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4 Home Improvements that Add Higher Resale Value

4 Home Improvements that Add Higher Resale Value

Considering selling your Bloomington home in the next few years? Make it more valuable to buyers by replacing your windows and front door. And add desired features like energy efficiency and smart home abilities.

These projects are typically less expensive than a major kitchen or master bathroom update. And they may help you receive a larger resale value for your home.

We can help you get going today at Pella of Bloomington.

Our advisors can help you find the ideal windows and doors for your home. And give expert advice for every piece 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 increase your home’s value, according to Remodeling Magazine’s 2019 Cost vs Value Report.

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

When selling your home, you can expect 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 project that costs considerably more.

1. Steel Front Door

A steel front door is typically the lowest cost of the four projects we include. But it can recover the largest resale value.

Encompass by Pella® provides the most popular front door styles at competitive prices. An elevated frame style for these easy-care 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

Explore our up-to-date steel front door models.

2. Vinyl Windows

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

Priced to suit any budget, Pella® vinyl windows include customizable possibilities like triple-pane glass and InsulShield® to boost 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

Explore our energy-efficient vinyl window choices.

3. Fiberglass Front Door with Sidelights

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

Pella® Series fiberglass doors feature our signature PerformaSeal® design, which helps block drafts and leaks. And our VividGrain™ stain procedure offers the genuine appearance of wood. Select from popular 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 prospects for your fiberglass front door project.

4. Wood Windows

Wood windows also bring a major return for higher home value.

They’re also:

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

Pella® Lifestyle Series includes the attractiveness and durability of wood combined with flexible style and performance packages. This series offers options that qualify for or surpass 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 customize our wood windows to fit 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 learned buyers want smart technology in their new homes. At the top of the list is security- or safety-related upgrades, like 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 control blinds and shades from virtually 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 found highly efficient ENERGY STAR® windows are especially attractive to buyers.

  • 51 percent rated them as “desirable”
  • 38 percent consider them “essential”

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

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

Expert Design Advice at Pella of Bloomington

Ready to get underway upgrading your home? Stop into the Pella of Bloomington showroom or give our team a ring at 309-663-7132. 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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