New doors, windows, siding and stone increase your home's resale value and boost curb appeal
Eventually, just about everyone sells a home.
Whether it's your own property – after all, the average American family lives in their home for just 12 years – or the home of a loved one, at some point you're going to have to sell a house. And you're going to want to get the best possible price.
When that time comes, exterior home improvement projects provide two important advantages that work in your favor:
- Good curb appeal attracts more buyers and can help your home sell more quickly.
- Exterior home improvements can increase your house value by 5-10%.
In fact, exterior home improvement projects account for seven of the top 10 best value home upgrades, according to Remodeling Magazine's 2018 Cost vs. Value Report.
How to Identify an Energy-Efficient Entry Door
You know you have purchased an energy-efficient door if it has the ENERGY STAR label.
ENERGY STAR qualified doors and windows meet strict energy-efficiency standards. Replacing old doors & windows with ENERGY STAR products can lower household energy bills by 7-15 percent.
ProVia has won 11 ENERGY STAR awards, including the Sustained Excellence Award for Door and Window Manufacturing in 2017 and 2018.
Best Value Home Improvements
The report1 found that “curb appeal” projects generated overall higher returns on investment than interior remodels. Furthermore, the real estate professionals surveyed for the report gave the highest scores to projects that replaced existing features, like:
Manufactured Stone Veneer
The No. 2 best value project overall and No. 1 in the mid-range home improvement category is installation of manufactured stone veneer, which returns 97.1% of one’s investment. Pairing nicely with vinyl siding, manufactured stone can help achieve any design style and provides a nearly unending array of options for upgrading your home exterior, such as:
- Glamming up an entryway
- Adding dramatic appeal to your home's façade
- Highlighting special architectural details
- Creating a luxurious patio setting
The No. 2 best value project for mid-range home improvements and No. 3 overall is installation of a new steel entry door, for which you will recoup 91.3% of the cost, according to the report. (See ProVia's Legacy Steel entry doors.) Adding a grand entrance fiberglass door also scored well with a 67.6% of return on investment. (See ProVia's Embarq, Signet and Heritage fiberglass entry doors. Learn about the differences between steel and fiberglass entry doors.)
The No. 5 overall best value exterior home improvement is siding. You can expect new vinyl siding to provide about 76.7% return on your investment.
New siding is such a good value because the technology of vinyl siding has improved tremendously over the past 30 years, enabling ProVia to offer products that last longer, look nicer and provide good weatherability. (Learn the differences between vinyl siding and fiber cement.)
ProVia offers three types of vinyl siding – insulated vinyl siding, traditional vinyl siding, and decorative vinyl siding (shakes & scallops and board ‘n batten).
Replacing vinyl windows finished No. 7 in overall best value home improvement, with upscale vinyl windows recouping 74.3% of their cost.
Looking for curb appeal with an added dash of oomph? Decorative glass is a great option for new windows that will make your home a standout.
Aside from the boost in curb appeal and home value, new doors and windows also provide increased:
- Energy/Thermal Efficiency
Protecting your home's interior from sun damage and allowing simplified cleaning are additional advantages offered by replacement windows. (Read 5 Tips for Choosing the Best Replacement Windows, Choosing the Right Style of Windows for Your Home and How to Know it’s Time to Replace your Windows)
ProVia offers three high-quality, energy-efficient window lines that meet every customer’s budget (Endure, Aspect, ecoLite) and one luxury line of vinyl exterior-wood interior windows (Aeris).
Remodeling's 2018 report1 noted that mid-range investments fared better than large, upscale projects.
Considering this trend, you may want to take a comprehensive approach to maximizing your home's curb appeal and value – say, by pairing a new entry door with manufactured stone and updated fixtures for an eye-catching effect, or replacing your doors and windows at the same time to create a cohesive exterior appearance for your home.
And don't forget the little things. Upgraded hardware, scrubbed walkways, fresh mulch and landscaping, a new welcome mat, attention to small details will enhance the bigger improvements to help you sell your home at the best price.