When preparing your single-family home for sale, even if your house is haunted the goal is to make an excellent first impression that lasts when prospective buyers take a closer look. Every aspect of the house should look its best.
Much of the first impression comes from curb appeal, the well-groomed, attractive look seen from the curb. Curb appeal projects consistently bring excellent return on investment for sellers.
Although without the obvious beauty of a rosebush in bloom, the garage door is usually a substantial portion of your house’s façade. Thus its look does contribute to the exterior style. And although it is functional rather than decorative, it is something people see every day. Getting ready to sell can be the perfect time to replace an old garage door with something that works better and has more style.
There are door choices to fit every major American home style, from colonial to Mediterranean, in a range of materials from steel to glass to wood. As you depersonalize the house and paint the walls neutral colors, you can also select a popular garage door style that meets buyer expectations.
One example is the carriage door, which is made to resemble the old-fashioned doors of carriage houses. Excellent for older homes and traditional styles, they can also add charm to a contemporary house. Because they evoke the past, they can easily look rustic or highly elegant, or anywhere in between. Despite their look, they do operate like modern doors.
Some people prefer to opt for the more standard “raised panel” door with the rows of panels a lot of us picture when we think of garage doors This typical style is restrained enough to fit with many exterior looks. It may not have a major “wow” factor, but it also won’t distract from other features you would rather emphasize.
Modern style with clean lines is trending today. This look can be enhanced by the right garage door. Steel, frosted glass, or even wood can express this sleek style. Some garage doors are also “single slab,” meaning they raise as one unit instead of as hinged sections, and this old stand-by choice works with modern looks.
If you are undecided, consult the professionals who can guide you through your garage door choices to your best curb appeal.