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4 Home Improvements that Add Higher Resale Value

4 Home Improvements that Add Higher Resale Value

Contemplating selling your Raleigh home in the next several years? Make it more attractive to buyers by changing your windows and front door. And add desired features like energy efficiency and smart home capabilities.

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

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

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

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4 Best Renovation Projects to Increase Home Value

Installing new windows and updating your front door are some of the best 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 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 remodeling that costs remarkably more.

1. Steel Front Door

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

Encompass by Pella® provides the most desired front door styles at competitive prices. An elevated frame design for these easy-care doors guards against damaging moisture.

Here’s how a new steel front door measures 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 designs.

2. Vinyl Windows

Vinyl windows deliver one of the largest returns for your investment. They’re desirable for buyers because they’re energy efficient and low maintenance. No scraping or painting required.

Priced to fit any budget, Pella® vinyl windows have 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 choices.

3. Fiberglass Front Door with Sidelights

Improve your home’s curb appeal and charm buyers with a grand grand entrance. Adding a striking fiberglass front door with sidelights is another great 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 method delivers the authentic look of wood. Select from popular styles like flush-glazed full light, craftsman light and more.

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

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

View all the prospects for your fiberglass front door project.

4. Wood Windows

Wood windows also bring a big return for heightened home value.

They’re also:

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

Pella® Lifestyle Series offers the beauty and durability of wood combined with versatile style and performance packages. This series offers options that fulfill 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

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 prefer smart technology in their new homes. Leading the list is security- or safety-related improvements, like Pella’s Insynctive® system.

This technology uses out-of-sight security sensors that conserve the attractiveness of your Pella windows and doors. With just a tap, you can monitor 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 discovered highly efficient ENERGY STAR® windows are especially inviting to buyers.

  • 51 percent rated 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 today.

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

Expert Design Advice at Pella of Raleigh

Ready to get underway updating your home? Drop by the Pella of Raleigh showroom or give our team a call at 919-324-0196. 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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