Contemplating selling your Washington DC home in the next few years? Make it more valuable to buyers by replacing your windows and front door. And add popular features like energy efficiency and smart home functions.
These projects are typically less pricey than a significant kitchen or master bathroom renovation. And they may help you net a higher resale value for your home.
We can help you get started now at Pella of Washington DC.
Our advisors can help you find the correct windows and doors for your home. And offer expert advice for every step of your project—from product selection to a no mess, no guess installation day.
4 Best Renovation Projects to Increase Home Value
Installing new windows and updating your front door are some of the best ways to enhance 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 recoup around 70 percent of the total 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 lowest cost of the four projects we list. But it can recover the highest resale value.
Encompass by Pella® delivers the most popular front door styles at reasonable prices. An elevated frame design for these easy to care for doors guards 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
Browse our up-to-date steel front door models.
2. Vinyl Windows
Vinyl windows provide one of the highest returns for your cost. They’re enticing to buyers because they’re energy efficient and low maintenance. No scraping or painting necessary.
Priced to fit 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
Explore our energy-efficient vinyl window choices.
3. Fiberglass Front Door with Sidelights
Increase your home’s curb appeal and attract buyers with a fancy grand entrance. Putting in a striking fiberglass front door with sidelights is another fantastic 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 process delivers the real characteristics of wood. Choose from most-wanted 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
Browse all the possibilities for your fiberglass front door project.
4. Wood Windows
Wood windows also bring a big return for higher home value.
- Energy efficient
- Low maintenance when connected with a cladded surface
Pella® Lifestyle Series includes the beauty and strength of wood incorporated with flexible style and performance collections. This series offers options that qualify for or top 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 personalize 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.
A 2018 survey by Coldwell Banker learned buyers want smart technology in their new homes. At the top of the list is security- or safety-related upgrades, much like Pella’s Insynctive® system.
This technology uses out-of-sight security sensors that maintain the attractiveness of your Pella windows and doors. With just a tap, you can check your windows and doors and move blinds and shades from almost anywhere.2
Nearly 90 percent of buyers want a home with energy-efficient windows, according to a 2019 report by the National Association of Home Builders.
The report discovered highly efficient ENERGY STAR® windows are especially inviting to buyers.
- 51 percent ranked them as “desirable”
- 38 percent deem them “essential”
Even if you aren’t selling your home right away, installing energy-efficient windows can help you save now.
The average homeowner can save $126–$465 each year when substituting single-pane windows with ENERGY STAR windows.
Expert Design Advice at Pella of Washington DC
Ready to begin updating your home? Stop into the Pella of Washington DC showroom or give our team a call at (202) 810-6799. 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.