It's not as hard as you might think it is to replace a window. Usually, I prefer to have an experienced glass company take care of it when I need a window replaced, but sometimes, they can't get to me as fast as I'd like, or I can't afford a new window right away. I keep a few inexpensive panes of glass and some supplies in my garage so that I can temporarily replace a window until I can get the glass company to my house to install a better one. This is definitely something that anyone could learn to do, so I decided to start a blog about it to try to teach others how to replace windows. Whether you're temporarily replacing a window or you want to do a permanent job, you can learn the basics here in this blog.
If you're hoping to list your home in a market that isn't as competitive as you might like, you'll have to put in a little bit of work to make your home comparable with other houses in your area. If you have a older home with tons of charm, here are some things you can do to help bring the prospective buyers to the front door during your open house.
1. Fix Old Glass and Mirrors
If you have some original windows, built-in glass-fronted cabinets, or old mirrors in your house, these can sometimes be a deterrent to buyers. If glass is chipped or cracked, it gives a feeling of neglect, even if the rest of your home has been well cared for.
Some older windows have unique and beautiful designs that would be lost if you replaced the old window with a new, double-paned option. You don't have to replace an entire window to fix old glass, however. If there are cracks, foggy places, chips, waves, or imperfections in the glass, you can get a glass company to make a custom replacement pane. The lovely charm and originality of your house will remain, but the glass will be new, clean, and clear. Don't forget to repair broken glass in china cabinets or living room built-ins.
Old mirrors can also present a problem. Many antique built-in mirrors have real silver as a backing. With improper cleaning and several decades of use, the silver can tarnish. The mirror is not clear anymore and might have unsightly patches that make it hard to see a true reflection. These cannot be fixed unless the silver is replaced. Glass companies can replace built-in mirrors with new ones. Check out websites like http://www.ridgeglass.com to learn more about your options.
2. Replace Kitchen Appliances
It might seem like a too-simple thing for you, but many older homes have kitchens that are not as spacious, open, or full of storage as modern designs. You might not have time or money to replace all the cabinets and countertops or change the floor plan, but you can help improve the overall appearance of your kitchen by getting new appliances.
Even if you will take these appliances with you went you move, the new appliances in the kitchen can offset an old layout and make the room seem more useable and modern to buyers. A shiny new gas range will look much nicer than an old green and tan stove and oven from 1978.
3. Remove Clutter
Sometimes older homes can collect decades' worth of personal items, especially if the home has been in the family. Flimsy book shelves, desks full of papers, toys, and similar items can clutter a home to make it look smaller. In an older house where the rooms are divided from one another, the feeling of smallness created by clutter can by even more overwhelming for buyers. Not only that, but clutter can actually distract or appear jarring when your home has so many beautiful features like ornate crown molding, a beautiful staircase, or a lovely hardwood floor.
Instead, rent a storage unit to hold most of your personal items. Try to move out some of your furniture too, leaving only the basics behind: a table, chairs, a couch or love seat, and beds in each room. The rooms will look larger, and the charming features of your home won't be crowded out.
4. Replace Bathroom Fixtures
You might not have the cash flow for entirely new bathroom remodels, but you can go halfway by deep cleaning the existing bathroom and replacing the old features with new ones. A new toilet and modern sink and vanity will help the bathroom to appear more inviting to buyers.