Sunday, September 19, 2010


When it comes right down to it, a house is only as good as its front door. Over the last two months I have had five clients ask me to consult with them on the best things they can do to increase the value of their home. The first thing I do is lead them to the curb, because that's where it all starts. Aside from sprucing up the landscaping, trimming trees and shrubs, and making sure the roof and exterior paint are in good condition, I immediately have them analyze their front door. It gives a clear message to the outside world of who you are and what you stand for. The design, state of repair and the color are vitally important.

Always make sure your door fits the era and architectural style of your home

The front door color is one of the first things people notice when they walk by your home and it is definitely noticed by a prospective buyer! The color choice or combination of colors produces a final effect that in many ways is the first thing people judge about a house. A poor color choice for your front door could sink the visual appeal before anyone even steps foot inside.

According to feng shui, a front door is vitally important. A welcoming and attractive front door with the appropriate feng shui color will ease the flow of energy, people, money and opportunities into your life. This is because the front door is considered to be the "mouth of chi";  where vital energy enters and exits your home. Fading or peeling paint is an indication of depleted chi, so if your front door looks a bit sad, give it a fresh coat of paint. Above all, ensure that dirt, traffic grime, spider webs and bird droppings are constantly kept in check.

According to feng shui, you should have a solid brass knocker so that you literally get a grip with where you are heading in life. Brass fixtures and fittings should always be kept polished to deflect negative chi from entering the home.

Make sure that your front door opens easily and fully. Doors that jar or stick on an interior mat could tell a prospective buyer that there could be other things in the house that need to be repaired. Cleaning up or replacing your front door will make your house look like it's in better condition; creating a more prosperous image for you and your home.

Install bright lights on either side of the doorway to lift the energy of the entrance

For ultimate Feng Shui, a north facing door should be painted black, blue or white

An east facing door should be painted green, blue, or turquiose

A south facing door should be painted red, pink, or purple
A west facing door should be painted yellow, white, gold magenta or silver

When selecting a new wood front door, This Old House recommends: "Look for careful detailing. As a rule, the more intricate the carvings and moldings, and the thicker and wider the stiles and rails, the better the door."

Here are some links that you may find helpful:

If you have any questions about what you should do with your front door, or any other home improvement project, give me a call. No question is too small. The tiniest details can make the biggest difference! The front door is a great example. Some people might think it's just a way to get into the house. But really, it's the gateway into your abode.

Liz Suver
Residential Real Estate Specialist