windows replacement
Dan Marshall

From selecting the type of glazing to obtaining aids for energy renovation, do not miss any step for a powerful and economical windows replacement. Follow the 7 tips for windows replacement.

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Type of glazing: identify your needs

Double glazing, triple glazing, sound insulation or burglar-resistant glass: how to choose? It all depends on your requirements. The transition from single to double glazing will amply satisfy your expectations for thermal comfort and energy savings. If necessary, book the triple glazing. Depending on your budget, you can also opt for a glass with sound reduction properties or a thief resistant laminated glass.

Window frame: select the best material for your home

Choose your joinery by comparing the benefits of each material for windows replacement:

  • The PVC offers an excellent price / quality ratio. Robust, it adapts to all environments and is particularly resistant to sun, pollution and sea air.
  • For large windows, or even windows, prefer aluminum. Just as strong, it does not rust and withstands severe weather. Aluminum fits perfectly with a modern aesthetic.
  • Wooden frames will be more suitable for a warm interior. Natural insulation, the wood offers excellent thermal and sound performance.
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Number of windows: prefer living rooms and bathroom

No need to isolate all of your windows for a daily comfort gain. If your budget is limited, you can already have double glazing in the rooms where you spend the most time. Identify the weak points of your home in order to improve its insulation.

Solar factors and degrees of insulation: adapt the technical characteristics to the exposure of your windows

After identifying the windows to be changed, consider the technical characteristics according to the exposure:

Exposed windows North: your priority is to support the level of insulation of these walls. For this, go to the glazing with the lowest thermal coefficient. For example, double glazing generally allows dividing by 2 the thermal coefficient compared to a single glazing.

Exposed windows South: maximize the heat gains brought by the sun by favoring a high solar factor. Make sure you can limit extreme intake in the summer by using blinds or exterior shutters.

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Choose your craftsman: trust the signs of quality

In energy renovation, the signs of quality differ depending on the type of work. When windows replacement, rely on the EGR qualification and quality signs. It also allows you to deal with an interlocutor who knows the financial support schemes for energy renovation. He will therefore be able to direct you on the performance criteria required for the eligibility of your work.

Financial aid: find out beforehand

It is important to compare the devices of renovation aids and identify the one that suits you before signing a quote:

EEC Premium: You can benefit from an EEC Premium for replacing single glazed windows with double glazing. Remember to consult the technical performance criteria to ensure your eligibility. It is imperative to register before the quote is signed to receive this assistance.

CITE: The Energy Transition Tax Credit also covers expenses related to the replacement of single glazed double glazed windows at a rate of 15%. ISCED is for owners and tenants of their homes built more than 2 years ago. This aid may be combined with the EEC Premium.

Dan Marshall

Occasionally, one can see “For Sale By Owner” signs, and some owners think that selling their own home will not only save them money, but believe they have an advantage over the sellers that have their home listed by a reputable Real Estate sales professional. Before you decide to take on this very important and legally complicated process…remember not even most Real Estate Lawyer’s recommend selling your own home yourself in today’s market. Here are a few of the reasons why: 

1. You are limiting your exposure to potential buyers (less than 10% of what a good real estate broker will generate) which theoretically means your home will take ten to fifteen times longer to sell on the market. 

2. The longer a home is on the market the lower the selling price is. Why? Because most buyers think that if the home has not sold after this long… there must be something wrong with the home. 

3. The selling/buying process begins AFTER the buyer leaves your home. Most sellers think that all it takes is for someone to see their home, fall in love with the great decor… and the offer automatically will follow. Remember that the buying process begins after they leave your home. If a real estate sales representative does not represent the buyer, and they are looking on their own…they usually leave the home and start to talk themselves out of the buying process. Real estate professionals are trained on how to overcome buyers remorse–a very common occurrence. 

4. Because of the limited exposure you will very likely end up with a lower selling price. Remember, in order to generate the highest price possible for your home… selling means exposure. You need the maximum exposure possible, to generate the highest price possible. 

5. Most buyers find it extremely awkward to negotiate or even to talk directly with sellers and therefore avoid FSBO properties. 

6. Lack of negotiating experience and lack of pertinent information often will result in a lower selling price, or worse yet, a bungled contract and possible lawsuits. 

7. The majority of qualified buyers are working with experienced real estate professionals. 

8. Many serious buyers will pass by a FSBO home merely because they recognize that it is not in the real estate mainstream, this can some times make them wary. 

9. As most local buyers now retain an experienced real estate sales person to represent them as their buyer-agency, you will probably be negotiating against an experienced professional. 

10. Expected savings in broker’s fees will also be greatly reduced if you offer a selling commission to entice real estate sales representatives to bring potential buyers. 

11. If you are planning to use a Lawyer to help you negotiate the offer, then your lawyer’s fees will be considerably higher. 

12. Only real estate sales representatives have access to the up-to-date market information. News reports cannot approach the timeliness or specificity available to real estate sales people. Further, real estate sales representatives are involved in home sales much more frequently than the average homeowner is. This familiarity leads to a degree of expertise that provides an edge on negotiating and successful selling. 

13. You only pay the commission to the real estate broker, if they successfully sell your home at the price you are happy with. 

14. Accepting an offer is one thing, ensuring a safe and successful closing is quite another. Real estate transactions usually always have problems on closing. At times, expecting the Buyers and Sellers Lawyer’s to fight it out or resolve the problems, can sometimes mean the deal is lost. This is the time that your experienced real estate professional, can be the most important. Your Real Estate professional can act as a great mediator. Lawyers MUST act only on their client’s instructions and are not paid to negotiate.

Dan Marshall

If your home is for sale, and your listing is about to expire, you may be asking yourself, “WHY has my home not SOLD?”

There may be various reasons your home has not SOLD.  Some of the most common reasons listings expire are:

  • Property was overpriced.
  • Lack of exposure in the resale housing market.
  • Little or No Marketing.
  • Lack of motivation to sell.  (Offers not consequently not accepted.)
  • Property did not show well, possibly needed minor repairs or staging.
  • Property was not easy to show/did not vacate home at time of showings.
  • Other active Agents in your market were not made aware of your home for sale.  (Exposure.)
  • Co-operating Agents were not offered attractive compensations for bringing offers to purchase your home.
  • Lack of communication between yourself and the previous Agent.  Little or No Feedback.
  • Very few, or no Open Houses for the Public and fellow Agents.

What kind of marketing was undertaken?

 1)  Agent Open House
 2)  Public Open Houses
 3)  Internet Advertising
 4)  Just listed cards
 5)  MLS Listing
 6)  Mortgage qualification forms for buyers
 7)  Neighborhood/School information for buyers
 8)  Direct Mail
 9)  Print advertising
10) Property feature sheets
11) Real Estate company website
12) Real Estate Magazine Ads
13) Home Staging Professional Consultation
14) Virtual tours

*If you did not receive at least 15 of these services, you were being ” Under Serviced.”*

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