Use Your Entry Door to Boost Curb Appeal

Is it time to boost your home’s curb appeal? Then invest in a new entry door. An upgraded front door can increase your resale value all while transforming your home’s exterior—the first thing you, your guests, passersby, and potential buyers will notice. Front doors have swaying power when eager home buyers browse the market looking for a new, up-to-date space. With a new entry door in place, you may notice more interest from potential buyers when it comes time to list your home for sale. Why? First, real estate agents agree a buyer’s first impression starts at the front door. Second, buyers look for modern features when browsing home listings. If you're ready to make the leap and invest in a new entry door, take a look at the other factors to consider before making a purchase. Energy Efficiency Today’s market is saturated with homes, but a front door has the potential to make your home stand out. In today’s competitive market, many home buyers are eager to save money. Modern doors offer energy efficiency and reduce energy bills. You’re in luck if an interested buyer sees an energy-efficient (wallet-friendly) front door upon arrival. Sturdiness Three words: keep it sturdy. A sturdy, durable entry door may be more expensive, but potential buyers will understand its worth. Often, our harsh, unforgiving Midwestern climate weakens, splits, and cracks entry doors. Choose a front door that can withstand powerful winds, heavy rain, and relentless snow. Though pricey, steel doors have become a strong, secure, and stylish option. Steel doors save energy and are suited to the Midwest’s climate. These doors also offer added protection against home intruders. Fiberglass doors offer a smooth finish, as well as strength and security. These doors are also incredibly durable against harsh climates and will help you feel safe and secure in your home during any storm. Fiberglass and steel doors both have benefits aplenty: it’s just up to you to decide which style suits your home best. Style Most door manufacturers offer various paint and stain options. Consider your options before determining what color or stain will look best against the exterior of your home. Ask your Cornerstone representative the following questions: * Do you offer contrasting interior and exterior finishes? * Are there pre-finished interior casings available? These questions will help you pick the right paints and stains to use, especially if you’re concerned with how your front door will look inside and out. Accruements Do you want your door to have features that will set it apart from other doors? Consider unique knobs, hinges, and sidelights. Minor features will make a major difference and give your entry door the extra boost it needs to make a good impression on those visiting. Installation Do you plan on matching existing door dimensions or do you want your entry door to be a different size? Security As previously mentioned, potential buyers look for homes with modern features. And no feature is more modern than an entry door with a secure front entry. Buyers want to keep their investment, loved ones, and belongings safe from would-be intruders, and a secured door allows them to meet that goal. This addition will significantly boost your home’s curb appeal because future buyers will know they’ll be safe inside. A new door can provide energy efficiency, sturdiness, style, security, and plenty of other benefits. Make an effort to find a door that will not only add value to your home, but personality as well. Don’t shy away from trying to achieve a one-of-a-kind look with your new entry door. Cornerstone has a generous selection of front doors that can be tailored to your needs. If you’re unsure what kind of entry door you want, set up a meeting to discuss your needs and find the best option for you and your house.