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The Sears Mishap House Myth


Savannah, Georgia is no stranger to local and colorful tales, especially haunted ones, giving it the dubious title of one of the most haunted places in America. One urban legend at 32 Habersham Street is a little less sinister, however, concerning a house said to be installed upside down. Welcome to the Sears mishap house myth.

The Sears Mishap House Myth

Renewal by Andersen® of Memphis, your local windows installation pro, takes a closer look at this myth and if, indeed, their peculiar windows were installed upside down.

The Sears Catalog Home

The house in question is a peach-colored dwelling featuring unique, green-shuttered windows with a characteristic decorative style. Passersby note that this style makes the windows appear to be installed upside down. According to local legend, this “mishap” was the result of either the homeowner or the window contractor purchasing the windows from a Sears catalog and, not familiar with how they should be installed, oriented them the wrong way.

While the myth can be definitely proven wrong, the owners of the house, much to their chagrin, are aware of the house’s reputation that they’ve resorted to hanging signs indicating that the windows are not upside down. It just looks that way because the top part of the windows opens to vent hot air from within. And, they profess, no part of the home was bought from Sears.

Proper Window Installation

While most people know by now that this is a myth, they still tend to believe it. Still, at Renewal by Andersen, we assure you that we will make no such apparent mistakes, whether installing custom or double hung windows. All Renewal by Andersen installers have received training and certification from our facilities and undergo continuing training from relevant institutions, making them unlikely to make such rookie mistakes. In addition, our products have a recognizable profile that guests, homeowners, and installers can tell if the window is right side up or not. In fact, we are so confident of our installers’ ability that we offer a Transferable Limited Warranty that includes a 2-year installation coverage.

And if you want an “upside down” window? Say no more.

Renewal by Andersen® of Atlanta is your leading provider of custom and casement windows. Give us a call at (510) 263-3210 or fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment. We serve homeowners in Atlanta.


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