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4 Home Improvements that Add Higher Resale Value

4 Home Improvements that Add Higher Resale Value

Considering selling your St. Paul home in the next couple of years? Make it more attractive to buyers by replacing your windows and front door. And add popular features like energy efficiency and smart home abilities.

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

We can help you get in motion now at Pella of St. Paul.

Our advisors can help you choose the right windows and doors for your home. And provide 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

Putting in new windows and upgrading 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 analyzes average costs for 22 remodeling projects and their resale values in 136 markets around the country.

When selling your home, you can expect 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 remodeling that costs remarkably more.

1. Steel Front Door

A steel front door is typically the most reasonable cost of the four projects we include. But it can recoup the largest resale value.

Encompass by Pella® offers the most desired front door styles at reasonable prices. An elevated frame design for these easy-care doors shields 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

Check out our up-to-date steel front door styles.

2. Vinyl Windows

Vinyl windows offer one of the biggest returns for your money. They’re desirable for buyers because they’re energy efficient and low maintenance. No scraping or painting required.

Priced to suit any budget, Pella® vinyl windows feature 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

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

Pella® Series fiberglass doors include our signature PerformaSeal® design, which helps block drafts and leaks. And our VividGrain™ stain method provides the genuine look of wood. Select 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 higher home value.

They’re also:

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

Pella® Lifestyle Series brings the attractiveness and endurance of wood incorporated with versatile style and performance possibilities. 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

Discover how you can customize our wood windows to match 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 found buyers desire smart technology in their new homes. Heading the list is security- or safety-related improvements, like Pella’s Insynctive® system.

This technology uses hidden security sensors that preserve the attractiveness 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 almost 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 attractive to buyers.

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

Even if you aren’t selling your home now, putting in energy-efficient windows can help you save today.

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

Expert Design Advice at Pella of St. Paul

Ready to start updating your home? Drop by the Pella of St. Paul showroom or give our team a call at 651-213-9049. 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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