If you’re contemplating putting your house on the market this year, the spring and summer selling seasons are right around the corner. In the Twin Cities’ crowded realty market, it can be difficult to stand out from your competition, but fortunately, a bit of sprucing before you stake your sign can make all the difference.
At Keyprime Roofing, we know spring and summer are also incredibly busy seasons for new home construction and home renovations. So, if you’re hoping to snag a spot on your contractor’s schedule, now’s the time to start planning your home improvements. If you’re looking to increase your asking price and wow potential buyers, here are the top X home renovations we think you should consider:
New Entry Door Installation
A new entry door might not seem all that impressive, but you might be surprised how much appeal it can add to your home. Beyond visual appeal, the primary consideration for any home renovation is its cost-to-benefit ratio—will it actually yield a return, or are you just paying for a pretty decoration? Rest assured, a new entry door is more than just aesthetic; it also boosts your home’s overall energy efficiency and adds to the security of your property.
Based on those considerations, combined with its aesthetic appeal, the average new entry door recoups approximately 91% of its initial investment. So, the real question is: What kind of door should you select? Opt for one of the following, if your budget allows:
● Fiberglass. Insulated fiberglass doors are more energy efficient than traditional wood; even better, they require almost zero maintenance. With fiberglass, you can achieve the look and appeal of a beautiful wood entry door without the inherent threat of warping and deterioration.
● Steel. Steel entry doors are highly energy efficient and offer superior security, strength, durability, and longevity over other types of doors. Steel doors are impervious to warping, dents, and rust, and even better, they’re usually less costly than wood and fiberglass.
● Wood. Traditional wood doors are highly customizable, and therefore, highly aesthetic. A major downside of wood, however, is its relatively low energy-efficiency rating and its susceptibility to warping and deterioration. That said, wood doors have long enjoyed tremendous popularity, primarily due to their overall visual appeal.
● Aluminum. Often used in patio door frames and storm doors, aluminum rivals steel and fiberglass in terms of its energy efficiency and durability. Aluminum is also a very low maintenance material, which makes it an attractive choice for many homeowners.
Over the last several years, energy efficiency has become a primary concern for conscientious homeowners, which makes window replacement a smart choice if you’re planning to sell. New windows don’t just help your home stand out; they also help reduce yearly heating and cooling costs, which is a great selling point when entertaining prospective buyers.
On average, new, energy-efficient windows recoup about 75% of their initial investment, so they may not be a must-have for every seller. That said, if you plan to stay in your home awhile, you’ll enjoy lower energy costs throughout the year. What types of windows should you consider? Here’s what we recommend:
● Vinyl windows. Vinyl is more energy efficient than wood or aluminum, plus, it’s highly durable and requires very little maintenance. Even better, vinyl is incredibly versatile and can be fashioned into almost any shape, size, framework, texture, and operating mechanism you desire.
● Clad windows. Clad windows feature a wood interior covered by a low-maintenance aluminum, fiberglass, or vinyl exterior. They offer the aesthetic appeal of real wood, but without the inherent risk of warping and deterioration. Plus, they’re highly energy efficient, especially in combination with multi-pane glass.
● Wood windows. A true classic, wood offers unrivaled aesthetic appeal, but, unfortunately, it’s also susceptible to warping and deterioration. As for energy efficiency, wood may not be the highest on the list, but when combined with multi-pane glass, new wood windows can also reduce your heating and cooling costs.
New Siding Installation
The first thing prospective buyers see when they pull up outside your home is its exterior, so making a great first impression is critical for success. If you’re dressing your home to impress, one of the most effective, yet overlooked home improvements you should entertain is new exterior siding.
New siding installation not only increases the aesthetic appeal of your home’s exterior, but depending on the material you choose, it can also improve your home’s energy efficiency. On average, this renovation recoups approximately 89% of its initial investment.
Upgrading Your Home? Trust Keyprime Roofing With Your Renovations
At Keyprime Roofing, our philosophy is simple: Deliver cost-effective, high-quality, meaningful home renovations for residents throughout the Minneapolis metro. We’re more than a roofing company; we specialize in siding installation, window replacement, new door installation, and a variety of other services designed to make your home renovations as seamless as possible.
Whether you’re planning to sell your home and want a higher asking price, or you’re simply updating your home’s energy efficiency, our team will help you bring your vision to life. To learn more about contractor services or to schedule an appointment, give our team a call at 952-426-0132. You can also reach out to us on our contact page or request your free quote online.