If you're planning on selling your home, then you'll want to consider investing in a few touch ups and repairs here and there. Doing so can help to not only improve your property's value, but also help improve the property's curb appeal, which will make it easier to attract potential buyers. When deciding where to improve your home, don't overlook your garage door.
Believe it or not, but the garage door has a huge impact on your property's overall curb appeal. This may seem surprising seeing as how the garage door tends to be overlooked as a component of your home in general, but it's true. The garage door does occupy a generous amount of visual space, after all. Not to mention that the driveway leads up to it, which means that it draws attention to the garage door.
By making sure that you have a beautiful garage door that's not an eyesore, you'll help to improve your chances of being able to sell your home.
Ways a Garage Door Can Hurt Your Curb Appeal
The following are some of the common issues that garage doors may have that could actually hurt the curb appeal of your home, thereby driving away potential buyers:
1. Faded Color
If the color of your garage door has faded over time due to wear and tear, then it's going to end up looking older than it is. You don't want your home to look old either, since this makes it look outdated and could raise questions about its overall condition.
2. Physical Damage
Any visible physical damage, from dents to cracks and more, will hurt the overall look of your garage door. It will make your entire home look like it hasn't been cared for, which will lead potential buyers to wonder what else could be wrong with your house.
3. Outdated Model
If you've invested in a new roof, new windows or other new home features, then your old garage door may simply look out of place. If you have an older model garage door that sticks out like a sore thumb, it's going to bring down your property's curb appeal.
4. Doesn't Match Exterior
If your garage door simply doesn't compliment the rest of your home's exterior, it's going to look off. Aesthetic coherence is necessary for a strong curb appeal.
5. Functions Poorly
Even if your garage door looks beautiful, if it exhibits obvious problems opening and closing, it's going to drive buyers away. A poorly functioning door just doesn't look good, no matter how pretty it is.
Ways You Can Improve Your Garage Door's Look
The following are some of the solutions to a garage door that's hurting your property's curb appeal.
1. Repaint the Door
Sometimes a new color will do wonders for the look of your old garage door—especially if the original colors were chipping or starting to fade. In some cases, you may just want to replace a loud, distracting color with something a little more subtle and neutral—a color that compliments the rest of your home's exterior a bit better. Not that using a color that pops is bad. For example, in some cases, a red garage door could look absolutely beautiful.
2. Repair the Door
If the garage door is obviously damaged in some way, whether it's basic wear and tear or giant cracks or gashes, then you should repair it. Repairing the opener is a good idea as well. A garage door that struggles to open and close doesn't exactly look good either.
3. Accessorize the Garage Door
Bring attention to the garage door by accessorizing it. For example, flank the door with potted plants or shrubs. You could also use decorative stonework on the walls surrounding the garage door or even use climbing plants or trellises.
4. Add Lighting
To make sure that potential buyers see how beautiful your garage door is, add better lighting in order to draw attention to the door—especially at night. Pay attention to the fixtures—high quality lighting adds to the overall aesthetic, while cheap-looking lights will diminish the look of the garage door.
5. Replace the Door
If your garage door is old and just doesn't hold up in terms of its look, then you may want to just invest in a new garage door altogether. New garage doors may come with features that can boost your home's curb appeal as well. For example, a new garage door could have attractive patterns or even windowpanes that your old door may not have had.
The repair and maintenance of garage doors can have a big impact on the overall look of a garage door, which in turn can help to sell your home. In some cases, you may even want to replace your garage door altogether.