Attracting and retaining top-quality tenants is critical to running a successful rental property & replacing your windows can have a major impact on providing a comfortable and affordable rental property experience. And how else to do that than to make sure your rental property is in great shape at all times?
Maintaining a rental property involves doing a variety of things. These include ensuring the proper functioning of things like HVAC systems, garbage disposal, plumbing, and electrical systems, and appliances.
Other things that fall under the elements that you are responsible for include carpets, foyers, gardens, and doors and windows. Replacing your rental’s windows can have major Ensuring all these elements operate optimally is critical to minimizing vacancies and maximizing your rental income, says Matt of Cavalier Estates.
Windows and doors get worn out over time and being aware of the condition of your rental properties windows is not something you should overlook. When this happens, they not only become a security issue, but the overall comfort of the home may become an issue.
Learn more about what you need to look to check if you need to replace your rental’s windows.
- Windows that are leaking. Leaking windows can leak both water and air. This can cause serious problems, including mold and mildew growth.
- Windows are drafty. This can cause your energy bills to spike. In fact, in some cases, it can increase by as much as 25%.
- Windows that are not soundproofing your home. If you can hear noise from the outside when standing inside and all windows are shut, it’s a sign you need to replace them.
- Windows that are difficult to open and close.
- High energy bills. Older windows are often single-paned and are more vulnerable to leaks.
- Windows look worn out. Double glazing failing or signs of rot or warping on your windows are big indicators that you need to replace your windows.
- With that in mind, the following are things to consider when choosing the right window for your property.
Broadly speaking, there are two options when it comes to installing windows: retrofit- and full-frame installation. In the retrofit installation, the replacement window will need to be inserted into the existing frame. The jambs will remain relatively unaltered.
Retrofit installations are relatively inexpensive as compared to full-frame installations. According to HomeGuide.com, a retrofit replacement window will cost anywhere between $100 and $300 each.
Full-Frame window installation will cost you anywhere between $455 and $705 per window. The cost is higher because it involves the most work, materials, and skill. The cost, of course, varies depending on the options and the site conditions.
If your goal is simply to spruce up the look of your rental property, then a retrofit installation is the way to go. However, if you are looking for a complete makeover complete with new interior trim and frame, then a full-frame installation is probably the right option for you.
Windows are available in a variety of different styles. However, when it comes to rental properties, there are generally two styles to think of: sliding and crank windows.
Sliding windows are horizontal, with sashes that slide back and forth. These windows have frames of wood, aluminum, PVC or a combination.
They are a great option for window openings against a porch or patio, as they remain in the tracks when opened.
Crank windows, on the other hand, are chosen for their tall, narrow window openings. They are also known as casement windows. They are attached to the side of the window frame and swing outward.
As for costs, crank windows usually cost more. You can expect to pay $325 to $480 per window, according to Modernize.com. With sliding windows, expect to pay anything between $450 and $1,300 each including installation, with a set of 6 new windows.
Double or Triple-Pane Windows
Double pane windows are windows that have two panes of glass set into each individual frame. Between the two panes is a small space that creates an air pocket that goes a long way in better insulating your home.
As you would expect, double pane windows are more energy-efficient than single-pane windows. They’re intended in places where air conditioning is used a lot, and where outside temperatures can get extreme.
With triple pane windows, there are two chambers filled with gas sandwiched between the glass. Because of this, the energy savings from triple-pane windows are much greater than in double pane windows.
When it comes to costs, expect a double pane window to cost you an average of $500, including installation. Wood windows are more costly. Triple pane windows, on the other hand, will cost you anywhere between $500 and $1,085.
It’s also worthwhile mentioning that triple pane windows are usually considered a luxury product and aren’t standard in new constructions in most parts of the country.
There you have it. What you need to know when replacing the windows of your rental property. If you need more help, please consider hiring professional services from a local window expert.
Interested in learning what to expect when Preparing For Window Replacement. For more information about replacing your windows contact Gulfside Windows and Doors today. We are here to answer all your questions and offer a free in-home consultation.