Contemplating selling your Albany home in the next couple of years? Make it more valuable to buyers by updating your windows and front door. And add most-wanted features like energy efficiency and smart home abilities.
These enhancements are generally less pricey than a in-depth kitchen or master bathroom renovation. And they may help you get a higher resale value for your home.
We can help you get going right away at Pella of Albany.
Our advisors can help you select the correct windows and doors for your home. And give expert advice for every part of your project—from product selection to a no mess, no guess installation day.
4 Best Renovation Projects to Increase Home Value
Adding new windows and updating your front door are some of the easiest ways to increase 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 around the country.
When selling your home, you can anticipate to recoup around 70 percent of the expense for new windows and doors. That’s about 10 percent more than a high-end kitchen or bathroom remodeling that costs considerably more.
1. Steel Front Door
A steel front door is often the smallest cost of the four projects we include. But it can capture the largest resale value.
Encompass by Pella® provides the most desired 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 rates for cost and added value:
- Average cost for replacement: $1,826
- Average increased home value: $1,368
- Return on investment: 74 percent
Check out our contemporary steel front door designs.
2. Vinyl Windows
Vinyl windows deliver one of the biggest returns for your investment. They’re attractive to buyers because they’re energy efficient and low maintenance. No scraping or painting required.
Priced to fit any budget, Pella® vinyl windows include 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 choices.
3. Fiberglass Front Door with Sidelights
Enhance your home’s curb appeal and wow buyers with an upscale grand entrance. Putting in a prominent fiberglass front door with sidelights is another great way to increase your resale price.
Pella® Series fiberglass doors include our signature PerformaSeal® design, which helps block drafts and leaks. And our VividGrain™ stain procedure delivers the authentic look of wood. Choose from most-desired 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
View all the prospects for your fiberglass front door project.
4. Wood Windows
Wood windows also supply a major return for increased home value.
- Energy efficient
- Low maintenance when coupled with a cladded surface
Pella® Lifestyle Series brings the charm and strength of wood incorporated with adaptable style and performance collections. This series provides options that qualify for 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
Find out how you can customize our wood windows to match your home’s needs.
Other Most Desirable Features for Home Buyers
Add more interest for buyers with smart technology and energy-efficient windows.
A 2018 survey by Coldwell Banker found buyers prefer smart technology in their new homes. Leading the list is security- or safety-related improvements, much like Pella’s Insynctive® system.
This technology uses out-of-sight 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
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 ranked them as “desirable”
- 38 percent regard them “essential”
Even if you aren’t selling your home right away, putting in energy-efficient windows can help you save now.
A typical homeowner can save $126–$465 annually when exchanging single-pane windows with ENERGY STAR windows.
Expert Design Advice at Pella of Albany
Ready to begin upgrading your home? Drop by the Pella of Albany showroom or give our team a ring at 518-414-5302. 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.