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Front Door Curb Appeal

When homebuyers pull up to the curb in front of your home, you want them to feel intrigued and excited to come inside. What says “Welcome!” more than a fabulous front door? 

The front door should be a beacon, with a clear uncluttered pathway that leads up to the steps or the porch. Trim away overhanging bushes or creeping grass that crowds the walkway. Plant fresh flowers and shrubs in an attractive curve pointing toward the entry. For safety reasons, the front door should be easily identifiable from the street and accessible without navigating around furniture or potted plants. 

Whether you repair, replace or repaint your front door, an upgrade like a steel door will return its cost in value to your home. Choose a paint or stain color that complements the exterior of your home, but stands alone so no other window or entry can be confused with the front door. 

So what color should you choose? Red is the color of hospitality, like “rolling out the red carpet.” It also conveys warmth, prosperity, and positive energy, but you may prefer other colors. Bright colors tend to be cheerful choices while deeper colors tend to be more elegant.  

Update the hardware on and around your door including a new peephole, door handle, doorbell, house numbers, and entry lights. Replace worn weather-stripping and seals on glass inserts. Fill in nail holes and scratches with wood filler before painting. 

Make sure the house numbers stand out and are a decorative element that complements your home. Replace porch light bulbs, and clean light fixtures of dirt and bugs. 

If you’re lucky enough to have a porch, it’s part of the front door curb appeal, too. Update your porch with a fresh new color of paint on the floorboards, columns, shutters, front door, and trim. 

Next, refinish or replace your old porch furniture. Depending on the look you want to go for and how much space you have, the furniture should be proportionate and suit the home and the activities you want to do. 

Show homebuyers that the porch is another useful living area to read and nap, entertain friends with coffee, or watch the children play while you relax in a swing.

If you don’t have a porch, you can add interest to the steps by placing potted plants or flowers on either side of the front door. Be sure to include a new doormat. 

Make a great first impression (and possibly a sale!) with a clean, attractive entrance.