With longer days and warmer temperatures, homeowners start spending time sprucing up their homes and yards. Along with spring cleaning, washing windows, and lawn maintenance, take a look at the exterior of your home from the street. This view is what realtors call "curb appeal." How your home looks from the street gives visitors a first impression of what awaits them as they approach your home.
Is your entry door in good condition? Or has it seen better days? Exterior doors for your home take a lot of abuse, between the normal wear-and-tear from family members coming and going multiple times a day, as well as the abuse Mother Nature throws at it from wind, rain, and the sun. If your entry door is warped, drafty, cracked, or damaged in some way, replacing it makes sense. According to the 2015 Cost vs. Value Report, an annual analysis of remodeling projects by Remodeling magazine, replacing your entry door with a new steel entry door replacement will yield a 117.6% return on investment. In addition to adding to your home's resale value, a new exterior door will instantly add to your home's appearance.
Steel doors have a core that is insulated to create a thermal barrier to the outside elements, making it more energy efficient. Today's replacement front doors for homes are available in a wide variety of styles, colors, and hardware options. Door systems can include double front entry doors, sidelights, transom windows above the door, and with different sizes and styles of windows in the door itself.
There are other ways to boost the curb appeal of your entry way. If your outdoor lighting fixtures are old or outdated, consider replacing them. If you have stairs or railings, give them a good cleaning, or consider updating your railings. Power wash the sidewalk leading up to your front entry. For added color and interest, utilize planters filled with colorful annuals. Varying pot sizes and heights in a grouping, placing pots along stairs and walkways, and changing the plants with the seasons will bring a big punch to the front of your home. Plants will also soften the hard lines of the stairs, walkways, and sidewalks.
As part of your cleaning and maintenance tasks this spring, consider whether replacing your front door would be beneficial. Besides a positive return on your investment, a new entry door will amp up the curb appeal of your home, increase the resale value, all while saving money on energy bills through improved energy efficiency.