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4 Home Improvements that Add Higher Resale Value

4 Home Improvements that Add Higher Resale Value

Considering selling your Charlotte home in the next several 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 abilities.

These projects are generally less pricey than a significant kitchen or master bathroom renovation. And they may help you net a bigger resale value for your home.

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

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 selection to a no mess, no guess installation day.

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4 Best Renovation Projects to Increase Home Value

Adding new windows and upgrading your front door are some of the best ways to enhance 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 predict to recover around 70 percent of the expense for new windows and doors. That’s about 10 percent more than a high-end kitchen or bathroom remodeling that costs considerably more.

1. Steel Front Door

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

Encompass by Pella® delivers the most wanted front door styles at reasonable prices. An elevated frame style for these low-maintenance doors protects 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

Browse our contemporary steel front door styles.

2. Vinyl Windows

Vinyl windows offer 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 necessary.

Priced to work with any budget, Pella® vinyl windows have customizable possibilities 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

Check out our energy-efficient vinyl window solutions.

3. Fiberglass Front Door with Sidelights

Improve your home’s curb appeal and charm buyers with a fancy grand entrance. Putting in a distinctive fiberglass front door with sidelights is another good way to increase your resale price.

Pella® Series fiberglass doors feature our exclusive PerformaSeal® design, which helps stop drafts and leaks. And our VividGrain™ stain process provides the genuine characteristics of wood. Pick 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

Browse all the prospects for your fiberglass front door project.

4. Wood Windows

Wood windows also supply a big return for higher home value.

They’re also:

  • Configurable
  • Energy efficient
  • Low maintenance when finished with a cladded exterior

Pella® Lifestyle Series offers the charm and durability of wood combined with versatile style and performance collections. This series offers 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

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 enhancements, such as Pella’s Insynctive® system.

This technology uses concealed security sensors that maintain the beauty of your Pella windows and doors. With just a tap, you can monitor your windows and doors and control blinds and shades from almost 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 found highly efficient ENERGY STAR® windows are especially attractive to buyers.

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

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

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

Expert Design Advice at Pella of Charlotte

Ready to start upgrading your home? Drop by the Pella of Charlotte showroom or give our team a ring at 704-228-9149. We’re happy to answer any questions you have.

Or, request 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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