As home values in San Diego continue to remain strong, more and more people are trying their hand at house flipping. If you do it right, you stand to make a lot of money. On the other hand, if you’re not smart about it, you could lose your shirt in the process.
One of the mistakes we see people making in house flipping in San Diego is cutting corners. Sure, you want to be smart with your renovation dollars, but going cheap on materials and using the least expensive workers you can find will not do you any favors in the long run.
One place you definitely don’t want to compromise is in your home’s windows.
Beware of Putting Cheap Replacement Windows in Your San Diego House Flip
Many people who flip older houses in San Diego choose to replace the home’s windows. This is a smart decision because they can greatly improve the curb appeal of an older house. New windows and a fresh coat of paint can make a run-down house look fresh and new again.
You should be aware, however, that San Diego home buyers are becoming increasingly savvy. Many can spot shoddy work and inferior products a mile away. They know what they’re looking for and don’t want to settle for anything less.
In addition, real estate agents who have been around the block a time or two are typically wise to the money-saving tactics of house flippers. Buyers’ agents who have their clients’ best interests at heart will warn their clients not to buy flipped homes that have things like cheap replacement windows, no matter how “turnkey” they look on the surface.
Adding Value to Your San Diego Home with Replacement Windows
Replacement windows can also add a lot of value to a San Diego home—especially to buyers who are environmentally conscious and looking for ways to save energy. They understand that energy-efficient replacement windows will help them reduce their carbon footprint, and will also keep their monthly energy bills lower—a win-win!
Even for those who don’t consider themselves environmentalists, the prospect of saving money on their heating and cooling costs will no doubt be attractive. And houses with quality replacement windows just feel more comfortable. It’s easier to maintain an optimum temperature when you aren’t letting in as much heat or cold from the outside.
If your flip house is on a busy street, new windows can dramatically help keep the noise down, which can also help with the sale of the house.
In the end, new windows can be a great selling feature in the home, helping you attract more prospective buyers and making sure you get top dollar for your investment.
Choosing the Best Replacement Windows for Your San Diego House Flip
So, if you shouldn’t go with the cheapest replacement windows in the house you’re flipping, does that mean you should go with expensive, high-end replacement windows? Not necessarily.
If your flip is in a more prestigious neighborhood, and you want to get top dollar for the home when it comes time to sell, it might make sense to put in high-quality replacement windows. However, for most flips, moderately priced, but still well-performing replacement windows should do the trick.
Here at BM Windows, all of the windows we sell are very well made and energy efficient, but some have features that offer extra perks that can bump up the price point. For most San Diego house flippers, we would recommend our more moderately priced options. They’re still great windows that pretty much any homeowner would be happy to have in their new home, but they won’t break the bank and swallow all of your house flipping profits.
If you’re getting ready to flip a house, make sure you think about new windows early on in the process. Since replacement windows are custom made for each home, it takes several weeks from the time you order them until the time they are installed. So, as soon as you get the keys for your next house flipping project, give us a call or contact us through our website to set up an appointment. We’ll get the process started as soon as possible so your project can stay on schedule. Our window experts can help you choose the windows that make the most sense for the house you’re flipping. We won’t try to sell you anything you don’t need. Instead, we’ll work with you to select windows that are a great combination of quality and value.