The housing market has had its share of ups and downs in recent years. Luckily, we have started to see a swing in the market, and people seem to be buying again. However, there are still a lot of homes for sale that have been on the market for months. Today’s homebuyer is savvy about doing their research and seeing a large number of properties before they decide on one. It is the largest investment some of them will ever make; so of course, they want the most they can get for their money.

If you are in the market to sell your home it is essential to make sure that you have given yourself an edge when trying to attract buyers. Space, curb appeal, and energy efficiency are all on the top of today’s buyer’s list. It might take a little bit of investment to make your home the showcase that people are looking for, but it is worth every penny to make sure that your home stands out from the rest and sells at a great price. There are a few easy changes that you can make that will help increase the value and get people taking a second look.

One thing that successful real estate agents will tell you is that home buyers want to be able to imagine themselves in your house. That means getting rid of all the clutter that most of our lifestyles accumulate. It also means taking down the multitude of family photos that are probably littering the walls and the top of the entertainment center. Agents will recommend keeping each room tidy with beds made and everything put away. They might even recommend renting a temporary storage locker to remove anything unnecessary from the home for a better showing. They also might recommend painting the interior walls a neutral color which helps to not distract buyers from wall colors that might not be their taste.

The first thing that people see when they enter your property is the driveway and yard. This can be a little tricky, but pulling up to an overgrown lot or, worse, a barren lot with a house on it isn’t going to appeal to anyone. A little curb appeal goes a long way. Neatly trimmed bushes and grass is appealing to the eye. Colorful flowering shrubs or gardens do a lot to make your house seem like a home. If you do not have a garden already, then a few well-placed flower baskets can do a lot too.

When a prospective buyer comes up to your door, the last thing you want to greet them with is a waterlogged door that might stick or show signs of damage. Water damage around the door is unsightly and also can be the culprit for energy loss. A new door can not only improve the look of your home, but it can be the first sign to the potential new owner that someone who lived there cared for their home.

Broken or faded siding or chipped paint is also no way to win over a prospective buyer. New siding for your home not only looks inviting, it is also low maintenance for a new homeowner. They never have to worry about painting it every couple of years.

You can show anyone looking to buy, that your home is the right choice with new energy efficient windows. Many buyers might fall in love with the classic charm that your house offers but that will go quickly away as they can almost see the dollar signs floating out of windows because of the air conditioning or heat escape. Updated windows will not only improve the look of your home, but it will improve the feel of it as well.

All of these changes might seem like a lot of money to spend for a house that you are not intending to keep. It is a good thing that what you spend can more than be made up for in increased value, getting you a better price in the long run. Call Window Nation for an estimate. One of our experts will be on their way to go over what you need for replacement windows, siding, and doors. We offer custom features, professional service, and a fast, efficient installation so that your home is ready for market when you are ready to sell.

The end of the year is coming and many people are starting to make lists of goals to achieve during the New Year. Many people’s lists contain personal goals for 2017 like getting into shape, putting money into savings, learning a new language, or finally taking that dream vacation. But, what about your house, your house has some goals of its own, but needs your help to achieve them. Window Nation wants to help your home become your dream home by putting together a simple list of changes you can make in and around your home in 2017.

Ideas to make your home become your dream home in 2017

  • Replace your home’s older windows and doors with new energy efficient models. New windows and doors in your home can not only update its look, but will help to reduce energy costs for you in 2017, and keep your family warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer.

  • Give your entire home a new look by replacing your homes older, dull siding. New siding can help to increase the energy efficiency of your home and protect its interior walls. Your older home can get a full “face-lift” with new durable, easy to maintain siding.

  • Increase the living space inside of your home by finally finishing your home’s unfinished basement. Installing French doors in a basement is a great way to divide a space, think office and family room, while still maintaining an open, airy feel.

  • Add a fresh coat of paint to any room, new paint can do wonders to brighten up a space. New paint can also bring older kitchen and/or bathroom cabinets back to life!

  • In addition to paint, add a new shelf, picture frame, accent pillow, or throw rug into a room to update its overall look!

  • Place a deck off of the back of your home, decks can give you and your family more living and entertaining space without having to actually add a “room” onto your home. Add some outdoor furniture, plant boxes, a grill, and outdoor heaters, and you have an outdoor space you can use most of the year!

The professionals at Window Nation are happy to sit down with you and help check off some of the to-do’s on your home’s goal list for 2017. We can work with any budget to create not only a new fresh look for your home, but to make your home more energy efficient in the New Year. Contact us today for a free, no-obligation, in-home, estimate!

