You know how men are when it comes to replacing anything in the home. They think that whatever is there is just fine. If it works, why replace it? I think this comes from a inherent desire to do absolutely nothing when they are home. They figure that after putting in a day’s work, when they are home, that is their free time to do whatever they feel like doing. Usually this consists of hitting the recliner and falling asleep in front of the television. Now, I am not saying every man is like this, but most are.
Recently the discussion came up about how much the windows in our home needed replacing. At first, the question was “Why do we need new windows? These still work.” The fact that they are ancient wood windows with chipped and peeling paint apparently escaped my husband. The rose colored glasses he was wearing didn’t begin to show the true condition of the windows. He apparently didn’t feel the cold air that comes in around them when the weather cools down either.
I researched the pros and set about trying to let him know exactly how much installing new windows could help. Did you know that double glazed windows cut down on noise? We wouldn’t have to listen to the neighbor’s son practicing the tuba every night. The moisture factor is taken care of also. Everything wouldn’t be dripping with sweat from the windows when we have the heat on.
They will keep the heating bills down by trapping the heat inside instead of trying to heat the great outdoors. Yes and the kids will make up for that by fanning the door open 19 million times a day was the answer I received.
How about the fact that they are safer than the windows we now have? The old windows could be broken into with the tap of your finger in the right place. Someone could break in and kill us in our sleep. Did that faze him? “We have lived here all our lives and never had a problem.” was his response.
Ok, so the time had come to pull out the big guns. Do you know that replacing the old windows with new energy efficient windows can make our home worth up to $25,000 more than it is now? Now I had his attention. “$25,000?” Yes, and should we ever decide to sell this can make a big difference in whether you get a buyer or not. “$25,000?” Yes. How much is this going to cost was his next question.
Well I got an energy efficient replacement window quote online and you would be surprised at how affordable they are. Well maybe we should check this out after all. $25,000? He was hooked.
The fact is that replacing your old windows with new energy efficient windows can do all this and add to the value of your home. Think about it. If you go look at a home, are you going to be happy with old windows that let everything escape and everything in? No, you are not.
After the windows are replaced, I think he needs to learn about how much better new furniture makes your home look.