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4 Home Improvements that Add Higher Resale Value

4 Home Improvements that Add Higher Resale Value

Contemplating selling your Santa Fe home in the next couple of years? Make it more valuable to buyers by replacing your windows and front door. And add desired features like energy efficiency and smart home functions.

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

We can help you get in motion right away at Pella of Santa Fe.

Our advisors can help you select the right windows and doors for your home. And give expert advice for every part of your project—from product ordering 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 boost your home’s value, according to Remodeling Magazine’s 2019 Cost vs Value Report.

The report analyzes average costs for 22 improvement 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 cost for new windows and doors. That’s about 10 percent more than a high-end kitchen or bathroom remodeling that costs significantly more.

1. Steel Front Door

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

Encompass by Pella® offers the most popular front door styles at affordable prices. An elevated frame style for these low-maintenance 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 modern steel front door styles.

2. Vinyl Windows

Vinyl windows provide one of the largest returns for your cost. They’re enticing 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 options like triple-pane glass and InsulShield® to boost 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

Explore our energy-efficient vinyl window solutions.

3. Fiberglass Front Door with Sidelights

Improve 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 increase your resale price.

Pella® Series fiberglass doors have our signature PerformaSeal® design, which helps block drafts and leaks. And our VividGrain™ stain method provides the authentic appearance of wood. Pick 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 provide a big return for heightened home value.

They’re also:

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

Pella® Lifestyle Series offers the beauty and endurance of wood included with flexible style and performance collections. This series provides options that fulfill or exceed 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 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. Heading the list is security- or safety-related improvements, much like Pella’s Insynctive® system.

This technology uses hidden security sensors that conserve the beauty 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 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 found highly efficient ENERGY STAR® windows are especially inviting to buyers.

  • 51 percent rated 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 right away.

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

Expert Design Advice at Pella of Santa Fe

Ready to start upgrading your home? Stop into the Pella of Santa Fe showroom or give our team a buzz at 505-373-1286. 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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