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I'm in two minds about whether or not to get quoted for double glazing. At our flat owner's meeting the other day, one of our number brought up the topic and said she was thinking of having double glazing put in next spring, and wondered if anyone else wanted to join in -- we might get a discount if more people decide to go for it at the same time.

Funnily enough, the thought had already crossed my mind fleetingly that same week, but I had dismissed it as being too much of an expense at the present time. However, my windows and more importantly, my window frames, date from 1949...which means that although they classify as decorative and original features, they aren't really up to modern-day specs. Also, the painters that painted them 3 years ago did a really bad job with the paint flaking off and exposing the wood underneath, leaving me to suspect that the condition they're in isn't that good anymore, either. If I said yes to double glazing, I wouldn't have to have another bad experience with housepainters delivering shoddy workmanship ever again...

The company she had approached about this has already replaced the windows in several flats in our building, and the owners of those flats wholeheartedly recommend them. They already have the measurements of the windows and going with them would greatly enhance the uniformity of the building as a whole, which is something to be considered as well...

So I'm thinking of adding my name to the list of interested parties, but however am I going to pay for it all if the majority decision is to go for the replacement? I have some money saved up for essential repairs, but there's nowhere near enough in the kitty for such a major alteration to be carried out on my premises. How does one go about this sort of thing? Why does no one in my family apart from me own their own home? Why did I have to wake up one day and decide I was going to buy a house, and 4 days later I had done exactly that? Why couldn't I have stayed in rented accommodation, and never have to worry about maintenance cost and what have you? Sometimes I think having my own flat is more trouble than it's worth.

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quietlychaotic
Sep. 24th, 2006 08:34 pm (UTC)
I can't be much help, but you do have my sympathy, my house eats money like it's going out of fashion *LOL* Goodluck!
gamiila
Sep. 24th, 2006 08:49 pm (UTC)
I'm sure I'll figure it out once the panic dies down.
bogwitch
Sep. 24th, 2006 08:39 pm (UTC)
>>How does one go about this sort of thing?

Save the shoe budget?
gamiila
Sep. 24th, 2006 08:48 pm (UTC)
Well, that's a no then. ;-)
curiouswombat
Sep. 24th, 2006 09:13 pm (UTC)
We definitely use our heating a lot less since we had ours done, and it is a lot quieter as well. I had a savings plan that matured and paid for ours - 9 windows and 2 doors were about £3,000 if I remember rightly. I think I would see it as a good reason to take out a home-improvement loan.
gamiila
Sep. 24th, 2006 09:44 pm (UTC)
Lower heating cost...another good reason to go for it. Just wish I wasn't so scared of the thought of being in debt!
enigmaticblues
Sep. 24th, 2006 10:30 pm (UTC)
Yeah, that's one thing I really like about living in an apartment. Also, not having to take care of a lawn, which you typically have to do over here.
gamiila
Sep. 25th, 2006 04:54 am (UTC)
Yep, there are definite advantages to renting. OTOH, there are definite advantages to buying/owning as well. Already, my flat has been valued at very nearly twice the price I paid for it...without the double glazing!

(of course, it was the Inland Revenue that came up with such an inflated assessment, but still...if I sold it now, I probably would make a profit - especially since I haven't really invested in it yet except for some plaster and paint).
__kali__
Sep. 25th, 2006 08:41 pm (UTC)
How much would it cost to have your windows done? I hearilty recommend double glazing, especially on cold winter nights when the wind is howling.
gamiila
Sep. 26th, 2006 05:17 am (UTC)
How much would it cost to have your windows done?

I don't know, but according to the neighbours who've already had theirs done, I should budget for some 8,000-10,000 euros (£5000-£7000), depending on what exactly I decide to have done...which seems to me like an awful lot of money. But perhaps it doesn't hurt to get quoted anyway. I can always decide once I know the figures.
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