How to Replace Front Doors


Many homes, particularly tract homes, are built with inexpensive doors, both exterior and interior. Translate that into “cheap-look­ing.” You can upgrade your home very quickly by adding new doors.

Replacing Front Doors: Making a Good First Impression

There are 55 million homes in America that are over 10 years old. More than half of these are over 20 years old. And where the age really shows is in the front door.

It doesn’t take a whiz kid to realize that one of the first areas to consider renovating is the front door. After all, it creates the first impression that anyone coming to your home will get. If the doors in your residence are new and, more important, stylish, they will say much about you and your home.

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On the other hand, if the doors are old-fashioned, tattered, ill-fit­ting, and unattractive, they will also speak volumes about you and your home. That’s why front doors are often the first place to begin renovating.

What’s Involved?

Replacing a door is not as simple as taking the old front door off its hinges and putting in an attractive new one. Often new doors won’t fit. You may need to change the frame that the door sits in. Then there’s the whole matter of hinges and handles.

A great many homes built more than 10 years ago have double front doors, each about 30 inches wide a trend that was fashionable at the time. Today, however a single front door, 36 inches wide, has become the rule, and it is increasingly difficult to find the older narrower double doors. You can special-order them but at considerable cost.

Replacing a front door can easily cost $1000 or more, substantial­ly more. And it’s not the sort of work that the average homeowner can do. Getting the door to fit right in its jamb with proper insula­tion so that it doesn’t leak cold (or hot) air into the house is no mean feat.

How Much Will I Recoup?

You will probably get back every penny you put into a new front door and more. It’s one of the few renovation projects that often actually recoups more than a dollar for every dollar spent.

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The reason is that the door is the face of your home. It’s really the first thing that people look at up close when they come in. If you’re reselling, the front door sets the tone for the buyer. A rich, elegant front door says the home is rich and elegant. An old, worn front door says the home is old and worn.

When it’s time to resell, remember that the front door is the first thing a buyer not only sees up close but touches. And, as everyone know, first impressions are critical.

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About the Author: Jason Prickett loves to write about home maintenance and stuff you can do yourself instead of hiring any professional. His step by step guides will assist you in completing your home maintenance tasks.

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