Anything can impact the value of your home and the front door is no exception.
Your front door—and, more specifically, the color it’s painted—can have a major effect on your home’s curb appeal. For example;
- Red door might symbolize luck for some buyers.
- Jet black or charcoal black door could help your home earn an extra $6,271 according to Zillow.
Now what colors should you avoid?
- "Hot pink,”says broker Brad Pauly, owner of Pauly Presley Realty in Austin, Texas. “For the sake of resale, it’s a good idea to stick with neutral or more popular colors.” Any colors in the neon family are tough to pull off on a front door, he says.
- “Avoid a polarizing color like pink,”cautions Susan Isaak, a realtor with Houlihan Lawrence in Riverside, Conn.
Here are a few more firm curb appeal mistakes to keep in mind if you’re indeed looking to sell, according to real estate agents:
- Keeping your storm door up. “It’s far less inviting and cheapens the look of the house in listing photos,” Isaak says.
- Forgetting about your planters. Empty planters look lousy, Isaak says. Either fill them with flowers or put them away so you don’t have a container of dirt sitting at your entryway.
- Not having a clear walkable path to your front door. Oftentimes, homeowners enter their homes through the garage door or back door and overlook their front entryway, Isaak says.
- Overgrown bushes. Trim down or remove any large bushes to show off the house, says Melanie Hartmann, owner of Creo Home Buyers in Maryland. On the flip side, if the front of the house is bare, add small evergreens in winter months or floral bushes during the spring and summer months, depending on the climate you live in.
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