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4 Home Improvements that Add Higher Resale Value

4 Home Improvements that Add Higher Resale Value

Contemplating selling your Kalamazoo home in the next couple of years? Make it more valuable to buyers by changing your windows and front door. And add desired features like energy efficiency and smart home functions.

These enhancements are usually less pricey 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 now at Pella of Kalamazoo.

Our advisors can help you select the correct windows and doors for your home. And provide expert advice for every piece 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

Adding new windows and updating 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 evaluates average costs for 22 improvement projects and their resale values in 136 markets across 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 renovation that costs significantly more.

1. Steel Front Door

A steel front door is often the most reasonable cost of the four projects we cover. But it can recover the highest resale value.

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

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

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

Explore our contemporary steel front door models.

2. Vinyl Windows

Vinyl windows offer one of the largest 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 include customizable possibilities 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

Explore our energy-efficient vinyl window options.

3. Fiberglass Front Door with Sidelights

Increase your home’s curb appeal and charm buyers with a grand grand entrance. Adding a striking fiberglass front door with sidelights is another good way to increase your resale price.

Pella® Series fiberglass doors have our signature PerformaSeal® design, which helps block drafts and leaks. And our VividGrain™ stain method provides 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 possibilities for your fiberglass front door project.

4. Wood Windows

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

They’re also:

  • Customizable
  • Energy efficient
  • Low maintenance when connected with a cladded surface

Pella® Lifestyle Series brings the charm and strength of wood incorporated with adaptable style and performance possibilities. This series provides options that meet 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

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

Other Most Desirable Features for Home Buyers

Add extra interest 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, 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 monitor your windows and doors and control blinds and shades from almost 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 found highly efficient ENERGY STAR® windows are especially appealing to buyers.

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

Even if you aren’t selling your home immediately, adding 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 Kalamazoo

Ready to start upgrading your home? Stop into the Pella of Kalamazoo showroom or give our team a call at 269-215-4157. 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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