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4 Home Improvements that Add Higher Resale Value

4 Home Improvements that Add Higher Resale Value

Considering selling your Baltimore home in the next several years? Make it more alluring to buyers by replacing your windows and front door. And add popular features like energy efficiency and smart home functions.

These enhancements are usually less expensive than a major kitchen or master bathroom remodel. And they may help you get a higher resale value for your home.

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

Our advisors can help you choose the ideal windows and doors for your home. And provide expert advice for every step 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

Installing new windows and modernizing 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 renovation projects and their resale values in 136 markets around the country.

When selling your home, you can anticipate to reclaim around 70 percent of the expense for new windows and doors. That’s about 10 percent more than a high-end kitchen or bathroom remodeling that costs considerably more.

1. Steel Front Door

A steel front door is usually the lowest cost of the four projects we cover. But it can recoup the largest resale value.

Encompass by Pella® offers the most wanted front door styles at reasonable prices. An elevated frame design for these low-maintenance doors protects 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

Check out our contemporary steel front door designs.

2. Vinyl Windows

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

Priced to fit 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

Check out our energy-efficient vinyl window choices.

3. Fiberglass Front Door with Sidelights

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

Pella® Series fiberglass doors have our patented PerformaSeal® design, which helps stop drafts and leaks. And our VividGrain™ stain procedure provides the authentic appearance of wood. Select from popular styles like flush-glazed full light, craftsman light and more.

Here’s how this project rates 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 big return for heightened home value.

They’re also:

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

Pella® Lifestyle Series brings the beauty and strength of wood incorporated with versatile style and performance collections. This series provides options that meet or top ENERGY STAR® guidelines in all 50 states.1

Here’s how new wood windows rank 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 individualize our wood windows to match your home’s needs.

Other Most Desirable Features for Home Buyers

Add extra appeal for buyers with smart technology and energy-efficient windows.

Smart Technology

A 2018 survey by Coldwell Banker found buyers prefer smart technology in their new homes. At the top of the list is security- or safety-related enhancements, much like Pella’s Insynctive® system.

This technology uses out-of-sight security sensors that preserve the charm 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 revealed highly efficient ENERGY STAR® windows are especially attractive to buyers.

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

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

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

Expert Design Advice at Pella of Baltimore

Ready to get underway remodeling your home? Drop by the Pella of Baltimore showroom or give our team a ring at 301-637-0762. We’re happy to answer any questions you have.

Or, book 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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