Too often these days, when homeowners think about renovations, their minds are drawn to the interior of the home, after all, that is where they spend their time. They are not wrong in thinking this way, as interior renovations can add value to a home, but they are missing opportunities to add serious value to their home by restricting themselves to the interior. We forget the importance of first impressions, and a house’s first impression is all about the exterior. Yes, having a designer kitchen is never a bad thing, but if prospective buyers are the slights bit turned off by the exterior appearance of the home, they won’t even entertain the idea of viewing the inside.
Any real estate professional today will tell you that curb appeal is not only important as it relates to the value of your home, but also the overall aesthetics of your home. Improving the exterior appearance of your home goes beyond simply mowing the yard and manicuring the flower beds. Although pristine landscaping does help with your home’s overall aesthetics, recent studies suggest that the best investment to improve your home’s curb appeal is a new beautiful garage door.
Worn down garage doors with chipping paint or cracked windows can distract people from any other exterior improvements to your home. Due to their size and location, garage doors are often the first element of a home people see, so having a gorgeous garage door is an easy way to make a great first impression.
Clopay® conducted a recent nation-wide survey in which they to determine realtor perceptions of garage doors and how they can influence the curb-appeal and value of a home. 70% of realtors stated that a new garage door decreases the closing time for a house, while over 80% believed a new garage door can increase the average selling price by 4% depending on the style of door. With the average home price in the US at $206,300, the estimated value of new garage door is over $8,000.
Updating your garage door can add tremendous value to your home, but buying a new garage door is typically something you will only do once or twice in your lifetime, making it increasingly important to make sure you choose a door that adds the most value but is in within your budget. Below are a few tips to consider when selecting your new door.
- Make your garage door a focal point. Select a color and design that makes your home stand out. But don’t over do it. Bright colors can overshadow your home’s other great features.
- Frame your garage door with some moulding details, accent lighting and accessories. Treat your door like the work of art that it is.
- Select a color that matches the overall tone of your home. It doesn’t have to match, but you should work within similar tones.
- Pay attention to material. Some garage doors require more upkeep than others. Make sure to choose one that fits your lifestyle.
For help choosing a new garage door, check out our garage door design tool. Upload a photo of your home and “try on” different garage doors to see which door is perfect for you and your home. Or you can contact the garage door experts at RCS Garage Doors to schedule a design consultation.