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4 Home Improvements that Add Higher Resale Value

4 Home Improvements that Add Higher Resale Value

Thinking about selling your Indianapolis home in the next few years? Make it more valuable to buyers by replacing your windows and front door. And add desired features like energy efficiency and smart home capabilities.

These upgrades are usually less expensive 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 now at Pella of Indianapolis.

Our advisors can help you select the right windows and doors for your home. And provide expert advice for every piece 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

Installing new windows and modernizing your front door are some of the simplest ways to enhance your home’s value, according to Remodeling Magazine’s 2019 Cost vs Value Report.

The report analyzes average costs for 22 renovation 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 expense for new windows and doors. That’s about 10 percent more than a high-end kitchen or bathroom project that costs considerably more.

1. Steel Front Door

A steel front door is usually the lowest cost of the four projects we list. But it can recoup the biggest resale value.

Encompass by Pella® offers the most desired front door styles at reasonable prices. An elevated frame design for these easy-care doors shields 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 contemporary 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 suit any budget, Pella® vinyl windows feature customizable possibilities like triple-pane glass and InsulShield® to enhance 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

Check out our energy-efficient vinyl window solutions.

3. Fiberglass Front Door with Sidelights

Increase your home’s curb appeal and attract buyers with a grand grand entrance. Installing a prominent fiberglass front door with sidelights is another great way to add to your resale price.

Pella® Series fiberglass doors feature our patented PerformaSeal® design, which helps halt drafts and leaks. And our VividGrain™ stain method provides the authentic characteristics of wood. Pick from most-desired styles like flush-glazed full light, craftsman light and more.

Here’s how this project stacks up 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 bring a big return for heightened home value.

They’re also:

  • Personalizable
  • Energy efficient
  • Low maintenance when finished with a cladded surface

Pella® Lifestyle Series offers the attractiveness and durability of wood combined with adaptable style and performance packages. This series provides options that meet or surpass 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 customize 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 want smart technology in their new homes. At the top of the list is security- or safety-related enhancements, such as Pella’s Insynctive® system.

This technology uses out-of-sight security sensors that conserve the charm of your Pella windows and doors. With just a tap, you can keey an eye on your windows and doors and control blinds and shades from nearly 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 found highly efficient ENERGY STAR® windows are especially appealing to buyers.

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

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

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

Expert Design Advice at Pella of Indianapolis

Ready to get underway upgrading your home? Come to the Pella of Indianapolis showroom or give our team a buzz at 317-983-5922. 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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