4 Home Improvements that Add Higher Resale Value
Considering selling your Eau Claire home in the next couple of years? Make it more attractive to buyers by changing your windows and front door. And add popular features like energy efficiency and smart home abilities.
These projects are typically less pricey than a major kitchen or master bathroom renovation. And they may help you receive a bigger resale value for your home.
We can help you get started right away at Pella of Eau Claire.
Our advisors can help you find the ideal windows and doors for your home. And provide expert advice for every part of your project—from product selection to a no mess, no guess installation day.
4 Best Renovation Projects to Increase Home Value
Putting in new windows and updating your front door are some of the easiest ways to boost your home’s value, according to Remodeling Magazine’s 2019 Cost vs Value Report.
The report compares average costs for 22 improvement projects and their resale values in 136 markets around the country.
When selling your home, you can predict 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 often the smallest cost of the four projects we list. But it can recoup the highest resale value.
Encompass by Pella® offers the most wanted front door styles at reasonable prices. An elevated frame format for these easy to care for 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
2. Vinyl Windows
Vinyl windows offer 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 required.
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. Installing a distinctive fiberglass front door with sidelights is another great way to enhance your resale price.
Pella® Series fiberglass doors include our patented PerformaSeal® design, which helps block drafts and leaks. And our VividGrain™ stain procedure provides the authentic characteristics of wood. Pick 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
4. Wood Windows
Wood windows also supply a large return for higher home value.
- Energy efficient
- Low maintenance when connected with a cladded exterior
Pella® Lifestyle Series offers the attractiveness and strength of wood incorporated with adaptable style and performance packages. This series provides options that qualify for 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
Other Most Desirable Features for Home Buyers
Add extra interest for buyers with smart technology and energy-efficient windows.
This technology uses hidden security sensors that preserve the attractiveness of your Pella windows and doors. With just a tap, you can monitor your windows and doors and manage blinds and shades from almost anywhere.2
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 consider them “essential”
Even if you aren’t selling your home right away, installing energy-efficient windows can help you save right away.
A typical homeowner can save $126–$465 each year when substituting single-pane windows with ENERGY STAR windows.
Expert Design Advice at Pella of Eau Claire
Ready to get underway upgrading your home? Drop by the Pella of Eau Claire showroom or give our team a call at 715-836-9301. 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.