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Curb appeal is one of the most important things to consider when you are selling your home. In today’s market, buyers do most of their home searching online, and real estate websites show ONE picture of the home along with maybe an address or bedroom and bathroom count. That one picture needs to draw a buyer in and make them interested in finding out more about your home. And that one picture is typically of the front of the house. Your curb appeal is going to be what draws potential buyers to look at your listing and look through the rest of the pictures of your home.

That is a lot of pressure on just that one picture. But luckily there are some quick and easy upgrades you can do to make sure your home’s curb appeal stands out against the rest and draws in potential buyers. One of the easiest upgrades you can do to boost your curb appeal and make your home stand out is to give some love to your front door.

The front door is one of the first things people will notice when they view your home. It provides you with security and protection but it can also make a bold statement and reflect the care and love you have given your home.

If your front door is creaky, drafty, has cracks, or simply doesn’t match your home’s exterior or your taste you may want to consider replacing your door. There are lots of options to consider when picking out your new front door. You will need to decide on the material and the style.

Materials:

-          Wood – Beautiful and classic but solid wood can be expensive and can be sensitive to the weather. They have come out with wood doors that are filled with steel to minimize the cost and weather sensitivity.

-          Fiberglass – Durable and reasonably priced. The Fiberglass composite door is filled with a foam core, this makes them good insulators and able to withstand harsh climates.

-          Steel- Strong and the least expensive option, but steel doors can be easily dented and they have shorter life spans than the other options. They are not well suited for extreme climates but they can be energy efficient depending on their core.

Styles:

-          Solid Panel Doors

-          Arched Doors

-          Dutch or Split Doors

-          Double Doors

-          Decorative with Glass Inserts

-          Frosted Glass Doors with Wrought Iron Overlaid

Once you have made your material and style selections you get to pick a color. The color of your front door should coordinate with the exterior style and colors of your home but it is also a great opportunity to go bold or make a statement. Colors can express a lot about your personality, how you see the world or how you want to be seen. Take a look at some color theory about the 5 most popular front door colors below.

·         Blue.
Blue is the most popular color in many studies, it signals that the homeowner views their home as a place of refuge -- calm, serene, and relaxing, the perfect retreat.

·         Green.
Green is also a very popular color choice for the front door. Psychologically speaking, green implies health, safety, tranquility, and harmony, all highly desirable attributes for the home environment.

·         Black.
A black front door projects strength, sophistication, power, and authority, indicating to all who enter or even passersby that the home is a serious place inhabited by a person of substance.

·         Red.
Painting the front door red means the home is a vibrant place, full of life, energy, and excitement. The Chinese believe red to be lucky and a welcoming color, in America is means a safe stop for travelers and in Scotland it means a paid off mortgage.

·         Brown.
Whether painted or stained, a brown front door looks natural and organic, but it can send mixed messages. On the one hand, brown conveys warmth, stability, and reliability, positive attributes all, but darker shades of brown signal a desire for privacy, even isolation.

Now that you are aware of the importance of curb appeal and the drastic change a new front door or a new front door color can make to your home. Go out and pretty up those front doors and have confidence that your home will stand out and draw buyer’s attention. 

 

Blog by Cara Fust

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