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There may be a window of opportunity in terms of making your house more appealing.

Windows are a focal point in most rooms. They’re usually fairly large, and are either looking out to a view or are covered by large, decorative curtains. Either way, a visitor’s attention is bound to be drawn to them. That’s why it’s smart to put a little time and effort into making sure your windows are in tip-top shape. So here are some tips to help keep your windows looking their best.

Wash them. There’s an old joke about maids who “don’t do windows,” but you don’t have that option if your windows are in need of a good washing. Go through the house and see which windows would benefit from a cleaning. Even if you think they look fine, you may be surprised at how much brighter they’ll be after you’ve washed them.

Spruce them up with paint. Your window frames and sills might benefit from a new coat of paint. Older windows, especially, can be prone to peeling or chipping—sanding and painting them can result in a fresh look. When choosing a color, go with something neutral, such as white or beige.

Make repairs. If there are windows in your house with broken glass that you’ve been covering, it’s time to get that glass fixed. Temporary repairs are not only unsightly, they’re a sign that the homeowner is neglectful. Also, fixing broken locks or anything that prevents windows from fully opening or closing may help you sell faster; however, this can be a costly option if you have older windows.

Remember screens and storm windows. If you haven’t paid close attention to the screens in your windows, there’s a good chance they’ve accumulated some dust. Take them out and wash them with soap and water, and thoroughly rinse them. Be sure to also wash storm windows, if you have them, and bring them down in the winter so that rooms stay warmer. Make repairs to screens or, if necessary, replace them.

Think curtains and blinds. Adding new curtains can not only make your windows look better, they can improve the look of the entire room. If your curtains are faded, torn or dated, consider buying new ones. Don’t go overboard—curtains can get expensive. But if you can find modern curtains at an affordable price, it might help you sell.

Blinds are another consideration. If your blinds are bent or broken, invest in a new, economical set. Also, be sure that your blinds work. If they don’t go up or down easily, that’s another hint that it’s time to invest in a new set. Take the same approach with shades. Replace shades that are torn or aren’t working effectively.