If you’re looking to sell your home, you may be considering upgrades to appeal to potential buyers. Selling your home is competitive, and you want to be sure you’re giving yourself an edge when attracting potential buyers. Before listing your home, take time to inspect your home and identify any areas that need improvement. Consider making repairs or renovations as needed – though it may be costly, most projects will add value to your home once it’s been sold. Which projects will pay off the most? Let’s dig in.

First Impressions Matter

You don’t get a second chance to make a first impression. When potential buyers see your house for the first time, do you want them to see old, discolored siding and outdated metal windows? Consider updating your home’s exterior with new windows, doors and siding. Available in a variety of styles and colors, our vinyl windows and siding will give your home the refresh it needs. Buyers will enjoy having a home that’s move-in ready, and you’ll appreciate the return on investment recouped from your project: both projects offer over 70% ROI.

Upgrade Your Landscaping

A little curb appeal goes a long way when it comes to selling your home; however, it’s easy to fall behind on lawn maintenance when you’re focusing on other renovation projects. An overgrown yard or a barren lot with no landscaping won’t appeal to any visitors. Be sure to cut your grass regularly and trim any bushes and shrubs. Plant flowers or grow a garden to make your house feel like a home. If you’re not able to garden, consider purchasing potted flowers or plants to spruce up your front porch.

Picture Yourself in the Home

Homebuyers should be able to imagine themselves living in your home. Be sure to remove any personal items including family photos or keepsakes from your living areas so your house feels less like your family home. Be sure rooms are organized and kept clean with beds made and personal items put away. Consider painting your walls a neutral color so buyers are able to personalize the home to fit their taste.

Boost Your Energy Efficiency

If you were a homebuyer, would you want to move into a house with sky-high energy bills? Consider making changes to boost your home’s energy efficiency, like installing a programmable thermostat or purchasing Energy Star certified appliances. Replacing your old, drafty windows or your cracked siding with energy efficient vinyl windows and siding will also reduce your home’s energy consumption. You’ll enjoy lower electric bills – and your home will get the curb appeal boost it needs.

Though these changes might seem costly, renovation projects will add value to your home when it comes time to sell. Vinyl window and siding replacement offers a high ROI, recouping almost 70% of the money you may spend. When you’re ready to start your project, schedule an in-home estimate. Our team of exterior design consultants will meet with you to discuss your project and offer a quote good for up to six months. Contact us today for more information.

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.