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4 Home Improvements that Add Higher Resale Value

4 Home Improvements that Add Higher Resale Value

Considering selling your Mt. Pleasant home in the next few years? Make it more valuable to buyers by replacing your windows and front door. And add desired features like energy efficiency and smart home abilities.

These upgrades are usually less costly than a major kitchen or master bathroom remodel. And they may help you receive a larger resale value for your home.

We can help you get in motion right away at Pella of Mt. Pleasant.

Our advisors can help you choose the ideal windows and doors for your home. And offer expert advice for every piece 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 upgrading your front door are some of the best 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 across the country.

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

1. Steel Front Door

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

Encompass by Pella® offers the most desired front door styles at affordable prices. An elevated frame format for these low-maintenance doors guards 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 up-to-date steel front door models.

2. Vinyl Windows

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

Priced to fit any budget, Pella® vinyl windows include customizable options 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

Check out our energy-efficient vinyl window options.

3. Fiberglass Front Door with Sidelights

Enhance your home’s curb appeal and wow buyers with an upscale grand entrance. Installing a prominent fiberglass front door with sidelights is another good way to add to your resale price.

Pella® Series fiberglass doors have our exclusive PerformaSeal® design, which helps block drafts and leaks. And our VividGrain™ stain method offers the authentic characteristics of wood. Choose from most-wanted 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 possibilities for your fiberglass front door project.

4. Wood Windows

Wood windows also bring a major return for higher home value.

They’re also:

  • Personalizable
  • Energy efficient
  • Low maintenance when connected with a cladded surface

Pella® Lifestyle Series offers the beauty and durability of wood included with versatile style and performance collections. This series has options that qualify for or top 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

Find out how you can personalize our wood windows to meet your home’s needs.

Other Most Desirable Features for Home Buyers

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

Smart Technology

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

This technology uses concealed security sensors that maintain the beauty of your Pella windows and doors. With just a tap, you can check your windows and doors and manage blinds and shades from almost 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, adding energy-efficient windows can help you save right away.

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

Expert Design Advice at Pella of Mt. Pleasant

Ready to get underway remodeling your home? Drop by the Pella of Mt. Pleasant showroom or give our team a call at 989-317-2558. We’re happy to answer any questions you have.

Or, schedule 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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