Is your client selling an older home? If the original windows are still in place, they should be recognized as an asset. Original windows add to the historic integrity of the home. They can be repaired and maintained, which is less expensive than replacement—particularly over the long-term. And, with a proper storm window, they are just as energy-efficient as replacements. You can promote “original wood windows” as a selling feature of any older home. And if the homeowner has original storms and screens, that’s an additional asset to note in the home listing. Please, encourage your client not to replace the windows before listing the home—if anything, consider minor repairs to make sure the windows show well.
Is your client buying an older home? Original windows are a feature that you can point out as a plus. If you’re not sure the windows are in good shape, feel free to call us for an assessment. We can help you price the cost of any needed repairs, as a consideration in the pricing negotiation.
Learn more through a free seminar! Open Window offers a brief seminar on historic windows to realtor groups, so that you can speak with authority about older windows, their advantages, their energy profile, and how they compare to replacements. Call us to plan a “lunch-n-learn” or morning coffee on original wood windows.
For Your Client’s Sake: Window Restoration
If you are designing a renovation for a space that currently has older windows, give your clients the choice of restoring or replacing. Restoration of original windows is a “no compromises” option because it’s usually less expensive, and always more historically correct and more environmentally conscientious than replacement. Recognizing the restoration option in your plans will help build trust with your clients, and demonstrate your knowledge of historic detail.
If you’re not sure that the windows can be repaired or restored, call us for a free estimate for your client. Again, you’ll be acting in their best interests—and the best interests of their home.
If you can’t use original windows—for example, if you need to meet a building code that requires windows of a certain size—you can encourage your client to recycle the old windows, with our help. We’ll be happy to pick up unneeded wood windows to use in other restoration situations.
A Note From Karen – The Client’s Point of View
I recently decided to renovate the attic in my 1929 home. It housed two sets of original windows, and one slightly-newer wood window that had been installed as part of a dormer. My architect—a gifted and very successful professional, whose designs I love—specified all new windows. He said, “You’ll want to replace those old ones.”
“Actually, I don’t want to,” I said. “I want to keep them.”
“They haven’t been well-maintained,” he said.
“I think they can still be restored,” I answered.
“They won’t look right when everything else is new,” he said.
“We’ll see...” I insisted.
Take a look for yourself: [Pictures coming very soon!]
Here’s the point: I still appreciate my architect’s talents, but what I really wanted him to say was, “Let’s explore restoration versus replacement.” I wanted his expertise in understanding the pro’s and con’s of each approach. I wanted to see that he respects the integrity of the old windows and is as charmed by the wavy glass and rich wood as I am.
You can be that architect, by giving your clients the “No Compromises” choice: Restoration.
Meet With Us to Learn More
Open Window is happy to set up a one-on-one with you and other members of your firm to discuss window restoration as an option in home renovation. Marybeth Robb, who earned a certificate in historic preservation from Drew University, and won the Bersheeba Award for historic preservation in Ocean Grove, NJ, would also be happy to work with you on a specific client project, or to offer an assessment to your clients before renovation decisions are finalized. Let’s be partners in retaining the best features of old homes
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