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4 Home Improvements that Add Higher Resale Value

4 Home Improvements that Add Higher Resale Value

Thinking about selling your Westerly home in the next couple of years? Make it more attractive to buyers by replacing your windows and front door. And add popular features like energy efficiency and smart home capabilities.

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

We can help you get started today at Pella of Westerly.

Our advisors can help you choose the correct windows and doors for your home. And offer expert advice for every part of your project—from product ordering to a no mess, no guess installation day.

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4 Best Renovation Projects to Increase Home Value

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

The report evaluates 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 remodeling that costs significantly more.

1. Steel Front Door

A steel front door is usually the most reasonable cost of the four projects we list. But it can recoup the largest resale value.

Encompass by Pella® delivers the most desired front door styles at competitive prices. An elevated frame style for these easy to care for doors shields 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

Check out our contemporary steel front door models.

2. Vinyl Windows

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

Priced to work with any budget, Pella® vinyl windows feature customizable choices like triple-pane glass and InsulShield® to increase energy efficiency.

Here’s how new vinyl windows rate 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

Browse our energy-efficient vinyl window solutions.

3. Fiberglass Front Door with Sidelights

Enhance your home’s curb appeal and attract buyers with an upscale grand entrance. Adding a striking fiberglass front door with sidelights is another great way to add to your resale price.

Pella® Series fiberglass doors have our signature PerformaSeal® design, which helps halt drafts and leaks. And our VividGrain™ stain method offers the real appearance of wood. Select from most-desired styles like flush-glazed full light, craftsman light and more.

Here’s how this project ranks 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 provide a big return for increased home value.

They’re also:

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

Pella® Lifestyle Series includes the beauty and durability of wood included with versatile style and performance possibilities. This series offers options that qualify for or surpass ENERGY STAR® guidelines in all 50 states.1

Here’s how new wood windows rate 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 customize our wood windows to meet 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 discovered buyers desire smart technology in their new homes. Heading the list is security- or safety-related upgrades, like Pella’s Insynctive® system.

This technology uses concealed security sensors that preserve the beauty of your Pella windows and doors. With just a tap, you can monitor your windows and doors and manage blinds and shades from virtually 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 appealing to buyers.

  • 51 percent rated them as “desirable”
  • 38 percent consider them “essential”

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

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

Expert Design Advice at Pella of Westerly

Ready to get underway upgrading your home? Come to the Pella of Westerly showroom or give our team a buzz at 401-315-7032. 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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