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.

You know all those cleaning tasks that you have been putting off until spring, well guess what? Spring is just days away and it’s finally time to stop procrastinating and tackle the spring cleaning of your home! The pros at Window Nation want to make this year’s spring cleaning as easy as possible for you by providing you with 5 helpful interior spring cleaning tips and 5 exterior spring cleaning tips!

Since you have probably been cooped up in your home more than you would have liked due to winter weather, let’s first head outside.

Outdoor spring cleaning tips:

  1. Get your deck ready for relaxing and entertaining. Use an outdoor broom to brush off any leaves or other debris that may have built up (especially in the corners) over the winter. Replace flowerpots or other deck containers that you will soon fill with plants and flowers.

  2. Check your homes gutters; make sure that they are still securely fastened to your home. Clear out any debris that may have built up in them over the winter. Clean gutters insure that water is being properly directed from your home.

  3. Clean out your outdoor trash cans and get them smelling nice before the hot weather really hits. Empty all your outdoor trash cans, lay them on their side, squirt a little dish soap in them, hose them out, and allow them to air dry.

  4. Clean up the yard. Rake up and remove all the leaves, sticks, and other items that have blown into your yard over the winter. Rake out your garden beds and get them ready for planting.

  5. Dirt and mold can build up over the winter, dulling the appearance of your siding and creating a film on the outside of windows. Use a hose or pressure washer to clean your home’s siding and the exterior side of its windows.

Now that you’ve had some fresh air from doing some outdoor spring cleaning around your home, let’s head back inside. Before you get started inside save yourself some time by putting together a “cleaning caddy”. Place all the cleaning supplies you will use inside of it. Having everything in one portable spot will make the cleaning process go much smoother and save you on time.

Inside spring cleaning tips:

  1. The first task on your spring cleaning list should be to declutter your home, especially storage areas like closets, dressers, basements, and attics; you know all the places you have just been stuffing things you didn’t know what else to do with all winter. Donate and sell items that you no longer need or want and organize the rest.

  2. Now that things are organized it’s time to dust. A lot of dust can build up in your home- on shelves, in cupboards and drawers, along baseboards, and on walls. Spring is the perfect time of year to get out your favorite duster or even just a damp cloth and complete a thorough dusting of your home.

  3. Move couches, chairs and other large pieces of furniture (with help of course) and clean up underneath of and behind those items. Same goes for the areas behind large appliances found in kitchen and laundry areas; you will be amazed at how much dirt and debris you may find.

  4. Deep clean your carpets. If you don’t have a carpet cleaner of your own they can easily be rented. There is no better feeling than digging your toes into a clean feeling and fresh smelling carpet.

  5. Clean all the mirrors and windows found in your home. Your home’s windows are probably a bit dirtier than you even realize. Once they are deep cleaned you will be amazed how much more sunlight they allow into your home.

Along with being replacement window specialists, Window Nation also offers services to replace doors and siding on homes. For information about any of our quality services, contact us today!

At Window Nation, we are proud to have a relationship with many of the top radio personalities in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and the District of Columbia. But, before we introduce you to our friends, we’d like to start by clearing up a misconception many people have about endorsements.
 
When you hear a radio personality say how much they love a product, what is the first thing that comes into your mind? Do you instantly tell yourself that they get paid to say those nice things? It is only natural. But, how long do you think those radio personalities would keep their audiences if they endorsed products that were not as good as advertised? Not long. That is why they are careful to make sure the companies they make a relationship with actually do the job they say they do.
 
We are proud to have earned the endorsement of so many well known radio personalities because when they say good things about Window Nation, we know they’ve done their homework. They have studied us, tested us, and had us install products in their homes. When they say our windows and doors are of the highest quality, it really means something. They are putting their reputations on the line when they endorse our products and services, and they don’t take that lightly. Neither do we! We work hard every day to honor their endorsements by doing our very best to maintain the highest level of products and service.
 
So, who endorses Window Nation? If you live in Philly, you’ll recognize such names as Andre Gardener, Anthony Gargano, Harry Mayes, Jim Gearhart, Preston Elliot, and Rhea Hughes. In Ohio you’re sure to know Mike Trivisonno, Alan Cox, Java Joel, John Lanigan, Ken Carman, and Brian Fowler. If you live in Maryland or Northern Virginia, these names should ring a bell: Tony Kornheiser, Vinny Cerrato, Colleen Carew, Grant Paulsen and Danny Rouhier.
 
If you’d like to hear what your favorite radio personality has to say about Window Nation, pop over to our endorsement page and have a listen. You’ll hear from their own lips what they think of our courteous and professional installation services, product durability, and product selection.
 
We’d like to thank all of our endorsers for putting their reputations on the line in support of our company and our products. As we look to 2016, we look forward to increasing our list of satisfied customers whether they are famous radio personalities or not. We pledge to continue to do all we can to offer the best selection of the most affordable doors, windows, and siding available anywhere.