It may be that your house is up for sale already, or maybe you are considering making a move in the near future, but before you “take the plunge” how about considering your homes appeal to potential buyers – look at it from the buyers point of view.
Right now is an especially worrying time to sell a property, given BREXIT, but you can improve your chances by taking a step back and paying attention to the right things.
Many properties that are famed for their classic proportions were built around the 18th & 19th Centuries in the UK. Sash Windows are synonymous with the look and feel of these homes, so it is vital that when you are thinking of modernising them, you choose a product that maintains the character as well as add value or appeal.
If you are lucky, your home will have sash windows throughout, as many have been extended at the rear and used standard casement windows and only have sash windows to the front of the house.
Check them over and see what state of repair your current windows are in. Given that sash windows are more costly to replace than a standard casement windows it’s not surprising if yours have been painted over & over again instead of being replaced.
Typically, older soft wood sashes will fit badly into the frame, be single glazed and may have lost a counterweight (or 2) when the internal sash rope has given up and broken.
Old window locks may also still be fitted that could seriously reduce security of the window.
Layers of old paint may have built up – even I have seen many sash windows that are stuck closed due to paint build-up.
What can you afford to spend on new windows? Good timber sash windows can cost a few hundred pounds each – but you could be offered a lower price for your property by a potential buyer if you still have the old windows fitted. Consider what you may gain or lose on the deal.
Repair by a professional is always worth considering if the windows are worth repairing. Usually less costly than a full replacement, but that will depend on who you use to do the job as prices across the UK to repair sash windows varies greatly.
If you are going to replace them, use double glazing in the window – buying single glazed windows these days are a waste of money.
If you live in a listed building or somewhere that is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) or National Park (plus a few other situations), you may need permission to do the work. Check with your planning authority first.
Your choices available would tend to be timber or uPVC. Timber is classic but pricey. UPVC is cost effective, but you should take care to make sure you buy good quality that blends well with your home.