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Front Doors Are Key To Your Home's Curb Appeal
Front Doors Enhance Curb Appeal
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Before the seller puts up a 'for sale' sign, I take them across the street, have them look at the house, then bring them up the walkway to the front door.

Then, we stand at the front door for a minute or two, since a buyer will typically wait there with the real estate agent until being let into the house. That's when I stress that the front door and entryway should be clean, fresh and make a great appearance, since buyers will spend a significant amount of time there, and because it is the first thing they see when they come up to the house.



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"Curb appeal" is a term often used when a house goes up for sale. But it also describes the first impression your home makes on family, friends and other visitors while you are living there.

Many things can contribute to curb appeal — the landscaping around the house, the quality of the paint job and, perhaps most important of all, the front door system that serves as the front entryway to your home.

If the front entryway to your home is a little worse for wear, you might want to enhance its appearance by replacing the front door system. And for lasting curb appeal, one of the best choices you can make is to upgrade to one of the new generation of fiberglass front doors.

According to Therma-Tru Corp., the nation's leading manufacturer of exterior door systems, fiberglass front doors have been growing in popularity ever since their introduction in the eighties. The reason: they offer the look and feel of a wood front door but without all the problems associated with wood, such as splitting, cracking and warping.

Fiberglass front doors are also rendering once-popular steel front doors obsolete. Aesthetics is one of the reasons. Steel front doors, which can dent and rust, tend to look shabby over time, while fiberglass front doors maintain their just-installed appearance for years. Fiberglass front doors also feature crisply detailed panels that produce much more dramatic shadow lines than steel front doors.

What's more, some fiberglass front doors, such as Therma-Tru's Smooth-Star™ door, even mimic the look of a painted wood front door, but at a much more affordable cost. They also have another big advantage over wood front doors, especially in these days of rising oil prices: Fiberglass front doors help conserve energy, providing five times the insulation value of standard wood front doors. Over time, the savings on energy costs can help pay for the new front door system.

Oftentimes, however, the real payback with a handsome fiberglass entryway comes when you go to sell your home. That's when enhanced curb appeal can help bring a higher sales price and help sell a home more quickly.

Charlette Seidel, a vice president with Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate Inc., one of the largest real estate companies in North America, puts all of her clients through an exercise that helps them appreciate the importance of a home entryway to the overall curb appeal of their home.

"Before the seller puts up a 'for sale' sign, I take them across the street, have them look at the house, then bring them up the walkway to the front door," Seidel says.

"Then, we stand at the front door for a minute or two, since a buyer will typically wait there with the real estate agent until being let into the house. That's when I stress that the front door and entryway should be clean, fresh and make a great appearance, since buyers will spend a significant amount of time there, and because it is the first thing they see when they come up to the house."

As testimony to the importance of such "first impressions," Seidel says that roughly 60 percent of the calls her office receives are from prospective buyers inquiring about a house they saw while simply driving down the street.

While it's true that an attractive front door system is just one facet of a home's curb appeal, many real estate experts agree that it is a very important element. So if you're not satisfied with the appearance of your entryway, you might want to consider a sure investment in a state-of-the-art fiberglass door system. They come in a wide range of styles to match virtually any type of architecture.


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