Q: I have a 1950s home. Last year I remodeled, but did not change out the windows. I got an estimate yesterday (for new windows) at $8,200. Would that be a good investment? --Gayle H. A: The answer to that question depends on exactly what you mean by it being a good investment. First of all, I'm a big fan of changing out older, single-pane windows for new energy-efficient ones. They save on utility costs; they help conserve energy for all of us; and they'll make your home quieter and more comfortable. So from the standpoint of comfort and reduced utility bills, it's definitely a good investment. Most of today's buyers are looking for energy efficiency when they shop for a home, and many probably would rather not have to tackle a remodeling project as extensive as changing out a house full of windows. So as a selling feature to make a home more attractive to a buyer, again it's definitely a good investment. Finally, we would need to look at it from a strictly financial pers...
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