One of ProMaster’s favorite jobs is to install and egress window. Egress windows add safety, value and appeal to your home. Check out a blog post and video explaining all the benefits of installing an egress window. Installation is a long, messy process and definitely a challenge for even the most skilled do-it-yourselfer’s. Below is a walk-through of the installation process to see how messy it can get and how surprisingly clean your yard is left!
For a demonstration on all the benefits of an egress window, view the video below!
Ensure a Safe Exit Route with an Egress Window
An egress window will resolve one of the most important safety issues of a basement living space. Namely, someone will get out of the basement should the primary exit become blocked by a fire or other emergency.
This situation I pray never occurs to anyone, but like a boy scout, should we now always be prepared? If a fire were to break out upstairs in your home while you are in the basement, what is your current exit strategy? Do you have a stairwell leading to the garage? Will you try to squeeze through the tiny windows that are already there? An egress window can be customized to your specifications, making it easy for kids, adults and the elderly to escape.
Benefits of an Egress Window
Now, there are multiple benefits to an egress window, and not all require a scary scenario to understand. In order to assure you that I’m not aiming to scare you, here is a full list of benefits of an egress window:
- Legally market a basement room as a bedroom (more on that below)
- Increased lighting
- Increased air flow
- Can be added anywhere in your basement
Increase Home Value with an Egress Window!
Egress windows also add substantial value to your home and are one of the only projects that you will fully recoup your cost in resale value. The total cost of installation of an egress window is about $6000 dollars.
However, if you have all the other qualifications for a bedroom (closet and at least 10 ft by 10 ft area) then you can market that as a bedroom when it comes time to sell your house. The current average for value per livable space in Cincinnati is $75 per square feet. That means a 12×12 room will be worth roughly $10,000 for only $6,000 worth of installation