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4 Home Improvements that Add Higher Resale Value

4 Home Improvements that Add Higher Resale Value

Considering selling your Portsmouth home in the next several years? Make it more attractive to buyers by updating your windows and front door. And add desired features like energy efficiency and smart home functions.

These enhancements are usually less costly than a in-depth kitchen or master bathroom update. And they may help you receive a larger resale value for your home.

We can help you get started right away at Pella of Portsmouth.

Our advisors can help you choose the correct 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.

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4 Best Renovation Projects to Increase Home Value

Putting in new windows and modernizing 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 remodeling projects and their resale values in 136 markets throughout the country.

When selling your home, you can expect to reclaim 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 significantly more.

1. Steel Front Door

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

Encompass by Pella® provides the most wanted front door styles at competitive prices. An elevated frame format for these low-maintenance doors protects 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 models.

2. Vinyl Windows

Vinyl windows provide one of the biggest returns for your investment. They’re attractive to buyers because they’re energy efficient and low maintenance. No scraping or painting necessary.

Priced to fit any budget, Pella® vinyl windows have 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 options.

3. Fiberglass Front Door with Sidelights

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

Pella® Series fiberglass doors feature our signature PerformaSeal® design, which helps block drafts and leaks. And our VividGrain™ stain procedure offers the authentic look of wood. Choose 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

See all the possibilities for your fiberglass front door project.

4. Wood Windows

Wood windows also supply a major return for heightened home value.

They’re also:

  • Customizable
  • Energy efficient
  • Low maintenance when finished with a cladded outside

Pella® Lifestyle Series includes the charm and strength of wood combined with versatile style and performance collections. This series offers options that qualify for 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 personalize our wood windows to meet your home’s needs.

Other Most Desirable Features for Home Buyers

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

Smart Technology

A 2018 survey by Coldwell Banker discovered buyers prefer smart technology in their new homes. Heading the list is security- or safety-related improvements, like Pella’s Insynctive® system.

This technology uses concealed security sensors that preserve the beauty of your Pella windows and doors. With just a tap, you can monitor your windows and doors and move blinds and shades from virtually 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 revealed highly efficient ENERGY STAR® windows are especially inviting to buyers.

  • 51 percent ranked them as “desirable”
  • 38 percent regard them “essential”

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

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

Expert Design Advice at Pella of Portsmouth

Ready to get underway remodeling your home? Drop by the Pella of Portsmouth showroom or give our team a ring at 603-427-0677. 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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