The garage door is the largest front facing feature on your house. Why not have the best garage door in the neighborhood? Not only will it make your neighbors jealous, but your house will literally be worth more. In fact, your garage door is probably the biggest single factor when it comes to curb appeal, which has a huge impact on its appraisal value. That’s why a new garage door has such a high return on investment, virtually 97%, like money in the bank.
So if you want to make your neighbors jealous by having the best garage door in the neighborhood (while simultaneously boosting your property values as well), here are our 4 tips for an amazing garage door.
Keep Up On Garage Door Repair
It goes without saying, if you want a great garage door, you have to keep up on the preventative maintenance and repairs. This means oiling your garage door regularly — all the moving parts from top to bottom. But be sure to use an approved garage door lubricant — not WD40, which can cause the parts of your garage door to rust prematurely.
You should also tighten down any loose parts — the bolts, hinges, and especially the garage door tracks. They need to be securely in place. The less rattle you allow your garage door, the less abrupt movement it will have that can cause it to wear out.
Give Your Garage Door a Makeover
If your garage door is looking old and outdated but you’re not ready to install an entirely new door yet, you should consider a makeover. Broken, rusty or worn panels should be replaced. If you have an aluminum garage door, dents can easily be removed either as a DIY repair or by calling a garage door repair professional.
You might also consider a new paint job. If done right this can leave your garage door looking as good as new. Be mindful about the type and color of paint you choose. Be bold. Bright attractive colors can really make a statement and define the allure of your home. It’s also a good idea to have the trim, your front door and garage door match or at least complement each other. Consider the entire facade of your house to be one gigantic art work which your garage door must blend to create a cohesive piece.
Refresh Your Lighting
The lighting of your driveway can attract attention to a beautiful door and help it to stand out in the neighborhood. It also provides added security because burglars have nowhere to hide. Landscape lighting can add a depth of dimension and shadows that provide intrigue and style to any homefront. Don’t forget lighting to illuminate pathways, lawn artwork, trees, or other features to help give your home character. Be creative.
Invest in a New Garage Door
Some garage doors are too old and beaten up to be worthy of a makeover. Sometimes it’s best to start fresh with a brand new garage door. And as we mentioned above, this is an investment. You might want to plan it out — perhaps around tax return time. Instead of spending it on a vacation this year, why not invest it in an awesome garage door that will leave the neighbors drooling with jealousy? Garage doors are great for real estate values, like money in the bank.