Do I need to replace my windows before I sell my house?

Short Answer: NO. However, If you sell your house with single pane windows and everyone else is selling their house with updated and energy saving double pane windows then you can not expect to get the same price for your house as your neighbor.

Most buyers today expect energy efficiency and when new houses cost about the same as old houses they can simply buy a new house or an older house with newer windows. If they choose your house they will like ask you to give them a credit for new windows or they will simply offer you less than what you are asking.

Window replacements can cost as little at $500 for vinyl windows and as much as $3,000 for wood framed windows. It may come as a shock to you but you should contact your local window company and get a quote. You will see that most of them will charge you somewhere around $10,000 to replace 10 windows.

"According to REMODELING Magazine's 2012-13 Window Cost vs. Value Report, a mid-range vinyl window replacement cost should average $9,720.This is an average of replacing 10 windows in a typical home."

Since our company mostly purchases homes in South Texas, as of 2016, we know that windows can make a big difference in the energy efficiency and utilities costs. If we buy a house that is older we know that most of the older houses have single pane windows and we will need to replace them so that renters will incur less monthly air conditioning costs which makes it easier for them to afford rent.

If we choose to renovate and sell the house with a Realtor in the retail market space we know that we must spend the money for new windows if we want to compete with the prices of other updated houses in the area. If we do not do that then we can not expect to receive a full priced offer.

 

How much does it cost to repair my roof?

Roof costs can vary greatly depending on the pitch of the roof, type of materials used, cost of materials, and more. Typically, you would call a few roof companies for quotes and the costs may vary from contractor to contractor for the exact same roof repair.

We at House Buyers Direct rely on a few different contractors and in most cases we are able to get a competitive price based on the fact that we give our contractors repeat business as a professional real estate developer and renovator. On average we are spending anywhere from $3,500-$8,500 a roof (size of house and pitch of roof vary).

As a homeowner who is a one time customer may, in most cases, be charged 125%-200% more than we would pay. But, this is not always the case and if you shop around enough you will be able to get a price you can afford. However, be aware that there are companies out there that will offer you in-house financing. In our opinion, you will not get the best deal with this option. They often have short terms, high interest rates, and also charge you full retail price for your roof job.

In summary, a new roof will cost thousands of dollars and the costs will depend on the type of materials used, size, and pitch of your roof, number of roofs you will buy from the contractor in a year, and more. Please feel free to contact us for a referral to one of our contractors if you would like to repair it yourself. Otherwise, give us a call and we will make you an offer to buy your property in the condition it is right now. Our roof costs will likely be much lower than if your cost and the savings we get may allow us to buy your house for a reasonable price that we both can live with.