Published on: October 25, 2022
As you look for ways to enhance your home’s curb appeal, don’t look past doors replacement. It’s one of the best renovation projects you can take on to improve the value of your home. Replacing doors and garage doors can transform the look of your home while making it more comfortable and enjoyable for you to live in your home.
If you’re looking for the greatest return on investment (ROI) when renovating your home, here’s why you might consider new exterior doors or patio doors.
Exterior door replacement is an important aspect of your home’s façade. A front door can make your home look stylish and inviting, which is a major reason why it can add such value to your home.
As you complete home improvement projects and renovations, you should consider the ROI of each activity, or you’ll simply have sunk costs in your home. When talking about ROI for your home, this refers to the total resale value compared to how much you spent on upgrading your home.
Projects that ensure you get the same amount of money back in the value of your home as what you invested in the project are considered a good value.
According to Remodeling Magazine, door replacement has an average ROI of 74.9 percent. That means that you’ll get about three-fourths the cost of your door back into your home’s value. And depending on which door you choose and other exterior improvements you undertake, you could get the full value back because of how attractive your home now is to other buyers.
But if you’re worried about that other 25 percent, don’t forget your personal enjoyment of the new doors. So if you think you’ll live in your home for a few more years, the enjoyment you’ll get from driving up to your more attractive home after the work day and reduced indoor drafts will be worth the investment.
The concept that door replacement can make your home more valuable might sound somewhat strange. But if you take a closer look at the reasoning behind the increased value, you’ll see why it is the case. Here’s a look at the five factors that help door replacement pay off for your home.
The more appealing the exterior of your home is, the more likely you’ll be to attract various buyers, which could start a bidding war. From the moment that visitors approach your home, they’ll feel excited about the potential of living there. That excitement can mean that you get more value out of your home because the buyer is willing to bid higher to ensure they win your home. But buyer attraction also ensures more foot traffic during open houses, which can increase your chances of selling your home.
People passing by your home will take note of its curb appeal. Your home’s façade is the first thing that will greet and welcome your potential home buyers. The front door will usher them inside and make them start envisioning their future there. An unappealing front door could be a major turnoff for visitors.
But even if you have no plans to sell your home soon, updating your front door can welcome guests and help them feel happier as they enter. You’ll feel good about starting your day entering the front door, whether you’re coming home to relax or spend time with loved ones.
Having a new front door might also instill confidence in you that you can and should invite guests to your home.
You can express some personality through your front door. With a new style and vibrant color, your door can set the tone for the rest of your home while still adding to its curb appeal.
That’s not to say you should go crazy with your color selection for the door. You want to be strategic in the colors you select for your façade. Your front door choice can also impact your potential home buying pool based on the door’s style.
Customize the door based on manufacturer options to reduce the work involved in preparing and installing your new front door. Evaluate different styles and the colors they come in to express your style while keeping costs and manual labor down.
Here’s a look at some of the most popular front door colors to guide you in making the most practical choice for your home.
Natural wood tones are also popular on some home styles. Just be sure that it works with the rest of your façade before going with this color.
If you currently look at your home and all you see is a heavily worn door with damage, that is all your potential home buyers or visitors will see too. Your front door is an essential element of the first impression that home buyers get from visiting your home. You don’t want that first impression to be of peeling paint, damaged weather stripping or even wood rot.
Buyers that see a poorly maintained front door will wonder what else is wrong with your home. But they’ll also see that your home is not move-in ready, which can reduce their interest in the property.
Exterior doors don’t last forever. With time, their weatherstripping deteriorates or wears off. Plus, the door jamb can become warped, which prevents the door from sealing tightly when closed. All this will reduce the energy efficiency of your home.
You don’t want potential buyers walking into a drafty home on a brisk day. That will be a real red flag for the home and could lead to the buyer showing no interest in your home.
New front doors should not have any drafts because the weatherstripping is new and the door fits snuggly into its frame.
Selecting the best exterior doors for your home can be tricky. All you have to go off of is a display at a hardware or home improvement store. This won’t provide the best insight into how the door will function or look on your home.
The experts at 2FL Windows, Siding and Roofing can work with you to improve your exterior doors during window or siding projects to create an entirely new façade for your home. Schedule your free in-home estimate now to learn more about our services.
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