Every Friday I post an idea or project to enhance your house now with an eye to selling down the road someday.
So that’s this week’s tip – paint your front door! Maybe even get a new one, if the old one is beyond salvage.
Need some guidance? Get a step-by-step guide here. Have trouble thinking of something other than white? Check out House Beautiful‘s suggestions. Here are a few more ideas for colors and palettes for your house.
A kickplate makes a lot of sense – after all, how else do you open the door when your hands are full but with your foot? Kickplates add pizzazz and a touch of elegance, while being practical. They come in a wide variety of colors, finishes and sizes. How do you know what kind to choose? Look here for some guidelines.
Okay, now let’s add something practical – a peephole. But not just any old peephole – you need a DoorScope! I showed a house a couple of years ago and was blown away by how clear and easily you could see everything outside your door. It’s a wide-angle viewer and you can stand back 5 or 6′ from the door and still see everything that’s going on outside. It looks a little like a small color TV on your door.
Best of all, they aren’t very expensive.
One last thing to consider – instead of the traditional door knob, you might think about a keyless lock. A buyer I worked with recently had a lock like this on his front door and he says it’s wonderful. He never worries about locking himself out. I want one that has a remote, like my car, and was amazed when I found one. However, it’s just one more thing to lose, so I think I’ll stick with something like this.
Each Friday I post a new “52 things to do now that will improve your resale value/chances later.” Why do them now? Because you’ll enjoy your house more. Let’s face it – if you don’t do it now, you’ll pay for it later – either because you’ll have to do it as part of preparing the house for sale, or if you don’t do it at all, you’ll pay for it in your sales price. (Tip: buyers always discount a problem more than it actually costs to fix.) Why not enjoy the benefits of your labor now? What is the second most-common comment I hear when I list properties -after the prep work has been done to put the house on the market? “I wish we’d done this a long time ago -we love it!”
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