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The Best Time For New Homeowners To Buy Replacement Windows

Posted on July 13, 2018

Replacement Windows Quad Cities

Buying a new home can be both an exhilarating and nerve-wrecking time. There are so many decisions that need to be made, from deciding where to place your furniture in each room, to making sure the foundation of your home is safe and secure. It can be overwhelming at times to know just when to tackle which task, and how to manage your new place properly. Most people will tell you when you move into a new house to replace the windows. Although this isn't something that needs to be done immediately upon moving in, it is something that should be considered within the first few months in your new home. Replacing your windows will help ease the energy costs associated with heating and cooling your home. They will also put your mind at ease, knowing that newer windows are harder to break into, making your home that much safer.

Inspect the Windows You Have

When buying a new house, you should have it inspected before signing the contract. However, point of sale inspections are not always the most thorough. You should do a visual inspection of the house yourself when you move in, to make you aware of any potential problem areas that may need to be addressed. 

When inspecting your windows yourself, there are some telltale signs that they should be replaced sooner rather than later. The first thing you should test is if the windows shut fully and lock completely. If they don't, this may prove a security risk to your home, and you should replace your windows as soon as possible. You can also place your hand around the window sill and pane area. If you feel the outside air coming through, this means your window is not sealed properly, which will increase the energy costs for heating and/or cooling your home. If the caulking or paint around the windows are chipped or peeling, that is also an indication that your windows are not fully protecting your home from the outside air.

When To Replace Your Windows

Depending on the information you gathered upon your inspection, your windows may need to be replaced immediately, or their replacement can be put off for a bit. Some people like to have their house completely ready upon move-in. If this is the case, you may want to replace the windows before you move into the house. If the window replacement is something that doesn't need to be addressed right away, you should consider replacing them in the spring or fall. Having energy efficient windows before the extreme summer and winter weather of Rock Island will be a great idea for your wallet! 

Enlist Professional Help

Replacing your windows can be an intimidating job, but it shouldn't cause you any undue stress. We here at Mainstream Home Improvement are replacement window experts. We'll be able to walk you through the different aspects to look for when choosing the right replacement windows for your home. If you are ready to get started on your own window replacement, don't hesitate to contact us by filling out our easy online form or by calling us at (309) 762-6244 today!

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