23Jun 2015

Window shopping – First time buyer of a period home?

Are you a first time buyer looking to do the very best for your home? Chances are you’ve already spent a fortune and are wondering how to best capitalise on your investment and make the absolute most of your new home. There are things that can make an instant difference to the look and feel of your property – especially if your home is an older, period property. Period properties have always been popular but recently interest in them has begun to soar, not least because of their traditional charm and room for customisation. Combining the old look and feel of a property with modern touches and conveniences is all the rage these days, but it’s important to make the right decisions when it comes to certain elements of your home. One of those elements is your choice of windows.

Windows are important because they affect the look and feel of your home  not just on the inside, where you spend the majority of your time and host guests, but also on the outside, which can impact how your property is perceived and valued. First time buyers in particular might be tempted to rip out old windows in favour of something new if they’ve bought a dated property. They see wood sash windows and wood casement windows as being old fashioned, non-desirable and not fit for modern purpose, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. While it’s true that wood sash windows in an older property might well be worn and draughty, all they need is a bit of a refurb and some TLC and you’ll surprised at the difference it can make. Wood sash windows are a popular choice even in modern homes because of the way they look and the charm they add to any property, but what many people don’t realise is that these windows are just as energy efficient and functional as their modern counterparts when their potential is realised. So before you spend and arm and a leg on tearing out old windows and installing new ‘modern’ ones, take a moment to reflect on the value more traditional windows are actually adding to your property, both in terms of how they perform and how they make you feel.