Your front door is one of the first things your visitors will see when they step into your homestead. If neglected, the front door can look outdated, dull and worn out and this can have a negative impact on your curb appeal.
If you’re planning to sell your home, the front door will set the first impression and the overall mood that your potential buyer will carry throughout the entire house viewing session. This is why today we’re sharing five simple tips you can use to refresh your front door, improve curb appeal and, to some extent, increase the overall value to your home.
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Update Your Color
As I have mentioned many times before, painting is the easiest, cheapest and most transformative form of house renovation, or in this case, front door refinishing. Repainting your front door can be done in a day and will definitely improve your curb appeal and aesthetics of your home.
Pick your favorite color, something that reflects on your personality, but at the same time, keep everything coordinated. Feel free to experiment–go bold and bright, or at least pick something out of the ordinary. Some degree of contrast is desirable, but color clashing might make your door look out of place, so keep the balance.
Add Trim Around Your Door
A trim on your house is kind of an outline that guides the viewer’s eyes, keeping everything in a frame and providing an impression of size. Adding trim around your door is an excellent way to highlight it, especially if it has been well-maintained or has some unique features that you would love to show off. It simply adds another layer of beauty that can be used to introduce some contrast when accenting is needed. When added around the windows as well, it acts as a unifying factor.
Refinish The Deck
Your front door deck plays a major role in enhancing your home’s aesthetic appeal. Decks often require refining after 3-5 years. This can be either repainting or applying a new stain, depending on your preference. If the deck is not refinished regularly, the paint or stain will wear out and leave your woodwork exposed to damaging elements such as precipitation, moisture, mold and mildew growth, and UV rays.
To enhance your front door, hire a professional painting contractor to refinish your deck and follow deck maintenance practices such as regular washing. If you’re planning to resell your home soon, this simple update will definitely pay off.
Add Some Greenery
If your porch isn’t too small, consider adding a pot or two of greenery. You don’t have to use big or expensive pots–basic terra cotta pots which you can find at your local home depot will do. Many homeowners prefer plain greenery that doesn’t produce bloom for ease of maintenance. Ivies and ferns are good candidates to start with, but you can also go with exterior bonsais.
Update the mailbox, door hardware, house numbers, and lights.
Many homeowners tend to neglect these simple items without knowing how important they are to the overall curb appeal of the door front. Replace the door hardware, house numbers, lights and mailbox with new, quality and stylish ones and you will be surprised how many visitors will notice them. While at it, give them a cohesive look in terms of style and color to keep everything in harmony.
As you can see, most of the above updates are quite simple and cost relatively less, but will go a long way in improving your curb appeal and increasing your home’s value. Thankfully, you don’t have to do them all at once, you can start with a couple, followed by the others as funds become available.