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4 Home Improvements that Add Higher Resale Value

4 Home Improvements that Add Higher Resale Value

Contemplating selling your Petoskey home in the next few years? Make it more attractive to buyers by replacing your windows and front door. And add popular features like energy efficiency and smart home capabilities.

These upgrades are generally less pricey than a major kitchen or master bathroom renovation. And they may help you net a larger resale value for your home.

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

Our advisors can help you select the right windows and doors for your home. And provide expert advice for every part 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 simplest ways to boost 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 around the country.

When selling your home, you can predict to recoup 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 significantly more.

1. Steel Front Door

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

Encompass by Pella® provides the most wanted front door styles at competitive prices. An elevated frame format for these easy to care for doors protects against damaging moisture.

Here’s how a new steel front door ranks for cost and added value:

  • Average cost for replacement: $1,826
  • Average increased home value: $1,368
  • Return on investment: 74 percent

Explore our modern steel front door styles.

2. Vinyl Windows

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

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

Improve your home’s curb appeal and wow buyers with a fancy grand entrance. Putting in a prominent fiberglass front door with sidelights is another good way to add to your resale price.

Pella® Series fiberglass doors feature our signature PerformaSeal® design, which helps block drafts and leaks. And our VividGrain™ stain method provides the real appearance of wood. Choose 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

View all the options for your fiberglass front door project.

4. Wood Windows

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

They’re also:

  • Configurable
  • Energy efficient
  • Low maintenance when finished with a cladded exterior

Pella® Lifestyle Series brings the attractiveness and strength of wood incorporated with adaptable style and performance collections. This series offers options that qualify for 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

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

Other Most Desirable Features for Home Buyers

Add extra appeal 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. At the top of the list is security- or safety-related upgrades, such as Pella’s Insynctive® system.

This technology uses hidden security sensors that maintain the charm 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 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 ranked them as “desirable”
  • 38 percent regard them “essential”

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

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

Expert Design Advice at Pella of Petoskey

Ready to begin remodeling your home? Stop into the Pella of Petoskey showroom or give our team a call at 231-622-4417. 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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