What Does Your Front Door Say About You?
The style and condition of your front door gives visitors that all-important first impression of you and your home. So if your front door is looking a bit worse for wear, then it’s time to sort out this easy and quick DIY project. With a quick rub down, lick of paint and perhaps some new door furniture you will instantly be able to transform the outside of your property.
According to an estate agent the front door of a home can actually help to sell a property, and a poorly kept entrance is really off putting to a buyer. Buyers often park outside the property looking at the front door wishing they were the other side and living there. She also stated that she was unable to sell a property till the green door was repainted as the buyer considered the colour to be unlucky!
A well maintained and good looking entrance can add as much as 10% to the value of your home if you should come to sell. With this in mind it’s worth maintaining our front doors for us to enjoy now and to help assist the sale of the house should it ever go onto the market.
According to market research the top 3 colours for a wooded front door in the UK is as follows;
2. Natural Stain
The colour you decide upon is a personal choice and there is no right or wrong here. If you want to play it safe then use any of the top 3 colours or traditional colours like fire engine red, midnight blue, racing green and the trendy heritage colours that are perfect for period and modern properties.
If you want to be more adventurous and make a dramatic entrance just be sure the colour works well with the property. Modern vibrate colours like turquoise, yellow, hot pink, lime green etc. can look fabulous but only on the right property! Imagine what number 10 Downing Street would look like Orange! Doesn’t have the same appeal or command the same appearance does it?
If you live in a listed building you will need consent to alter the colour of the front door and in some cases the door furniture. Contact your local authority office for more information.
1 Choose the right colour
Sugar Pink may be your favourite colour, but does it work well with the exterior of your property and will it match the style of your home? Look at the features on your property take into consideration characteristic’s such as the wood areas, window shutters & frames, the door canopy, brick work and choose a colour that works well with these main exterior features.
2 Door furniture
Good quality door furniture will not only look good, but will also make the entrance into your home more secure. Consider upgrading the locks and add additional security items such as spy holes and door chains.
Make sure your door furniture is in proportion to the size of the door.
3 If you need a new door
If a lick of paint and new door furniture isn’t enough to rescue the look of your property then buy a new door.
There are plenty of doors available in different styles and materials. The key here is to buy the best you can afford and buy what will compliment your home. If you live in an Edwardian, Victorian or Georgian styled property then buy a door to match this era and then for a modern twist add some contemporary chrome door furniture.
4 Other areas
Once your door is looking it’s very best make sure that the pathway, fencing, the front garden etc are all in good order. Maintaining the exterior of your property should be an important aspect to every home owner that wants to make a statement and get the most on their investment when they come to sell.
It’s only a few hours work over a weekend to repair broken items, add a lick of fresh paint to the door, fencing and if you own wooden window frames you should do these at the same time. It will worth the few hundred pounds and the man hours to completely make over the exterior of the house.
Fences, walls and hedges should be kept low and trees kept at a sensible size to allow as much light as possible to enter your property.