Selling Your Home

Nate Swanson

As we mentioned in our last blog post, it’s peak home selling season, which means you may be looking to enhance your curb appeal. Swapping out your old front door with a new one is a great way to create an inviting entryway. What more, installation is simple enough that you can do it yourself. But before you get carried away hauling off your old door, consider the following tips when choosing a new front door.

Woodgrain Doors Knotty Alder 6 lite over 1 planked panel Craftsman door with matching sidelights.

Select a style

Before looking through a catalog of doors, make an assessment of your house to determine its unique style. Is it a colonial? Mid-century modern? Rustic farmhouse? Understanding your home’s character will help you narrow down the options and select a new door that fits. This helpful article on DIY Network breaks down some of the most popular styles on the market.

Woodgrain Doors Knotty Alder planked panel door and sidelight with wide reed glass.

Know your species

Regardless of your style, you will need to choose a wood species for your front door. Our wood species guide is a great resource to determine which types are ideal for the paint, stain or finish you’re looking for.  

Woodgrain Doors Radiata Pine sash door; 9 lite over raised 2 panels with Delta Frost glass sidelights.

Get glass (or not)

Decorative glass is a beautiful option that fits many door styles. However, if you’re looking for maximum privacy, a full-glass front door may not fit your needs. Therefore, consider opaque, textured glass, a partial-glass door or sidelights. Similar to species, there are a wide variety of glass options. Check out our glass resource guide to see which glass option appeals to you.

Woodgrain Doors Maple 15 lite French doors.

Don’t get hung up

If your door frame is intact, there is no need to change it. Just buy a slab door whose dimensions will hang on your existing hinges. 

Woodgrain Doors Mahogany 6 lite over raised 2-panel Craftsman door.

Want more ways to spruce up your front door? Check out our tips for summer door decor or browse our photo gallery for inspiration. Good luck with your project!

 

 

 

Daniel Banks

June’s here, which means it’s peak season for homebuyers and sellers. If you’re the latter, here are some simple home improvements you can do to stand out amongst the competition without breaking the bank.

Beautiful white picket fenced home

First, Clean Up

Did you know that a clean home could actually boost your appraisal value? Check out this article to see what else appraisers consider when calculating the market value of your property.

Clean, bright, and airy playroom

Getting rid of clutter and making your home “showroom ready” allows potential buyers to envision the space as their own.

Touch Up Your Paint

Rustic paint brush painting a white wall

Putting aside personal tastes to make your home appeal to any buyer is easy with a coat of fresh, neutral paint. Take a tour of your home with a realtor to get an unbiased look into where your home needs updating. Some quick dry wall putty and new paint patches up most dings on walls, and looks like new after a few minutes.

Install Moulding

According to The National Association of Homebuilders, homebuyers are looking for unique details, like crown moulding and chair rails. Whether your home is historic, a new build, or anything in between, moulding can add character and accentuate features.

Moulding update in old home renovation

Image source: Sawdust Girl

Choose which rooms are the star of your home and work from there. Check out this Houzz Article to see if installing crown moulding is a good option for your space.

Professional installation is a good option if you’re crunched for time and intend to install moulding in several rooms. However, if you’d like to cut labor costs, there are plenty of DIY moulding installation tutorials to guide you.

Beautiful example of Finished Elegance's impact in a family home

Using quality moulding—like our easy-to-install Finished Elegance—will simplify the installation process. Finished Elegance does not need to be painted so it is ready to install when purchased.

Dressing up your home is the perfect way to close your current chapter and move into a new one. Planning to put your home on the market soon? We’d love to hear your thoughts on how you plan to make it open-house ready.