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4 Home Improvements that Add Higher Resale Value

4 Home Improvements that Add Higher Resale Value

Considering selling your Lafayette home in the next several years? Make it more attractive to buyers by updating your windows and front door. And add most-wanted features like energy efficiency and smart home capabilities.

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

We can help you get going right away at Pella of Lafayette.

Our advisors can help you find the right 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

Putting in new windows and updating your front door are some of the best ways to enhance your home’s value, according to Remodeling Magazine’s 2019 Cost vs Value Report.

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

When selling your home, you can anticipate to reclaim 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 remarkably more.

1. Steel Front Door

A steel front door is often the lowest cost of the four projects we list. But it can capture the highest resale value.

Encompass by Pella® delivers the most wanted front door styles at affordable prices. An elevated frame format for these easy-care doors protects 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

Explore our contemporary steel front door styles.

2. Vinyl Windows

Vinyl windows offer one of the largest returns for your investment. They’re attractive to buyers because they’re energy efficient and low maintenance. No scraping or painting necessary.

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

Here’s how new vinyl windows rank 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. Installing a prominent 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 block drafts and leaks. And our VividGrain™ stain method provides the real look of wood. Choose 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 prospects for your fiberglass front door project.

4. Wood Windows

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

They’re also:

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

Pella® Lifestyle Series includes the beauty and strength of wood incorporated with versatile style and performance packages. This series offers options that fulfill 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 personalize our wood windows to meet 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 discovered buyers want smart technology in their new homes. Heading the list is security- or safety-related upgrades, such as Pella’s Insynctive® system.

This technology uses hidden security sensors that maintain the attractiveness of your Pella windows and doors. With just a tap, you can keey an eye on your windows and doors and move blinds and shades from virtually anywhere.2

Energy-Efficient Windows

Nearly 90 percent of buyers want 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 appealing to buyers.

  • 51 percent rated them as “desirable”
  • 38 percent regard 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 replacing single-pane windows with ENERGY STAR windows.

Expert Design Advice at Pella of Lafayette

Ready to begin remodeling your home? Stop into the Pella of Lafayette showroom or give our team a buzz at 317-983-5804. 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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