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You’ve been thinking about remodeling your kitchen but worry that you won’t be able to recoup the costs if you sell your home. Or maybe you have an endless list of home improvement projects, but you’re just not sure where to get started — or how much you can expect to spend.
Garage door replacements give homeowners one of the biggest returns, with more than 94 percent of the cost recouped when the house is sold.
The reason? “Curb appeal,” says Barry Brownstone, owner of Sears Garage Solutions in the Chicago area. The garage “is the largest part you see when you pull up to a house—it’s the focal point of the house.” Brownstone especially encourages those thinking about selling their house to replace an old garage door with a new one that has windows. “It’s a great selling point.”
The most popular garage door style right now—and the least expensive—is a traditional steel door, Brownstone says. Sears also offers carriage-door styles in custom wood and steel, as well as premier carriage-door styles.
If a kitchen remodel is on your mind, but you’re worried about the cost, think about a smaller project. A minor mid-range kitchen project has a much better payoff (recouping almost 78 percent of the cost) than a major mid-range kitchen project (recouping almost 59 percent), according to the 2020 Cost vs. Value Report.
Check out the chart below to see how much home improvement projects will help increase your home’s curb appeal.
Still wondering what projects might offer the best payoff? Schedule a free in-home consultation to get things started today.
4 Bonus Tips
Check out these maintenance tips to help keep your home in good shape.
Tip: Check your garage door and opener for the safety sensors, sometimes called “electric eyes.” If your garage door is older, or if it has not been properly maintained or installed, the safety sensors might not be functional. Properly connect and align the sensors or replace them.
Tip: Deal with drafts promptly. Touch up windows with caulk to cut down on energy bills.
Tip: Visually inspect your room from the ground twice a year. If you see moss or algae, call in an expert.
Tip: Spring is a great time to test the weather-stripping on your exterior doors. If you feel a draft when you run your hand along the bottom and sides, replace the stripping.
When was the last time you looked at your house from the outside and said, “Wow, I love my home’s windows?” Or, have you recently commented that there was a cool draft or hot air seeping inside your home through the windows? If either is the case (or both!) then perhaps it’s time for home improvement services
Whether you’re looking for new replacement windows for energy efficiency or to spruce up the look of your home, the experts at Sears Home Services are ready to handle your job. If you’re like most homeowners, the mere thought of a big window project is daunting and you don’t know where to begin. Laura Elliott, Product Manager at Sears Home Services answered some of the top questions that customers ask.
1. What type of windows can I buy from Sears Home Services?
We sell many different shapes and styles including garden windows, patio doors, double hung, geometric, end-venting sliders, double sliders, bay window, bow window, awning and picture window.
When it’s time to install new windows, we invite you to schedule a free at-home consultation with a Sears window expert. Our expert will explain your options, so you can choose the windows that are right for your house. Choose among three levels of quality—good, better, best—to find the replacement windows that suit your budget.
3. Are Sears windows energy efficient?
All Sears home replacement windows are ENERGY STAR® rated,, which means the windows meet specific U-value and shading coefficient ratings for one or more regions of the country. Ratings vary by window or door style, glass type and the design.
4. Do I have to replace all windows at one time?
No! We can do as few as two to three windows at a time, but please note that handling all of your home’s window replacement at one time may offer you savings.
5. How long does a window installation job take?
6. What is the average cost of windows from Sears Home Services?
Prices depend on the window shape, type and style. Our expert will explain your options, so you can choose the windows that are right for your house and budget.
7. Do I have to pay for a Sears window replacement or installation in full?
We offer flexible payment options. Get it now, pay later. We offer low monthly payments, instant credit and financing.
8. Are replacement windows installed by Sears guaranteed?
Yes! All work is guaranteed by Sears and covered under trusted warranties.
9. When I hire Sears for a windows project, what do I have to do to get the project started?
We take care of everything from permits and scheduling to product delivery and inspections. We work as a team from start to finish both locally and centrally.
10. There are many window companies out there. Why should I choose Sears for my window replacement?
We’re committed to your satisfaction. Home Advisor awarded us Best of Home Advisor 2019, honoring Sears Home Services for extraordinary quality of work practices, customer service, ratings and reviews, and overall value.
Call or click to schedule your free in-home consultation for windows replacement and installation service. You’ll love how your new windows from Sears Home Services make your home more attractive and energy efficient.