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4 Home Improvements that Add Higher Resale Value

4 Home Improvements that Add Higher Resale Value

Contemplating selling your Traverse City home in the next few years? Make it more attractive to buyers by replacing your windows and front door. And add most-wanted features like energy efficiency and smart home abilities.

These projects are usually less expensive than a in-depth kitchen or master bathroom renovation. And they may help you get a larger resale value for your home.

We can help you get in motion today at Pella of Traverse City.

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

Schedule a free consultation


4 Best Renovation Projects to Increase Home Value

Putting in new windows and modernizing 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 across the country.

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

1. Steel Front Door

A steel front door is typically the lowest cost of the four projects we list. But it can recoup the highest resale value.

Encompass by Pella® delivers the most popular front door styles at reasonable prices. An elevated frame style for these low-maintenance 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

Explore our up-to-date steel front door models.

2. Vinyl Windows

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

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

Here’s how new vinyl windows rank 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

Increase your home’s curb appeal and charm buyers with an upscale grand entrance. Adding a distinctive fiberglass front door with sidelights is another good way to increase your resale price.

Pella® Series fiberglass doors have our patented PerformaSeal® design, which helps block drafts and leaks. And our VividGrain™ stain method delivers the genuine characteristics 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

See all the prospects for your fiberglass front door project.

4. Wood Windows

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

They’re also:

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

Pella® Lifestyle Series includes the attractiveness and durability of wood combined with flexible style and performance packages. This series provides options that meet or top ENERGY STAR® guidelines in all 50 states.1

Here’s how new wood windows stack up 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 fit 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 learned buyers prefer smart technology in their new homes. At the top of the list is security- or safety-related upgrades, much like 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 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 found highly efficient ENERGY STAR® windows are especially appealing to buyers.

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

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

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

Expert Design Advice at Pella of Traverse City

Ready to get underway updating your home? Stop into the Pella of Traverse City showroom or give our team a ring at 231-538-2175. We’re happy to answer any questions you have.

Or, book 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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