How $18,000 in New Windows Saved Me $6,000.

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Select Properties of Fayetteville, LLC NC 226467

I live in an older established neighborhood in the city of Fayetteville, NC. The neighborhood was built in the mid 60's and when we purchased our home in 2003 it had not been updated in ANY way.

We chose the home for the Terry Sanford school district for my son. The location and school district was more important to us than updates.

Since then we have slowly remodeled the house. It goes very slowly when you are not financing the remodel.

Last year we finally got to the windows. Our windows were 43 years old and a death trap. They didn't readily open, had peeling paint and if I stood in front of one in the winter I felt the winter air.

Ours is a trilevel floorplan. In the summer the upstairs level would stay unbearably hot. My son, 3 year old daughter, and mother sleep on that level. I think the heat on that level went beyond just being uncomfotable. It never dawned on me that the old windows may be attributing to that problem.

We had decided that we would install a seperate unit in the attic to cool that entire level. Estimates came in at just under $6000, new ducts, electrical and everything.

We'd decided we'd get that done after the metal roof and new windows.

The window man came to our house to do his presentation. Somehow, all my life, I have always walked away with the most expensive item on the rack. He gave a wonderful presentation and I just had to have the $18,000 windows.

The difference those windows made to the comfort level on that upstairs is astounding!! I just felt so stupid that all those years I just kept thinking that the AC just wasn't making it up there very well. Now, I'm sure the less expensive windows he was also selling could have probably done the same thing.

My husband says it's a shame we had to spend $18,000 to save $6,000. But I love my new windows and now I can use that $6,000 towards something else!


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Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services

Wow -- a great story.. I wonder if you can get some of those tax credits for the new windows... I think they are good till almost the end of the year... Even more savings!

Jun 24, 2010 04:47 PM #1
Dagny Eason
Dagny's Real Estate - Wilton, CT
Fairfield County CT, CDPE Homes For Sale and Condo

Good for you!  It's always great to get up to date, and save money in the process!   We need to update ....

Jun 24, 2010 04:55 PM #2
Dan Edward Phillips
Dan Edward Phillips, Humboldt and Del Norte Counties, CA - Eureka, CA
Humboldt and Del Norte Counties, CA

There is nothing like new, high quality windows.  Nice post!

Jun 24, 2010 05:18 PM #3
Michele Miller ~ REALTOR®, LMC, HSE, CHS, SRES, CMRS
ERA Key Realty~Worcester County Realty Group - Worcester, MA
'Helping You Make the Best Move"

What a salesman!

Jun 24, 2010 05:25 PM #4
Julissa Jumper
Select Properties of Fayetteville, LLC - Fayetteville, NC
Fayetteville, NC Real Estate

Joan, too bad we can"t get more than one tax credit per year otherwise we could have also gotten one for the roof.

Dagny, thannks for stopping by.

Dan, yes! I love the windows.

Michelle, he was a great salesman. The entire time he was presenting I recognized his use of scripts just like I use.

Jun 25, 2010 12:55 AM #5
Jane Peters
Home Jane Realty - Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles real estate concierge services

Sounds like a wise choice to me, Julissa.  You will make up that $12,000 in the cost of running the 2nd unit.

Jun 30, 2010 04:13 PM #6
Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Enjoy your new windows. They add both beauty and value to your home.



Jun 30, 2010 04:38 PM #7
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