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4 Home Improvements that Add Higher Resale Value

4 Home Improvements that Add Higher Resale Value

Considering selling your Decatur home in the next several years? Make it more valuable to buyers by changing your windows and front door. And add most-wanted features like energy efficiency and smart home functions.

These enhancements are usually less expensive than a major kitchen or master bathroom update. And they may help you get a larger resale value for your home.

We can help you get started now at Pella of Decatur.

Our advisors can help you choose the right windows and doors for your home. And provide expert advice for every piece of your project—from product choice to a no mess, no guess installation day.

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4 Best Renovation Projects to Increase Home Value

Installing new windows and upgrading your front door are some of the easiest ways to boost your home’s value, according to Remodeling Magazine’s 2019 Cost vs Value Report.

The report analyzes average costs for 22 renovation projects and their resale values in 136 markets around the country.

When selling your home, you can predict to reclaim around 70 percent of the total for new windows and doors. That’s about 10 percent more than a high-end kitchen or bathroom renovation that costs significantly more.

1. Steel Front Door

A steel front door is often the most reasonable cost of the four projects we include. But it can recover the highest resale value.

Encompass by Pella® offers the most wanted front door styles at affordable prices. An elevated frame format for these low-maintenance doors shields against damaging moisture.

Here’s how a new steel front door ranks for cost and added value:

  • Average cost for replacement: $1,826
  • Average increased home value: $1,368
  • Return on investment: 74 percent

Check out our contemporary steel front door styles.

2. Vinyl Windows

Vinyl windows offer one of the highest returns for your cost. They’re enticing to buyers because they’re energy efficient and low maintenance. No scraping or painting necessary.

Priced to fit any budget, Pella® vinyl windows have customizable options like triple-pane glass and InsulShield® to increase energy efficiency.

Here’s how new vinyl windows measure for cost and added value:

  • Average cost for whole-home window replacement: $16,802
  • Average increased home value: $12,332
  • Return on investment: 73 percent

Check out our energy-efficient vinyl window solutions.

3. Fiberglass Front Door with Sidelights

Enhance your home’s curb appeal and wow buyers with a fancy grand entrance. Installing a prominent fiberglass front door with sidelights is another fantastic way to increase your resale price.

Pella® Series fiberglass doors have our exclusive PerformaSeal® design, which helps halt drafts and leaks. And our VividGrain™ stain process offers the authentic look of wood. Choose from most-desired styles like flush-glazed full light, craftsman light and more.

Here’s how this project rates for cost and added value:

  • Average cost: $8,994
  • Average increased home value: $6,469
  • Return on investment: 71 percent

See all the prospects for your fiberglass front door project.

4. Wood Windows

Wood windows also bring a large return for increased home value.

They’re also:

  • Customizable
  • Energy efficient
  • Low maintenance when connected with a cladded exterior

Pella® Lifestyle Series brings the beauty and durability of wood combined with flexible style and performance possibilities. This series provides options that fulfill or exceed ENERGY STAR® guidelines in all 50 states.1

Here’s how new wood windows rank for cost and added value:

  • Average cost for whole-home window replacement: $20,526
  • Average increased home value: $14,530
  • Return on investment: 70 percent

Find out how you can individualize our wood windows to match your home’s needs.

Other Most Desirable Features for Home Buyers

Add more appeal for buyers with smart technology and energy-efficient windows.

Smart Technology

A 2018 survey by Coldwell Banker found buyers desire smart technology in their new homes. At the top of the list is security- or safety-related upgrades, like Pella’s Insynctive® system.

This technology uses out-of-sight security sensors that preserve the attractiveness of your Pella windows and doors. With just a tap, you can keey an eye on your windows and doors and control blinds and shades from nearly anywhere.2

Energy-Efficient Windows

Nearly 90 percent of buyers are looking for a home with energy-efficient windows, according to a 2019 report by the National Association of Home Builders.

The report found highly efficient ENERGY STAR® windows are especially appealing to buyers.

  • 51 percent listed them as “desirable”
  • 38 percent deem them “essential”

Even if you aren’t selling your home immediately, putting in energy-efficient windows can help you save today.

The average homeowner can save $126–$465 annually when substituting single-pane windows with ENERGY STAR windows.

Expert Design Advice at Pella of Decatur

Ready to begin upgrading your home? Come to the Pella of Decatur showroom or give our team a buzz at 217-423-7722. We’re happy to answer any questions you have.

Or, request a free, in-home consultation.

1Some Pella products may not meet ENERGY STAR® guidelines in Canada. For more information, contact your local Pella sales representative or go to energystar.gc.ca.
2Requires connection to a compatible home automation system and smart device.

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