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4 Home Improvements that Add Higher Resale Value

4 Home Improvements that Add Higher Resale Value

Considering selling your Grand Rapids home in the next few years? Make it more attractive to buyers by changing your windows and front door. And add popular features like energy efficiency and smart home abilities.

These projects are usually less expensive than a in-depth 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 Grand Rapids.

Our advisors can help you find the ideal 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

Adding 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 analyzes average costs for 22 renovation projects and their resale values in 136 markets around the country.

When selling your home, you can expect to recoup 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 considerably more.

1. Steel Front Door

A steel front door is usually the lowest cost of the four projects we list. But it can recover the biggest resale value.

Encompass by Pella® provides the most popular 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 rates for cost and added value:

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

Check out our modern steel front door models.

2. Vinyl Windows

Vinyl windows offer one of the biggest returns for your money. 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 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

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

Pella® Series fiberglass doors have our signature PerformaSeal® design, which helps stop drafts and leaks. And our VividGrain™ stain method delivers the genuine look of wood. Pick 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

View all the possibilities for your fiberglass front door project.

4. Wood Windows

Wood windows also supply a major return for increased home value.

They’re also:

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

Pella® Lifestyle Series includes the charm and durability 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 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

Discover how you can personalize our wood windows to meet your home’s needs.

Other Most Desirable Features for Home Buyers

Add additional interest for buyers with smart technology and energy-efficient windows.

Smart Technology

A 2018 survey by Coldwell Banker discovered 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 out-of-sight 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 found highly efficient ENERGY STAR® windows are especially inviting to buyers.

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

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

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

Expert Design Advice at Pella of Grand Rapids

Ready to get underway remodeling your home? Stop into the Pella of Grand Rapids showroom or give our team a buzz at 616-201-0206. 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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