First Impressions: Create an Entrance to Increase Curb Appeal

Create an Entrance to Increase Curb Appeal

Update your front door, windows, siding and roofing to give your house an attention-grabbing makeover.

The saying “you don’t get a second chance to make a first impression” rings true for your home, too.

Replacing your entry door is one of the top ways to increase the value of your home. You can recoup up to 82% of the cost to replace a fiberglass front door, and a whopping 91% of the cost to replace a steel front door, according to the Remodeling 2016 Cost vs. Value Report.

Creating an entrance that wows is not only good for curb appeal, it also helps increase the value of your home.

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Your front door and entryway define the look of your home and make a lasting impression on visitors and passersby alike.

“It’s the centerpiece of a house in many cases, and one of the most cost-effective things you can do to increase your home’s value and curb appeal,” says Jim Eldredge, Jr., product manager at Sears.

Here are some ideas for sprucing up your entry.

Entry Door Design Trends

When it comes to the exterior focal point of your home, you’ve got options: entry doors with full or partial glass, transoms, sidelights, decorative glass, blinds, grills between the glass — the list goes on.

One of the biggest trends: Large doors with glass are more popular now than ever.

“We don’t move walls, but we can take out old doors and sidelights and install a wider door,” Eldredge explains. “We can get a door to fit any opening.”

A wider door with more glass increases natural light in the foyer, a plus at resale. Or keep the standard door size, but add sidelights or a transom window above the door to bring in the sun.

A pop of color and some unique hardware can help you make a bold statement. Sears’ doors even come prefinished. What colors are hot right now? “Deep and rich tones are popular,” Eldredge says.

Sears offers steel, fiberglass and wood entry doors. Fiberglass and steel doors won’t warp or peel or have to be sanded or repainted as a wood door might. Not to mention, they’re both good for energy efficiency. Fiberglass doors can also mimic the beautiful high-end look of a wood door — without all the maintenance. Your door can even be reinforced for added security.

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Standout Features

Imagine your entry is a picture on the wall of your home’s exterior. Take the opportunity to enhance the rest of the space around the entryway.

While the front door is often the star of the show, you can frame it with large, beautiful windows to increase its drama. Or choose a brightly colored door and offset it with neutral siding to really make it pop. Frame your entryway with symmetrical light installations to help your home light up the night.

You might also consider adding a “package shelf” next to the door — which can be functional and attractive.

As a final touch, clean up with a pressure washer. This is an inexpensive way to clean a dingy walkway and instantly improve your home’s curb appeal.

Follow these tips and you’re sure to take your entry from bland to grand. Schedule a free in-home consultation to start your entry redesign today.

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