4 Home Improvements that Add Higher Resale Value
Thinking about selling your Birmingham home in the next few years? Make it more valuable to buyers by replacing your windows and front door. And add most-wanted features like energy efficiency and smart home capabilities.
These projects are generally less costly than a major kitchen or master bathroom remodel. And they may help you receive a higher resale value for your home.
We can help you get going today at Pella of Birmingham.
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 selection to a no mess, no guess installation day.
4 Best Renovation Projects to Increase Home Value
Adding new windows and modernizing your front door are some of the simplest ways to boost 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 across the country.
When selling your home, you can anticipate to recoup 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 significantly more.
1. Steel Front Door
A steel front door is usually the most reasonable cost of the four projects we list. But it can capture the highest resale value.
Encompass by Pella® offers the most popular front door styles at reasonable prices. An elevated frame design for these easy to care for doors guards 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
2. Vinyl Windows
Vinyl windows offer one of the highest returns for your money. They’re attractive to buyers because they’re energy efficient and low maintenance. No scraping or painting needed.
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
3. Fiberglass Front Door with Sidelights
Enhance your home’s curb appeal and wow buyers with a grand grand entrance. Adding a prominent fiberglass front door with sidelights is another good way to increase your resale price.
Pella® Series fiberglass doors feature our patented PerformaSeal® design, which helps block drafts and leaks. And our VividGrain™ stain method provides the genuine look of wood. Choose from most-wanted 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
4. Wood Windows
Wood windows also provide a major return for heightened home value.
- Energy efficient
- Low maintenance when coupled with a cladded exterior
Pella® Lifestyle Series offers the charm and strength of wood included with flexible style and performance packages. This series has options that qualify for or surpass 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
Other Most Desirable Features for Home Buyers
Add extra interest for buyers with smart technology and energy-efficient windows.
This technology uses concealed security sensors that conserve the charm 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 virtually anywhere.2
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 attractive to buyers.
- 51 percent rated them as “desirable”
- 38 percent regard them “essential”
Even if you aren’t selling your home now, installing energy-efficient windows can help you save right away.
The everyday homeowner can save $126–$465 annually when exchanging single-pane windows with ENERGY STAR windows.
Expert Design Advice at Pella of Birmingham
Ready to start updating your home? Drop by the Pella of Birmingham showroom or give our team a buzz at 877-680-9617. We’re happy to answer any questions you have.
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.