Tips and Tricks for New Homeowners

New Cleveland Homeowner? Window World Can Help

Did you recently purchase an older home or complete fixer-upper, in the Cleveland area? If you’re feeling overwhelmed, Window World of Cleveland can help.

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House prices in Cleveland rose by 1.5 percent last year, according to cleveland.com, and that number could continue to grow throughout 2015. As families look to purchase homes for the first time, or downsize for retirement, many will opt for an older, more affordable home, versus a brand new build.

In fact, according to the cleveland.com article, a chairman of the index committee at S&P Dow Jones Indices suggested that sales of existing homes in early 2015 were consistent with normal trends, while new homes sales remained weaker.

As more people purchase older homes, they may find themselves overwhelmed at first glance. So where does one begin when it comes to home remodeling? Window World of Cleveland is here to be your guide!

Where do I start with my fixer-upper home?

While transforming an old home or fixer-upper can be a lot of fun, it also requires a lot of time, money and energy. If this is your first experience fixing up your home, here are a few things you should keep top-of-mind.

The Condition of the Home’s Exterior Material

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Whether your home is composed of bricks, wood or vinyl siding, it is imperative to assess and understand the condition of your exterior material. Is your foundation sturdy? Are there cracks in your home’s exterior that could lead to leaks or unwanted temperature changes in the future? Even if your home passed rigorous inspections before you purchased it, it’s smart to give it one more once over while you’re working through renovations.

Soffit Lining & Roofing

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This is a big one. Cracks or damage to your roofing can cause big trouble in your home. Excessive wear or damage to soffit lining may also cause problems in your home. Without proper soffit lining, your exterior may not be properly protected from the elements. Soffit helps move water build-up from rain away from your home, and protects your exterior from humidity damage. Without proper soffit lining, your home could become subject to black mold or other water damage issues.

Windows & Doors

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Windows, entry doors and garage doors serve a purpose other than adding curb appeal to your home. If your home is equipped with old, non-insulated windows and doors, consider an upgrade. Adding energy efficient windows and entry doors with proper insulation to your home can help save you a significant amount of money on energy bills. And, it doesn’t hurt that new windows & doors can make a huge difference in overall appearance!

And those are just a few good places to start! At Window World of Cleveland, we suggest beginning with the structural elements of your home, such as windows, doors and exterior materials, before getting into the nitty-gritty of interior design. It’s imperative that the structure of your home is safe, and up to date, above all else.

Still feeling overwhelmed? Stop by our showroom, or request a free estimate for new windows, doors or siding today! We are happy to help guide you in your decisions and provide you with information that will help you transform your new old home. Contact Window World of Cleveland today!


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