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4 Home Improvements that Add Higher Resale Value

4 Home Improvements that Add Higher Resale Value

Contemplating selling your Des Moines home in the next couple of years? Make it more valuable to buyers by updating your windows and front door. And add most-wanted features like energy efficiency and smart home capabilities.

These upgrades are usually less pricey than a major kitchen or master bathroom renovation. And they may help you receive a larger resale value for your home.

We can help you get started today at Pella of Des Moines.

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

Installing new windows and updating 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 remodeling projects and their resale values in 136 markets throughout 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 remodeling that costs remarkably more.

1. Steel Front Door

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

Encompass by Pella® offers the most popular front door styles at competitive prices. An elevated frame format 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

Explore our up-to-date steel front door styles.

2. Vinyl Windows

Vinyl windows deliver one of the biggest returns for your money. They’re attractive to 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 choices like triple-pane glass and InsulShield® to increase energy efficiency.

Here’s how new vinyl windows measure 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 wow buyers with an upscale grand entrance. Adding a striking fiberglass front door with sidelights is another fantastic 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 process delivers the real look of wood. Choose from most-desired 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 bring a major return for heightened home value.

They’re also:

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

Pella® Lifestyle Series includes the attractiveness and strength of wood incorporated with versatile style and performance packages. This series offers options that qualify for or exceed 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

Find out how you can personalize our wood windows to match your home’s needs.

Other Most Desirable Features for Home Buyers

Add more interest for buyers with smart technology and energy-efficient windows.

Smart Technology

A 2018 survey by Coldwell Banker found buyers desire 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 preserve the attractiveness of your Pella windows and doors. With just a tap, you can check your windows and doors and control blinds and shades from almost anywhere.2

Energy-Efficient Windows

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 found highly efficient ENERGY STAR® windows are especially appealing 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 average homeowner can save $126–$465 every year when replacing single-pane windows with ENERGY STAR windows.

Expert Design Advice at Pella of Des Moines

Ready to start upgrading your home? Come to the Pella of Des Moines showroom or give our team a buzz at 515-219-7723. 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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