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Jul Thu 24, 2014, 4:20 AM

Thinking about Windows


Unless you’ve had a major replacement recently, you have probably never invested much thought in the windows in your property. Often they’re a structural feature that you simply leave alone unless there is anything wrong! There’s a lot more to windows than ventilation and you can make them a real selling point of your property.

Glazing and Energy Efficiency

The glazing you have on your windows will make a very obvious difference to the way heat dissipates out of your property. A double, or even triple glazed window, can be far better at keeping in heat than a single glazed property and this can save you (or your tenants) considerably on your energy bills. Though it may seem like a big investment at the time, double glazing can really save you money.

Security

Thicker windows are, inevitably, more difficult to break into. The more secure property will more than likely be double glazed and there are plenty of options available in terms of reinforced glass if your property needs to be extra impenetrable. Unbreakable glass may be really important if your tenant is a business who handles a lot of confidential information.

Installation and Suppliers

The installation of new windows on your standard, three bedroom house tends to be a reasonably quick process and may only take a few days. It can be quite disruptive, however, so time your refit for a time that is agreeable with your tenants and be sure to cover yourself with Unoccupied Property Insurance if your property will be uninhabitable for any length of time. Suppliers, also, will usually be able to negotiate a good price for you as the market is very competitive.

New windows might not be the first thing on your mind at the moment, but there are a lot of reasons they may be beneficial to you. Weigh up the energy savings against the cost in the long term and remember that all of these installations may help you to attract new tenants or to increase the value of your property when it comes to selling on.

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