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4 Home Improvements that Add Higher Resale Value

4 Home Improvements that Add Higher Resale Value

Considering selling your Salt Lake City home in the next several years? Make it more valuable to buyers by changing your windows and front door. And add popular features like energy efficiency and smart home capabilities.

These projects are typically less costly than a significant kitchen or master bathroom update. And they may help you receive a bigger resale value for your home.

We can help you get started now at Pella of Salt Lake City.

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

Putting in new windows and upgrading your front door are some of the simplest ways to increase your home’s value, according to Remodeling Magazine’s 2019 Cost vs Value Report.

The report evaluates average costs for 22 renovation projects and their resale values in 136 markets throughout the country.

When selling your home, you can anticipate to recover around 70 percent of the cost 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 typically the most reasonable cost of the four projects we cover. But it can recover the highest resale value.

Encompass by Pella® delivers the most popular front door styles at affordable prices. An elevated frame design for these easy-care doors protects 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 designs.

2. Vinyl Windows

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

Priced to work with any budget, Pella® vinyl windows have customizable choices like triple-pane glass and InsulShield® to increase energy efficiency.

Here’s how new vinyl windows rate 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 wow buyers with a fancy grand entrance. Installing a prominent fiberglass front door with sidelights is another great way to add to your resale price.

Pella® Series fiberglass doors include our patented PerformaSeal® design, which helps stop drafts and leaks. And our VividGrain™ stain method offers the authentic look of wood. Pick from most-wanted 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 possibilities for your fiberglass front door project.

4. Wood Windows

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

They’re also:

  • Customizable
  • Energy efficient
  • Low maintenance when coupled with a cladded surface

Pella® Lifestyle Series brings the attractiveness and endurance of wood incorporated with adaptable style and performance collections. This series provides options that meet 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

Find out how you can customize our wood windows to fit your home’s needs.

Other Most Desirable Features for Home Buyers

Add more interest for buyers with smart technology and energy-efficient windows.

Smart Technology

A 2018 survey by Coldwell Banker learned buyers desire smart technology in their new homes. Heading the list is security- or safety-related improvements, 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 monitor 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 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 right away.

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

Expert Design Advice at Pella of Salt Lake City

Ready to start updating your home? Drop by the Pella of Salt Lake City showroom or give our team a call at 385-203-8083. 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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