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4 Home Improvements that Add Higher Resale Value

4 Home Improvements that Add Higher Resale Value

Thinking about selling your Boston home in the next several years? Make it more valuable to buyers by replacing your windows and front door. And add popular features like energy efficiency and smart home abilities.

These enhancements are typically less pricey than a significant kitchen or master bathroom update. And they may help you get a bigger resale value for your home.

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

Our advisors can help you select the ideal windows and doors for your home. And offer expert advice for every part 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 simplest ways to enhance 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 across 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 significantly more.

1. Steel Front Door

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

Encompass by Pella® provides the most desired front door styles at competitive prices. An elevated frame style 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 contemporary steel front door designs.

2. Vinyl Windows

Vinyl windows offer 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 necessary.

Priced to fit any budget, Pella® vinyl windows have customizable options like triple-pane glass and InsulShield® to boost 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

Increase your home’s curb appeal and charm buyers with a fancy grand entrance. Putting in a distinctive fiberglass front door with sidelights is another fantastic way to add to your resale price.

Pella® Series fiberglass doors have our signature PerformaSeal® design, which helps stop drafts and leaks. And our VividGrain™ stain procedure provides the authentic characteristics of wood. Select from popular 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

Browse all the options for your fiberglass front door project.

4. Wood Windows

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

They’re also:

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

Pella® Lifestyle Series includes the charm and strength of wood included with versatile style and performance packages. This series has options that fulfill 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 fit 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 learned buyers prefer smart technology in their new homes. At the top of the list is security- or safety-related improvements, such as Pella’s Insynctive® system.

This technology uses out-of-sight security sensors that conserve the attractiveness 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 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 appealing 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.

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

Expert Design Advice at Pella of Boston

Ready to start updating your home? Come to the Pella of Boston showroom or give our team a call at 781-239-1161. 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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