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4 Home Improvements that Add Higher Resale Value

4 Home Improvements that Add Higher Resale Value

Contemplating selling your Bloomington, IN 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 abilities.

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

We can help you get going right away at Pella of Bloomington, IN.

Our advisors can help you choose the right windows and doors for your home. And offer 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

Installing new windows and upgrading 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 remodeling projects and their resale values in 136 markets throughout the country.

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

1. Steel Front Door

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

Encompass by Pella® delivers the most wanted front door styles at competitive prices. An elevated frame design for these easy to care for 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

Browse our contemporary steel front door models.

2. Vinyl Windows

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

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 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

Check out our energy-efficient vinyl window options.

3. Fiberglass Front Door with Sidelights

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

Pella® Series fiberglass doors feature our patented PerformaSeal® design, which helps halt drafts and leaks. And our VividGrain™ stain method offers the authentic appearance 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 options for your fiberglass front door project.

4. Wood Windows

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

They’re also:

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

Pella® Lifestyle Series brings the charm and durability of wood combined with adaptable style and performance collections. This series provides options that fulfill or surpass 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 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 prefer smart technology in their new homes. Heading the list is security- or safety-related improvements, like Pella’s Insynctive® system.

This technology uses hidden security sensors that preserve the beauty of your Pella windows and doors. With just a tap, you can monitor your windows and doors and manage blinds and shades from nearly 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 discovered highly efficient ENERGY STAR® windows are especially appealing to buyers.

  • 51 percent listed them as “desirable”
  • 38 percent consider 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 annually when replacing single-pane windows with ENERGY STAR windows.

Expert Design Advice at Pella of Bloomington, IN

Ready to begin updating your home? Drop by the Pella of Bloomington, IN showroom or give our team a call at 812-333-6371. 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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