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4 Home Improvements that Add Higher Resale Value

4 Home Improvements that Add Higher Resale Value

Considering selling your Wilmington home in the next several years? Make it more attractive to buyers by replacing your windows and front door. And add desired features like energy efficiency and smart home functions.

These projects are generally less expensive than a significant kitchen or master bathroom renovation. And they may help you get a higher resale value for your home.

We can help you get started right away at Pella of Wilmington.

Our advisors can help you select the right windows and doors for your home. And provide expert advice for every step 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 simplest ways to increase your home’s value, according to Remodeling Magazine’s 2019 Cost vs Value Report.

The report analyzes average costs for 22 remodeling projects and their resale values in 136 markets around the country.

When selling your home, you can expect 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 considerably more.

1. Steel Front Door

A steel front door is often the smallest cost of the four projects we cover. But it can recoup the highest resale value.

Encompass by Pella® provides the most popular front door styles at affordable 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

Check out 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 needed.

Priced to suit any budget, Pella® vinyl windows have customizable choices like triple-pane glass and InsulShield® to enhance 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

Explore our energy-efficient vinyl window options.

3. Fiberglass Front Door with Sidelights

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

Pella® Series fiberglass doors include our exclusive PerformaSeal® design, which helps stop drafts and leaks. And our VividGrain™ stain procedure delivers the genuine look of wood. Pick from most-wanted 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 options for your fiberglass front door project.

4. Wood Windows

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

They’re also:

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

Pella® Lifestyle Series includes the beauty and endurance of wood combined with adaptable style and performance collections. This series provides options that fulfill or exceed 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

Learn how you can personalize our wood windows to match your home’s needs.

Other Most Desirable Features for Home Buyers

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

Smart Technology

A 2018 survey by Coldwell Banker found buyers want smart technology in their new homes. Leading the list is security- or safety-related upgrades, like Pella’s Insynctive® system.

This technology uses concealed security sensors that preserve the attractiveness of your Pella windows and doors. With just a tap, you can monitor your windows and doors and control 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 inviting to buyers.

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

Even if you aren’t selling your home right away, putting in 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 Wilmington

Ready to start upgrading your home? Drop by the Pella of Wilmington showroom or give our team a buzz at 910-218-9596. 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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