When I purchased Flip 5, I knew that at some point I would have to replace the windows. They were original from 1951, and they were rusty & leaking. Beyond the functional aspect, I also did not love that the windows were red. My initial estimate to replace the windows was $25,000. I knew I’d never be able to spend $25,000 on windows! Here’s how I saved over $17,000 on replacement windows and spent far less than $25,000! To save money on replacement windows, check out my 4 tips!
How I Saved $17,000 On Replacement Windows
Problems With The Original Windows
The original windows were old style crank windows. The seals had deteriorated over the years, and the cranks stopped working on most of the windows. If there ever was a fire emergency, these windows would not have provided safety. In addition, on cold days ice would form on the inside of the windows and slowly melt on the sill. The windows were severely decayed.
Using Local, Small Businesses To Order & Install Windows
I have used the same window guy at Flip 2, Flip 3, and Flip 8. I’m a big fan of finding a small business owner that is local– not just for windows. My window guy does the install and works with a local wholesaler to order my windows far cheaper than retail. The expense of labor is one of the biggest costs with windows, so trying to find someone local- who can work with you on the budget- is critical! Ordering through retailers, especially chains like Window World or Andersen are not cheap.
Replace Windows In Segments To Save Money
I chose to replace all of the windows at Flip 5 in segments- rather than all at once. This allows me to budget and pay for the install as I have cash. I do not ever put expenses like this on credit, so it’s critical I’m able to pay cash. I replaced one section of the house in the Fall and the rest of the house in the Spring. This also proved beneficial to my window installers, as they ran into some old-house hurdles on the initial install. They were able to work through those problems and figure out what quirks Flip 5 had, and they were prepared for that in the 2nd segment of installation. If you don’t have the money for all of your windows to be replaced, inquire about replacing some…as you can pay cash.
Choose Custom Windows For The Front Elevation
I really wanted black windows to contrast the white siding on Flip 5. However, black windows are an upgrade– which is code for additional expense. I could not afford to have black windows for the entire house. To save money on window replacements, I chose the custom, upgraded windows for the front elevation only of the home. This gives the front an enhanced curb appeal with minimal expense. The rest of the home, I kept the same style window but chose the less expensive white windows.
Add Upgrades To The Exterior Windows To Save Money On Replacement Windows
Like I said, I really wanted black windows. But they are far from cheap. As a way to get the look I wanted, I chose the black windows on the front only. But I also saved additional money by having the black frame on the exterior only. The front windows are black on the exterior and white on the interior. On the inside of the home, all of the windows have a cohesive look- all the same style and color. By choosing to just have the color accent on the exterior, I saved thousands of dollars.
How Much I Saved On Replacement Windows
The $25,000 original bid came from Anderson Renewal Windows. Obviously an outrageous amount, but I worked to find a way to get all of the windows in the home replaced for far less than that! The total amount I spent was $7,785. I saved $17,215! Isn’t that crazy?