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4 Home Improvements that Add Higher Resale Value

4 Home Improvements that Add Higher Resale Value

Contemplating selling your Terre Haute home in the next several years? Make it more alluring to buyers by updating your windows and front door. And add most-wanted features like energy efficiency and smart home capabilities.

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

We can help you get started now at Pella of Terre Haute.

Our advisors can help you select the correct 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.

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4 Best Renovation Projects to Increase Home Value

Putting in new windows and updating your front door are some of the simplest ways to enhance your home’s value, according to Remodeling Magazine’s 2019 Cost vs Value Report.

The report compares average costs for 22 improvement projects and their resale values in 136 markets across the country.

When selling your home, you can expect to recover 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 remarkably more.

1. Steel Front Door

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

Encompass by Pella® provides the most desired front door styles at affordable prices. An elevated frame format for these low-maintenance doors shields 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 contemporary steel front door models.

2. Vinyl Windows

Vinyl windows provide one of the largest returns for your cost. 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 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

Enhance your home’s curb appeal and charm buyers with a grand grand entrance. Putting in a prominent fiberglass front door with sidelights is another fantastic way to enhance your resale price.

Pella® Series fiberglass doors include our exclusive PerformaSeal® design, which helps stop drafts and leaks. And our VividGrain™ stain process provides the authentic appearance of wood. Pick from most-wanted 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 possibilities for your fiberglass front door project.

4. Wood Windows

Wood windows also bring a large return for increased home value.

They’re also:

  • Customizable
  • Energy efficient
  • Low maintenance when coupled with a cladded outside

Pella® Lifestyle Series brings the beauty and strength of wood incorporated with flexible style and performance packages. This series provides options that fulfill 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

Learn how you can customize our wood windows to fit 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 learned buyers desire smart technology in their new homes. Leading the list is security- or safety-related enhancements, such as Pella’s Insynctive® system.

This technology uses out-of-sight security sensors that maintain the charm of your Pella windows and doors. With just a tap, you can check your windows and doors and manage blinds and shades from nearly anywhere.2

Energy-Efficient Windows

Nearly 90 percent of buyers want 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 attractive to buyers.

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

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

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

Expert Design Advice at Pella of Terre Haute

Ready to start upgrading your home? Stop into the Pella of Terre Haute showroom or give our team a ring at 812-234-0729. 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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