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4 Home Improvements that Add Higher Resale Value

4 Home Improvements that Add Higher Resale Value

Contemplating selling your Rochester home in the next several years? Make it more alluring to buyers by replacing your windows and front door. And add popular features like energy efficiency and smart home abilities.

These projects are generally less pricey than a in-depth kitchen or master bathroom update. And they may help you get a bigger resale value for your home.

We can help you get in motion now at Pella of Rochester.

Our advisors can help you select the correct 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

Adding 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 compares average costs for 22 renovation projects and their resale values in 136 markets around the country.

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

1. Steel Front Door

A steel front door is usually the smallest cost of the four projects we include. But it can capture the biggest resale value.

Encompass by Pella® provides the most popular front door styles at affordable prices. An elevated frame format for these easy-care doors protects against damaging moisture.

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

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

Browse our modern steel front door designs.

2. Vinyl Windows

Vinyl windows offer one of the highest returns for your money. They’re attractive 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 boost 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 options.

3. Fiberglass Front Door with Sidelights

Improve your home’s curb appeal and attract buyers with an upscale grand entrance. Putting in a prominent fiberglass front door with sidelights is another fantastic way to enhance your resale price.

Pella® Series fiberglass doors have our patented PerformaSeal® design, which helps stop drafts and leaks. And our VividGrain™ stain process provides the real appearance of wood. Pick 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

Browse all the prospects for your fiberglass front door project.

4. Wood Windows

Wood windows also provide a big return for higher home value.

They’re also:

  • Configurable
  • Energy efficient
  • Low maintenance when finished with a cladded surface

Pella® Lifestyle Series offers the beauty and strength of wood combined with flexible style and performance collections. This series provides options that meet or top 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

Discover how you can personalize our wood windows to fit your home’s needs.

Other Most Desirable Features for Home Buyers

Add additional interest for buyers with smart technology and energy-efficient windows.

Smart Technology

A 2018 survey by Coldwell Banker learned buyers desire smart technology in their new homes. Leading the list is security- or safety-related improvements, such as Pella’s Insynctive® system.

This technology uses concealed security sensors that maintain the attractiveness of your Pella windows and doors. With just a tap, you can keey an eye on your windows and doors and move blinds and shades from almost anywhere.2

Energy-Efficient Windows

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

The report revealed highly efficient ENERGY STAR® windows are especially attractive to buyers.

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

Even if you aren’t selling your home right away, installing energy-efficient windows can help you save now.

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

Expert Design Advice at Pella of Rochester

Ready to get underway updating your home? Drop by the Pella of Rochester showroom or give our team a call at 507-847-1060. 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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