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4 Home Improvements that Add Higher Resale Value

4 Home Improvements that Add Higher Resale Value

Thinking about selling your South Portland home in the next few years? Make it more attractive to buyers by replacing your windows and front door. And add most-wanted features like energy efficiency and smart home functions.

These upgrades are usually 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 started now at Pella of South Portland.

Our advisors can help you find the right 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

Installing new windows and updating your front door are some of the easiest ways to increase your home’s value, according to Remodeling Magazine’s 2019 Cost vs Value Report.

The report evaluates average costs for 22 remodeling projects and their resale values in 136 markets around the country.

When selling your home, you can anticipate to recover 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 often the smallest cost of the four projects we list. But it can recoup the largest resale value.

Encompass by Pella® provides the most wanted front door styles at reasonable prices. An elevated frame design for these easy to care for doors shields 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 designs.

2. Vinyl Windows

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

Priced to work with any budget, Pella® vinyl windows feature customizable options like triple-pane glass and InsulShield® to enhance 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

Browse our energy-efficient vinyl window choices.

3. Fiberglass Front Door with Sidelights

Enhance your home’s curb appeal and charm buyers with an upscale grand entrance. Installing a prominent fiberglass front door with sidelights is another fantastic way to enhance your resale price.

Pella® Series fiberglass doors have our exclusive PerformaSeal® design, which helps stop drafts and leaks. And our VividGrain™ stain process provides the authentic appearance of wood. Choose from most-wanted 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 possibilities for your fiberglass front door project.

4. Wood Windows

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

They’re also:

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

Pella® Lifestyle Series brings the attractiveness and durability of wood combined with flexible style and performance packages. This series has options that meet or top ENERGY STAR® guidelines in all 50 states.1

Here’s how new wood windows stack up 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 customize our wood windows to fit 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 learned buyers desire smart technology in their new homes. Leading the list is security- or safety-related upgrades, like Pella’s Insynctive® system.

This technology uses out-of-sight security sensors that maintain the beauty of your Pella windows and doors. With just a tap, you can keey an eye on 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 discovered highly efficient ENERGY STAR® windows are especially inviting to buyers.

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

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

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

Expert Design Advice at Pella of South Portland

Ready to get underway updating your home? Come to the Pella of South Portland showroom or give our team a call at 207-253-1856. 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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