Have you noticed that the wind doesn’t seem to have that bite to it? Have you seen the increase in feathered friend activity around your bird feeder? Have you noticed the crocus next to your door starting to peer through the soil? This is that wonderful time of year when we begin to relax and breathe a sigh of relief that winter’s fury is almost over. Sure this winter wasn’t as bad as some, but it wasn’t as good as some either! And somehow the chores of winter seem so much more burdensome than spring projects do.

With new life springing up all around us, it somehow sheds a new light on the work we need to accomplish. We are actually excited about the prospect of those home improvement projects we desire to do, but sometimes it is difficult to decide exactly where to begin. If you know that you want to cross off some of those items on the honey-do list, but you don’t know exactly what to do, take a look at Window Nation’s idea gallery.

Sometimes all we need is a jump start to get us set in the right home improvement direction. When you browse through the different finished projects on our site, your ideas will begin flowing, your home improvement questions will turn into home improvement answers, and your dreams will turn to reality. Our idea gallery includes: Before & After Gallery; Window Gallery, Siding Gallery, and Door Gallery. All with helpful color pictures of actual real life completed renovation projects from some of our customers. This is such a useful tool. I mean, to see actual homes showcased so you can see exactly what these windows, doors, siding styles, materials, and colors look like on an actual home. You can choose one of the styles showcased or a combination of styles if you want to add your own unique flair. Either way, these ideas will surely spark your renovation imagination into full gear.

Window Nation is the name that over 55,000 of your friends and neighbors have trusted for doors, windows, and siding; and 99.5% of those never required any follow-up service. WOW! Now that’s a record we are proud of!

When you are looking for materials and installation to complete your spring projects, talk to your friends and neighbors. You will see that Window Nation is the only home improvement destination you need for quality products, service, and installation. Stop by our showroom to browse our wide selection of products and styles and see how we can help make your spring home improvement projects an easy reality.

There are a lot of home improvements that can make your home much nicer to live in. If you like to cook, a fully remodeled kitchen may be right up your alley. If you have more than two children, it is always good to have a second bathroom. But improvements like these can cost a lot of money, and often, they do give you a return on that money. Adding a $75,000 kitchen to a $100,000 home is not likely to yield a $75,000 return in value. Here are a few remodeling ideas for 2016 that will not only make your home feel new again, they will also justify the cost by giving you the best value for the money spent.

Bathroom Remodel

When you replace the tub, toilet, sink, vanity, tile, and fixtures in a bathroom it doesn’t just spruce up the place, it adds value to your home’s equity. If you’re looking for a home improvement project that will give you the most bang for your buck, this is a good way to go.

If you’re looking for something to do that will be less expensive than a full remodel, there are some quick things you can do to spice things up and add value. Putting new paper on the walls or laying down a fresh coat of paint can make that bathroom feel fresh and new. Adding a re-glaze to your tub will give it a like-new finish for around $350. And, getting rid of old caulk around the tub with a softener like CAULK-BE-GONE®, and laying down some new caulk for a clean, fresh look, is a great idea for very little cash.

Replacement Windows

If you’re looking for more convenience, lower energy bills, less sound from passing traffic, and more light getting into your home, window replacements are a perfect investment. Not only will that investment pay for itself over time, it will add to the equity of your home immediately, by making the interior and the exterior of your home more appealing and increasing the feeling of newness. Nothing makes a home feel old like windows that don’t work right or look like they’ve been painted eight times.

Updated Front Entry Door

Another great exterior improvement is a new entry door. According to a 2015 remodeling Impact Report, a new steel front entry door can recover 75% of its cost at resale. Not only will you make most of your money back, you’ll also sell your home faster with an inviting entryway.

Landscaping

According to figures from the American Nursery and Landscape Association, the cost of landscaping can weigh in at a few thousand. But these costs will more than makeup for themselves when you go to sell your home. Landscaping has strong curb appeal and can significantly decrease how long a home stays on the market.

Vinyl Siding

Vinyl siding is always a good upgrade. Not only will you feel like you’re living in a new home, you’ll almost completely recoup your investment and add protection that will protect the value of your home.
If 2016 is the year you decide to make your Ohio home feel like new, for not a lot of money, we can help you with that. At Window Nation, we offer the absolute best bang for your buck when it comes to vinyl siding, replacement windows, and entry doors. Stop in to our showroom and start envisioning what your new home will look like in 2016.