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4 Home Improvements that Add Higher Resale Value

4 Home Improvements that Add Higher Resale Value

Considering selling your Northern Virginia home in the next couple of years? Make it more valuable to buyers by replacing your windows and front door. And add popular features like energy efficiency and smart home functions.

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

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

Our advisors can help you find the ideal windows and doors for your home. And provide expert advice for every part of your project—from product choice 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 easiest 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 throughout the country.

When selling your home, you can predict to reclaim 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 often the most reasonable cost of the four projects we list. But it can recover the highest resale value.

Encompass by Pella® offers the most wanted front door styles at reasonable prices. An elevated frame design for these easy-care doors guards 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

Browse our modern steel front door styles.

2. Vinyl Windows

Vinyl windows offer 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 necessary.

Priced to suit any budget, Pella® vinyl windows feature 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

Browse our energy-efficient vinyl window solutions.

3. Fiberglass Front Door with Sidelights

Improve your home’s curb appeal and charm buyers with an upscale grand entrance. Installing a striking fiberglass front door with sidelights is another great way to add to your resale price.

Pella® Series fiberglass doors include our patented PerformaSeal® design, which helps stop drafts and leaks. And our VividGrain™ stain process delivers the genuine appearance of wood. Choose from popular 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

Browse all the prospects for your fiberglass front door project.

4. Wood Windows

Wood windows also provide a large return for higher home value.

They’re also:

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

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

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

Other Most Desirable Features for Home Buyers

Add more 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 improvements, much like Pella’s Insynctive® system.

This technology uses hidden security sensors that conserve the charm of your Pella windows and doors. With just a tap, you can monitor your windows and doors and control 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 revealed highly efficient ENERGY STAR® windows are especially inviting to buyers.

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

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

The average homeowner can save $126–$465 every year when replacing single-pane windows with ENERGY STAR windows.

Expert Design Advice at Pella of Northern Virginia

Ready to get underway remodeling your home? Stop into the Pella of Northern Virginia showroom or give our team a ring at 571-292-3519. 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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