Thornhill

One of our latest Lifestyle Home Products Window Installations, on location in Thornhill Ontario:

 

Thornhill Window Replacement

Thornhill Replacement Windows

 

The original window. As you can see, it’s in pretty rough shape:Original Window, Thornhill Ontario

 

Brand new, Canadian-made Lifestyle replacement windows:
Lifestyle Replacement Windows, Thornhill

 

Fast, professional installation. Our premium replacement windows are CSA certified, EnergyStar validated, and Harmonized tested, and are only installed with precision by our factory-trained and certified installers. We’re so confident in our windows and our installation experts that we guarantee that your window installation will last a lifetime:
Lifestyle Windows, Thornhill

Lifestyle Windows, Thornhill

 

To find out more about our premium custom replacement windows and window installation in Thornhill and across Ontario,

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