Front Door Color Increases Home Sales

If you’re looking to sell your house, changing the color of your door can, surprisingly, increase the selling price, value, and interest from potential buyers. Trends are moving towards front doors that are darker in color, like dark navy, slate gray, or even black. Recent real estate and home design studies show that painting your door in darker hues can increase the selling value of your house by approximately $1,500 when compared to houses with light or bright colored front doors. Homes with darker doors also sell up to 20% faster than those with lighter door colors. If you have a house on the market, a weekend project could put your home at the top of the selling list! Thinking of selling? Contact our in-house realtors Gene and Justin.


Painting A Door:

  • Take off any door knobs, locks or hardware that is removable.
  • Anything that isn’t removable cover with painter’s tape.
  • Use a sanding block to sand down any existing paint as this helps the new coat to adhere better.
  • Clean the door with a damp cloth and then a dry cloth to be sure to remove any dust.
  • Paint (be sure to use exterior paint, preferably in a semigloss)! Make sure you put down a drop cloth to protect your floors. A dark color should cover your door just fine but it never hurts to put a primer coat on first. Always start with the edges and then from the top down. It is better to do two lighter coats than putting it on too thick and having drips.
  • Re-attach the hardware you previously removed and uncover anything you’ve covered with the tape.

You’ll need minimal paint to do this project and with the average cost for a pint or quart of paint being between $6 and $14, this is a project that could really be an investment. Have a wooden door you don’t want to paint? Try a dark stain instead.


Author: Bailey Aines, NeighborWorks of Western Vermont part-time employee.