Garages: Curb Appeal?

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Your garage door may not be the first thing you think of “dressing up” when it’s time to sell your home. However, REALTORS® say it is worth giving it some attention.  Replacing your garage door prior to listing your home could increase the asking price. They estimate increases anywhere from 1-4% according to a recent nationwide survey.  On a $350,000 home, that is a curb appeal increase of between $3,500-$14,000, just because of the garage door.  (The average price for a new garage door ranges from $700-$5,000. This is depending on the size of the door and the materials used to make it.)

Nearly all of the realtors surveyed agreed that a new garage door enhances curb appeal. Plus, 75% of them believe it adds value to the home.  In fact, most realtors recommended that a homeowner replace their garage door prior to listing their home. You should especially do this if the door is broken or in bad condition.  A door should also be replaced if it is showing rot, or if the age and style detracts from the home’s curb appeal.

Stylish Trends

A popular look in garage doors right now is the carriage-house door (pictured), which looks like an old-fashioned swing-out door, but functions like a modern roll-up door with an electric garage door opener.  Many homeowners favor the high-end look of wood carriage-house doors, but they don’t want the upkeep or the price tags that comes with them.  So, manufacturers are introducing less-expensive, low maintenance versions in steel with layered, wood grain composite overlays or embossed patterns.  Unlike wood, a steel door is easier to maintain, resisting both fading and rot due to exposure to the elements.

If a vintage look doesn’t work with the style of your home, a more classic, raised-panel steel door or a carved wood-panel door with decorative windows may be more to your liking.  For more contemporary architecture, consider the sleek-looking aluminum and glass doors that are now available.

When considering new doors, think of your garage as an extension of your home’s theme.  Let your home’s style, shape, size of windows, and entry doors influence the design of the garage door as well.  Many companies offer doors pre-designed to match specific architectural styles which can make your selection process easier.  Visiting dealer showrooms and manufacturer websites will help give you a sense of options available.

Since we’ve been on a “garage” theme the past few posts, we thought this info may be of interest to you as well.  For help in getting the inside of your garage more appealing, check out these articles and webpages:

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