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4 Home Improvements that Add Higher Resale Value

4 Home Improvements that Add Higher Resale Value

Thinking about selling your Gaithersburg home in the next couple of years? Make it more valuable to buyers by changing your windows and front door. And add popular features like energy efficiency and smart home functions.

These projects are typically less costly than a major kitchen or master bathroom renovation. And they may help you get a higher resale value for your home.

We can help you get in motion today at Pella of Gaithersburg.

Our advisors can help you select the right windows and doors for your home. And give expert advice for every step 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

Adding new windows and modernizing your front door are some of the easiest ways to increase your home’s value, according to Remodeling Magazine’s 2019 Cost vs Value Report.

The report compares average costs for 22 renovation projects and their resale values in 136 markets around the country.

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

1. Steel Front Door

A steel front door is typically the smallest cost of the four projects we cover. But it can recover the largest resale value.

Encompass by Pella® provides the most desired front door styles at reasonable prices. An elevated frame design for these low-maintenance 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

Explore our contemporary steel front door models.

2. Vinyl Windows

Vinyl windows provide 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 needed.

Priced to work with any budget, Pella® vinyl windows feature customizable options like triple-pane glass and InsulShield® to boost 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

Browse our energy-efficient vinyl window solutions.

3. Fiberglass Front Door with Sidelights

Improve your home’s curb appeal and attract buyers with a fancy grand entrance. Adding a distinctive fiberglass front door with sidelights is another good way to enhance your resale price.

Pella® Series fiberglass doors have our exclusive PerformaSeal® design, which helps block drafts and leaks. And our VividGrain™ stain process offers the authentic look of wood. Select 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 prospects for your fiberglass front door project.

4. Wood Windows

Wood windows also bring a big return for heightened home value.

They’re also:

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

Pella® Lifestyle Series brings the attractiveness and endurance of wood incorporated with adaptable style and performance packages. This series has options that fulfill or surpass 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

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 prefer smart technology in their new homes. Heading the list is security- or safety-related enhancements, like Pella’s Insynctive® system.

This technology uses hidden security sensors that conserve the beauty 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

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 inviting to buyers.

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

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

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

Expert Design Advice at Pella of Gaithersburg

Ready to get underway updating your home? Stop into the Pella of Gaithersburg showroom or give our team a ring at 202-810-6722. 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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