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4 Home Improvements that Add Higher Resale Value

4 Home Improvements that Add Higher Resale Value

Thinking about selling your Muncie 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 abilities.

These upgrades are typically less costly 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 now at Pella of Muncie.

Our advisors can help you choose the right windows and doors for your home. And offer expert advice for every piece of your project—from product choice to a no mess, no guess installation day.

Schedule a free consultation


4 Best Renovation Projects to Increase Home Value

Putting in new windows and updating your front door are some of the best ways to boost 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 across the country.

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

1. Steel Front Door

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

Encompass by Pella® provides the most desired front door styles at reasonable 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

Check out our modern steel front door styles.

2. Vinyl Windows

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

Priced to work with any budget, Pella® vinyl windows have customizable options like triple-pane glass and InsulShield® to increase energy efficiency.

Here’s how new vinyl windows rate 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 choices.

3. Fiberglass Front Door with Sidelights

Improve your home’s curb appeal and wow buyers with a fancy grand entrance. Installing a distinctive fiberglass front door with sidelights is another fantastic way to increase your resale price.

Pella® Series fiberglass doors have our signature PerformaSeal® design, which helps halt drafts and leaks. And our VividGrain™ stain method offers the genuine look of wood. Pick 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 provide a big return for increased home value.

They’re also:

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

Pella® Lifestyle Series includes the charm and strength of wood included with adaptable style and performance collections. This series provides options that meet or exceed 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 meet 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 discovered buyers want 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 maintain the charm 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 want 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 inviting 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 right away.

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

Expert Design Advice at Pella of Muncie

Ready to get underway upgrading your home? Stop into the Pella of Muncie showroom or give our team a buzz at 317-983-5642. 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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