Join Early Retirement Today
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
New Windows?
Old 02-22-2014, 01:28 PM   #1
Dryer sheet aficionado
Join Date: Jan 2012
Posts: 32
New Windows?

Would appreciate some opinions on the following question. I am currently 45 and planning to leave full time employment and be FI by 55. We currently live in a house that is nearly paid off and is in need of new windows. Wife and I have desires to live in the south in a small condo / town home, at least during winters (live in PA), after 55. We are undecided regarding the sale of our primary residence. We believe Andersen Woodwright windows are the best for our budget but could get Vinyl for about 40% less. All my research and feedback from two contractor friends tell me the Anderson wood clad is the answer. Questions:

1. Do we spend the money for a better?

2. If we sell in 10 years, would a better quality window help house sale?

3. anyone keep their primary residence and purchase a second home after retirement and FI?

Thanks much


Pharmmgr is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 Early Retirement and Financial Independence Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

Are you planning to be financially independent as early as possible so you can live life on your own terms? Discuss successful investing strategies, asset allocation models, tax strategies and other related topics in our online forum community. Our members range from young folks just starting their journey to financial independence, military retirees and even multimillionaires. No matter where you fit in you'll find that is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with our members, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create a retirement blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 02-22-2014, 01:35 PM   #2
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
Join Date: May 2004
Posts: 10,898
If homes like yours, in your area, usually have "upscale" windows (wood clad, etc) then your home might sell more quickly if you've got the upscale windows. If comparable homes typically have vinyl windows, or if there's a smattering of both, then you are very unlikely to see an appreciable payback on any extra money you spend for wood/wood clad windows over vinyl. As far as comfort and function, good-quality vinyl windows will be just as good as wood-clad windows.
We're very happy with the Alside vinyl windows we had installed about 9 years ago.

"Freedom begins when you tell Mrs. Grundy to go fly a kite." - R. Heinlein
samclem is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-22-2014, 02:08 PM   #3
Gumby's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 9,222
I think you should ignore the potential effect on resale and just get the proper windows for the house -- ones that you will enjoy seeing and using.

Our house is 157 years old and located in a historic district full of similarly aged houses. When we bought it, the original double hung windows were still in place. But they were drafty and could be opened and closed only with difficulty. Five years ago, we replaced every window in the house (all 30 of them) with Marvin Ultimate all wood windows (Marvin Double Hung Windows for New Construction & Remodeling). They were quite expensive, but were the closest we could find to the originals. We love the way they look and work. And it was the proper thing to do for the house, which we hope will continue to please generations after us, as it has before us.
Living an analog life in the Digital Age.
Gumby is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-22-2014, 02:28 PM   #4
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
Rustic23's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Lake Livingston, Tx
Posts: 3,425
Gumby +1

It has been a while since I was doing residential real estate appraising, but I never remember giving a house more value for the type of windows. Like Samclem said, it really depends on what is around you. High end windows may increase the likely hood of a sale, but generally not the price paid.
If it is after 5:00 when I post I reserve the right to disavow anything I posted.
Rustic23 is offline   Reply With Quote

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
New construction windows and doors WanderALot Other topics 6 09-28-2011 10:53 AM
new windows mn54 Other topics 21 05-02-2010 08:42 AM
Tax Credit For new windows - Real Savings? FUEGO Other topics 9 03-12-2009 09:50 AM
Windows: Add/Remove Programs cube_rat Other topics 2 04-09-2006 06:46 PM
Harleys & Double Paned Windows cube_rat Other topics 13 11-30-2005 06:52 PM


All times are GMT -6. The time now is 01:51 PM.
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.