Here is my first financial goal for 2012. My husband really wants us to get new windows and siding on our house this year. The tough thing about making this goal is I have no clue how much it costs to replace windows and siding on a house.
I found an online calculator for replacing vinyl siding for a home our size (approximately 1750 sq ft) with a "mid-range" budget came up to $7,875.
Windows are tougher to estimate. I counted 11 windows (including the 2 small ones in the garage), but most of the windows have more than one panel so I don't know if that counts as more than one window. The one in our living room for example is a big window, but it's divided into 4 panels. So if each panel is considered a window then we have 21 windows in our house. But I think the official count is 11 and they just may vary in price for the different sizes. We also have to replace our front door and the door going into our garage. So since I have no idea how many official windows we have, it's tough to estimate. One website says this:
Expect to pay an average of $300-$700 per window for replacements placed inside existing (and structurally intact) window frames, but it could go as high as $1,000 per window, for a range of $3,000-$10,000 for a one-story, three-bedroom home with 10 windows. Larger, two-story homes with more windows can run $10,000-$20,000... If the existing window frame is rotted or damaged in any way... it can cost as much as 50-100 percent more than replacement windows, or $5,000-$40,000.So we could get lucky and only have to pay $3,000 (doubtful) or go as high as $40,000. Some of the windows are showing a little damage, I just hope it didn't damage the frame.
If I estimate our windows will cost $500 on average and we have 11 windows plus 2 doors (I'll guess $500 each on those too), we would spend about $6,500. I'm guessing it's probably an additional fee to get them installed too. We had a patio door installed a couple years ago (that I'm hoping is still nice enough to keep), and I think it was $2,500 just for that! So, $6,500 is probably too low.
So without getting an estimate, it is tough to know how much to save. Maybe I should just save as much as possible until August and then get an estimate from whatever company we are considering. If it fits in the budget, then we can get them done in September. Otherwise, we will have to hold on for one more winter.
For now, I'm going to make it my goal to save $20,000 by September 1. Right now I have $6,791 saved (and that's ignoring our emergency fund). My after tax income is roughly $1,500 per month and there are 8.5 months left until September so I should make $12,750 to add to the $6,791 and would be $19,541 which just under $20,000. But, I'm hoping to adjust my tax withholding once we file our income taxes in a few weeks and I'll (hopefully) have a better idea of how much to withhold. So I'm hoping just by adjusting the tax withholding I'll be taking home at least another $100 per month and then this goal will be more easily attainable.