Another element of your house or condo that you should consider when thinking how to add value to your home is the doors. Think of the front door, back door, and side doors, but also of the hallway doors, bedroom doors, and the connective doors between other rooms.
This article offers some home door tips as well as a few DIY home renovation ideas for what to do with your exterior and interior doors.
You Can Add Value to Your Home by Investing in Good Doors
A high-quality door is often a great investment—it creates a great first impression. Your guests will definitely notice your doors. Don’t make the mistake of using doors that are of poor quality and look like it. For one thing, you can lose a great deal of heat through a poorly fit and uninsulated door. A door can also be a real security concern if the frame or the locks are not recent.
Furthermore, a really attractive front door could raise your house’s market value—it’s been said to be by 10 percent or more. If you want to add a bit of pizzazz to your front door, consider updating its doorknob and replacing the lock with one of the dozens of styles on the market.
Having a home with good curb appeal is crucial to getting potential buyers in the door. People can’t see the inner items, but the outside of the house is easy to see, so an ugly looking exterior will turn people off.
This is something to think about when strategizing how to raise your home’s value and how to invest in your home. Putting in high-quality doors is only one example. You may see a higher ROI by spending your money on high-class materials and fixtures that stay in place—such as replacing doors in your house—as opposed to buying pricey decor and furnishings you will take with you.
Fix Squeaky Doors in Your Home by Replacing Hinges
If your door is constantly squeaking, try replacing the hinge. It’s easy to buy door hinges at any home improvement center. All you’ll need to do is take the hinge apart, and then make sure each side is properly attached to both your wall frame and your door. Then, ensure that the hinges are aligned and put the new pins in.
Replace Home Doorknobs and Door Handles
How do your doorknobs look? Consider your house’s hardware and door handles to give it a quick update. Installing brass door handles give off that rich looking shine, and really add to a home’s decor. Carefully view all the door handles in every room. Consider replacing these handles with brass door ones in order to take a huge change.
It often doesn’t take very long to do. A simple screwdriver is the only fancy tool you will need. You can find new, decorative doorknobs at home improvement stores.
You Can Clean and Refinish Dirty Doors Yourself
Do not get rid of your doors just because they look dirty. Take the door off its frame, then sand it until you expose the wood. You can then use oil based paint and a paint roller. If you want things to feel fresh and new, try replacing your old doorknobs with something more fancy.
Save Money by Insulating the Space Under the Door
To keep air from getting out, buy draft stoppers and seals. Draft protectors simply slide beneath a door to keep warm air from escaping and cool air from entering. Placing sealant strips around the frames can also help. You can usually get them at hardware stores. You can also make DIY door draft stoppers yourself.
With the materials available at most hardware stores, this is a very easy and inexpensive change you can make to your home that will have a lasting impact on both your cooling and heating bills. It can even reduce those drafts that always seem to appear on chilly nights.
Sure, adding new things to homes can add to its value. At the same time, these new things can cause problems for homeowners, too. But often we forget to pay attention to the obvious fixes that any buyer might notice, like painting the shutters—or re-hanging the broken closet door. If the buyer sees a lot of things that need to be fixed, they won’t pay as much. The first impression your home’s buyers get is very important.