Whether you’re planning to sell your home soon or you simply want to enhance its curb appeal, you’re likely looking into your renovation options. As you’re deciding what to repair and replace, you may wonder — does a new front door add value? Or do garage doors add value to your home? Luckily, replacing either or both of these doors will transform your home and up the value.
With that in mind, you’ll want to know the resale value of a new garage door and what the front door adds to your house value. See how these doors increase home value below.
CAN A FRONT DOOR INCREASE THE VALUE OF YOUR HOME?
Because it’s part of your home’s facade, a front door does add value to the house if it looks stylish. Purchasing a new entry door especially makes a difference to your home’s value. Beyond front door, interior doors also boost home value, ranging from folding doors to sliding glass walls.
When you conduct home improvements, you want to consider the return on investment (ROI). This refers to the added value of a renovation compared to the cost. Complete projects with a high ROI to get as much money back that you put into your home as possible when you sell. So how much value does a new front door add? According to Remodeling magazine, replacing your entry door has an average ROI of 74.9%.
With that ROI, you could potentially add three-quarters of the front door cost back into your home’s value. You could even add more value to your home, depending on the type of door you get and other adjustments you make to your home’s curb appeal.
HOW DOES THE ENTRY DOOR ADD VALUE?
How does a new front door add value to your house? It’s an essential part of your home’s exterior, and while it’s smaller than other parts of your facade, it has a significant impact. Replacing your current front door with a new one will increase your home’s value because it:
1. ATTRACTS POTENTIAL BUYERS
With an appealing home exterior, you may attract potential buyers for an open house as they walk or drive by. More visitors to your home could mean more potential homebuyers. That will create competition, which could help you get the most out of selling your house. At the very least, you’ll get more people viewing your home, and that benefits your chances of selling.
2. WELCOMES VISITORS
Once passersby notice your home, they’ll immediately take in the curb appeal. The facade of your home is the first thing to greet potential buyers. But as they head up to the front door, that’s what ushers them into their possible future home. You don’t want an unappealing door to greet guests, especially if you’re trying to sell your home.
Even if you don’t have plans to sell your house soon, an updated front door will make you feel happier with your home. You’ll be glad to step through the front door at the start of your day and when you return home. You’ll also feel comfortable inviting guests over when you have a welcoming entry door.
3. ADDS COLOR
A new front door is an opportunity to try a new style and an easy way to try a new color. Your entry door’s color sets the tone for the rest of your house and enhances your curb appeal. But you have to be careful with your color selection. Certain shades are better than others, but it will all depend on your house’s facade. You can also factor in your pool of potential buyers, considering whether they have more modern or traditional tastes.
Getting a new door can give you the chance to customize your entry via the manufacturer. If you can’t customize a certain style through the manufacturer, you can easily paint it before installing it. No matter how you customize your door’s color, you have a wide array of shades to select from. Popular front door color choices include:
- Black gives your home anything from a sleek and modern look to a more traditional touch. It can also provide the best resale value for your home because it is such a versatile color.
- White is another versatile shade that goes with classic or contemporary facades. It doesn’t draw as much attention, though, but it would be a safe option.
- Navy blue can be sleek or traditional, depending on the rest of your home. If a black door wouldn’t complement your home’s exterior, consider navy blue instead.
- Yellow is a cheerful color that’s sure to attract attention. It’s more of a gamble to go with this color since not every potential buyer will like it.
- Red is eye-catching. A red front door adds a traditional look to your home, and you can tone it down with a burgundy color if true red seems too bright.
You could also consider leaving your front door its natural wood tone. It gives your home a warm and inviting look that will complement other features of the exterior.
4. REPLACES AN OLD, WORN DOOR
If your current door is old, you may see signs of damage and wear. Those issues will be obvious to potential homebuyers when they visit your house. Because your front door is part of the first impression of your home, you don’t want there to be any rot, peeling paint or damaged weatherstripping. Buyers immediately see that your property isn’t turnkey and that they’ll have at least one issue to fix if they move in. A new door eliminates that issue and makes a good first impression.
5. PREVENTS DRAFTS
Over time, the weatherstripping of your old door may begin to rot. The jamb and the door itself could also become warped or rot, which all affects your door’s and home’s energy efficiency.
Having a quality door is particularly vital in the winter. If potential buyers enter your home and feel a draft after closing the front door, it’ll be a red flag for your home’s energy efficiency. It shows them that they have an issue to fix with the front door. They may think there will be even more things they have to take care of if they buy your home, especially since you haven’t maintained the front door.
With a new door, you won’t have to worry about drafts. Replace all the components of your door that you have problems with, from weatherstripping to the jamb or frame, to help your home maintain its temperature and increase its value.