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4 Home Improvements that Add Higher Resale Value

4 Home Improvements that Add Higher Resale Value

Thinking about selling your Syracuse home in the next several years? Make it more attractive to buyers by changing your windows and front door. And add most-wanted features like energy efficiency and smart home functions.

These upgrades are generally less pricey than a major kitchen or master bathroom update. And they may help you get a bigger resale value for your home.

We can help you get going now at Pella of Syracuse.

Our advisors can help you find the right windows and doors for your home. And give expert advice for every step of your project—from product choice 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 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 across 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 often the most reasonable cost of the four projects we include. But it can capture the highest resale value.

Encompass by Pella® provides the most desired front door styles at affordable prices. An elevated frame style for these easy to care for doors shields against damaging moisture.

Here’s how a new steel front door measures 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 designs.

2. Vinyl Windows

Vinyl windows deliver one of the highest returns for your cost. They’re enticing to buyers because they’re energy efficient and low maintenance. No scraping or painting necessary.

Priced to work with any budget, Pella® vinyl windows include customizable choices like triple-pane glass and InsulShield® to enhance 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 options.

3. Fiberglass Front Door with Sidelights

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

Pella® Series fiberglass doors include our patented PerformaSeal® design, which helps stop drafts and leaks. And our VividGrain™ stain process provides the authentic appearance of wood. Select from most-desired 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

Browse all the possibilities for your fiberglass front door project.

4. Wood Windows

Wood windows also provide a large return for heightened home value.

They’re also:

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

Pella® Lifestyle Series brings the attractiveness and durability of wood incorporated with adaptable style and performance possibilities. This series has options that meet 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

Discover how you can personalize our wood windows to meet 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 discovered buyers prefer smart technology in their new homes. Heading the list is security- or safety-related enhancements, much like Pella’s Insynctive® system.

This technology uses concealed security sensors that preserve the attractiveness 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 almost anywhere.2

Energy-Efficient Windows

Nearly 90 percent of buyers desire 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 consider them “essential”

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

A typical homeowner can save $126–$465 each year when replacing single-pane windows with ENERGY STAR windows.

Expert Design Advice at Pella of Syracuse

Ready to start upgrading your home? Stop into the Pella of Syracuse showroom or give our team a buzz at 315-565-0399. 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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