Your front door is your home’s FIRST chance to make a lasting impression … Check out our simple solutions that are often overlooked by sellers when marketing a home for sale.
Give it a once-over
After a while, we all stop noticing the little flaws in our homes. Therefore, it’s a great idea to take a good, hard look at your own front door’s condition. Stand back and view it from the street, just as a visitor would. Make sure the paint and/or stain is in good condition. Clear away any cobwebs and sweep away any debris. Assess the condition of the lighting fixtures and door hardware. Repaint, replace or remove, as needed.
House colors are typically subdued hues, but your front door doesn’t have to be. It’s the place where you can add that “WOW FACTOR”, so choose any color you love. Can’t make up your mind? When I was recently deciding on the color of our front door, I visited paint company websites and used their online visualizing tools. Another tip … Browse the upholstery section of a fabric store as they often combine colors in unexpected ways that work well together.
Play up the numbers
House numbers can give a door character, but they also have a purpose, so be sure they are visible from the street. Imagine the visual impact of affixing large black numbers to a red door! Consider painting the numbers on the door, using a template created on a computer or a vinyl stencil, custom-made from a sign shop. For extra pizazz, add the street name, in a smaller font and different color, below the numbers.
Beef up the surroundings
Skimpy door moldings can make even the most beautiful door look insignificant. Lightweight polyurethane moldings are available and are easy to install using adhesive and non-corrosive nails or screws. They can be attached to any kind of exterior covering and will resist moisture and insects.
Make a plain door pretty
A door with a plain flat front can be given the look of a paneled door by attaching rectangles made from narrow moldings. Use a saw and miter box to cut the corners at 45-degree angles and then attach the moldings with construction adhesive. If you’re nervous about using a saw, you can create the same effect by using narrow picture frames. Paint the moldings and the door the same color and consider accentuating the grooves and crevices with a second paint color or with antiquing dust. Unless you use exterior grade moldings, be sure to coat them with urethane for extra protection against the elements.
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Until then… it’s all about YOU!