It’s normal for any smart property owner to constantly be on the lookout for little improvements that might increase the value of their home, for when they decide to sell. A little-known fact is that hurricane impact windows are among the best home improvements you could add to your home, both for the moment, and in the long-term. So yes, the first and most obvious benefit of impact windows is that they will protect you and your loved ones in the face of a natural disaster. But they’ll also do more than that – they act as effective noise reduction, boost security, and increase the value of your home.
But by how much?
Well, the question is a bit more complex than that and unfortunately, no one can give you an exact figure as an answer to this question. Why? Because while impact windows are a very valuable addition to your home, they don’t automatically increase the value itself.
Rather, hurricane impact windows will constitute a major selling point when you do decide to put your current home on the market. Why is that? Well, a bunch of reasons, actually.
First of all, there’s the obvious safety factor. Buyers will feel more inclined to put trust in a home that is secured against natural disasters, especially if you live in a hurricane-prone area such as Florida.
Then, there’s the cost. There’s no secret, impact windows can be a very costly addition to your home (one that, we feel, is totally worth it). And it’s natural for potential buyers to also consider additional costs, in terms of what they’d like added to the property. If your home already has impact windows installed, you’re taking a major load off their shoulders.
Impact windows also come with many additional benefits, as mentioned, such as noise reduction and increased security (they offer better protection in case of a burglary or other similar incidents). Potential buyers will also consider this when looking at your property, and it can justify a higher price than would be expected.
Lastly, it also depends on who you’re selling to. While some will view hurricane protection as a must (particularly if you’re addressing a luxury market), others will be fine with or without them. So really, it also pays to think a little about your potential future buyers.
So, to answer our title question, will hurricane windows add value to your home?
Certainly. And they can constitute a major selling point, which could justify a higher selling price when you decide to part with your home. However, impact windows won’t work miracles, and usually won’t allow you to ask tens of thousands more dollars if your home isn’t worth it.
That being said, the added real estate value is only one small aspect of impact windows. They should still be a necessity for any home, particularly those that exist in high-risk areas. It’s not even about real estate, it’s about your safety first.