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4 Home Improvements that Add Higher Resale Value

4 Home Improvements that Add Higher Resale Value

Considering selling your Ketchum home in the next couple of years? Make it more attractive to buyers by changing your windows and front door. And add popular features like energy efficiency and smart home abilities.

These upgrades are usually less expensive than a significant kitchen or master bathroom update. And they may help you net a larger resale value for your home.

We can help you get going right away at Pella of Ketchum.

Our advisors can help you find the right windows and doors for your home. And provide 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 updating your front door are some of the best 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 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 remarkably more.

1. Steel Front Door

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

Encompass by Pella® offers the most wanted front door styles at competitive prices. An elevated frame design for these low-maintenance doors shields 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 up-to-date steel front door models.

2. Vinyl Windows

Vinyl windows provide one of the largest returns for your investment. They’re desirable for 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 options like triple-pane glass and InsulShield® to increase energy efficiency.

Here’s how new vinyl windows rank 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

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

Pella® Series fiberglass doors include our signature PerformaSeal® design, which helps halt drafts and leaks. And our VividGrain™ stain procedure delivers the genuine 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

See all the options for your fiberglass front door project.

4. Wood Windows

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

They’re also:

  • Personalizable
  • Energy efficient
  • Low maintenance when coupled with a cladded exterior

Pella® Lifestyle Series offers the charm and endurance of wood incorporated with versatile style and performance possibilities. This series has options that qualify for or surpass 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

Learn how you can customize our wood windows to fit 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 learned buyers prefer smart technology in their new homes. Leading the list is security- or safety-related improvements, such as Pella’s Insynctive® system.

This technology uses hidden security sensors that maintain the attractiveness of your Pella windows and doors. With just a tap, you can keey an eye on your windows and doors and move blinds and shades from virtually 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 appealing 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 average homeowner can save $126–$465 every year when exchanging single-pane windows with ENERGY STAR windows.

Expert Design Advice at Pella of Ketchum

Ready to begin remodeling your home? Come to the Pella of Ketchum showroom or give our team a call at 208-726-0060. 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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