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Home renovation: 6 worst fixes for the money

No. 5: New wood-frame windows
New wood-frame windows © romakoma/

No. 5: New wood-frame windows

Typical cost: $26,000; 58% recouped at resale

Windows are like roofs: If everything's going well, you probably don't think about them.

But when it comes time to replace them, you need a pile of money.

And spending $26,000 on a houseful of new windows is "conservative but realistic," says David Pekel, MCR, CAPS and UDCP, national treasurer for NARI and the president of Milwaukee-based Pekel Construction & Remodeling

You could easily spend more -- $40,000 to $55,000 -- depending on the scope of the project and the windows you select, says Tim Shigley, CGR, CAPS, CGP, chairman of the National Association of Home Builders Remodelers and president of Shigley Construction Co. in Wichita, Kansas.

But if your house has that drafty, leaky feeling, this can be the remedy, Shigley says.

And it will also trim your power bills, says Knoll.

"It's not an aesthetic thing as much as it will help keep costs down," he says. "And buyers are 100% focused on what the cost is to run that house month to month."

Data source: "2015 Remodeling Impact Report" by the National Association of the Remodeling Industry and the National Association of Realtors

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