Best Home Improvements to Increase Resale Value

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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 10 ENERGY STAR awards, including the Sustained Excellence Award for Door and Window Manufacturing in 2017.

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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 five of the top 10 best value home upgrades, according to Remodeling Magazine's 2017 Cost vs. Value Report.

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:

Entry Doors

The No. 2 best value project for mid-range home improvements is installation of a new steel entry door, for which you will recoup 90.7% of the cost, according to the report. (See ProVia's Legacy Steel entry doors.) Fiberglass door replacements also scored among the top 10 upscale home upgrades, with the installation of a replacement fiberglass door providing a 77.8% of return on investment and the addition of a grand entrance fiberglass door recouping 70.1% of its cost. (See ProVia's Embarq, Signet and Heritage fiberglass entry doors. Learn about the differences between steel and fiberglass entry doors.)


Replacing old windows with new vinyl windows also is considered a good return on investment, with upscale vinyl windows recouping 73.9% 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:

  • Beauty
  • Durability
  • Security
  • 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 and Choosing the Right Style of Windows for Your Home)


Vinyl siding also makes it to the Top 10 list of best value home improvements.  You can expect new vinyl siding to provide about 76.4% 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 manufacturers to offer products that last longer, look nicer and provide good weatherability. (Learn the differences between vinyl siding and fiber cement.)

Those same attributes also prove to be major benefits of entry door and window replacement projects – whether you're planning to sell your home or not.

Other Top Projects

Replacement projects aren't the only cost-effective option for improving your home's curb appeal and value. Exterior upgrades can also provide significant advantages, according to the 2017 report.

For instance, adding manufactured stone veneer accents to the exterior of your home is a great way to turn a very ordinary house into a stunner and is the #3 highest ranked home remodeling investment based on ROI.

Manufactured stone offers an 89.4% return on investment, plus the beauty of real stone without the added expense. 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

(View ProVia's manufactured stone applications photo gallery.)

Maximum Impact

Remodeling's 2017 report1 characterized the current state of home upgrades as a package of several small, incremental improvements instead of a single extravagant splash.

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, every smaller step will enhance the bigger improvements to help you sell your home at the best price.

Not sure where to start? Peruse the ProVia photo gallery for more entry door, window, vinyl siding or manufactured stone ideas. locate a ProVia dealer.