Hurricane Windows and Home Value

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Hurricane Windows can bring lots of value to your home in Florida! 

Did you know that in South Florida, homes with hurricane impact windows sell faster and for more money than homes without? Even if your home is equipped with hurricane accordion shutters or roll down shutters, those too bring more value when selling your home.  In the wake of Hurricane Irma many South Floridians are questioning what they can do to better prepare for the next storm. My thought is this, if you can afford it you might want to consider adding hurricane windows and or at least easy to close accordion shutters. The pros for accordion shutters are they are generally less expensive than hurricane windows. The biggest draw backs for accordion shutters is you have to keep them maintained and cleaned so they close easily when you need them. Also, you have to be home before the storm to close them or you could be S.O.L..  New hurricane windows do not only look much better, they are better at keeping noises out and are more air tight which leads to better efficiency and added security to your home. There are a range of styles, prices and grades of windows with some carrying the Energy Star Rating. If you live in a Homeowner's Association Community (HOA) you will most likely need to get their blessing before installing windows, electric or accordion shutters. The best time to purchase hurricane protection is usually after the hurricane season is over. At that time companies tend to be more flexible in pricing and can get the job done sooner rather than later. If you wait until hurricane season starts then you will probably lose any bargaining power.  The key to living in a hurricane prone area is to be prepared ahead of time. 

If your home is already equipped with hurricane windows and you are thinking about selling, contact me today as I have buyers looking for homes with hurricane windows here in the Palm Beaches. For more information on how to get more value from your home keep reading below. Anytime you have real estate questions or are thinking about selling or purchasing a home please contact me and I will love to have a confidential chat with you.  In the meantime, stay safe and stay prepared. 


How to Increase Your Home's Value

Project (average cost recouped, national) according to Realtor Magazine:

Minor kitchen remodel (88%)

Bathroom remodel (85%)

Major kitchen remodel (81%)

Family room addition (80%)

Master suite (75%)

Siding replacement (73%)

Window replacement (69%) If replacing with economical hurricane windows then this amount could be as high as 100% and above in South Florida! 

Home office (55%)


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Article by: Joseph Crawford. Joseph is a Realtor with Keller Williams Realty and works in the Palm Beach County area with a primary focus on fine homes from Palm Beach Island to Boca Raton and beyond. Please contact Joseph for all of you real estate needs.