I’m a real estate expert – here’s a simple home improvement trick that can add thousands to the value of your home

According to a real estate expert, painting your front door red can increase the value of your home by up to 36 percent.

A simple color change can seriously increase a home’s appeal and improve the chances that a potential buyer will book a second viewing and make an offer.

A red front door can add value to your property, experts say


A red front door can add value to your property, experts sayPhoto credit: Getty


Research by window and door retailer Safestyle found that houses with red doors were selling for £413,279 – 36 per cent more than the average UK house price.

Gray was the second best color at 20 percent, followed by black (11 percent), blue (two percent), and white (one percent).

James Smith of real estate agents Richard and Smith attributes it to these hues that look chic and inviting.

He said: “When buyers view a property for the first time, the first considerations are usually based on the property’s appearance, location and any potential scope for an extension or loft conversion.

“Of course, the location is always important, but the condition of a property and the price-performance ratio also have a high priority for buyers.

“Since exterior photos of a property are often the first image a potential buyer sees on an online listing, it’s important to think about your front door design as well as the broader exterior of your property to encourage in-person viewings and the likelihood of one higher asking price.

“Whether you have a new build or a historic property, we often find that colored front doors in bold, eye-catching hues like red or black help enhance curb appeal as they create a stronger first impression and add a property’s stylistic cues to lend.”

However, there are some geographic differences when it comes to color preferences, the study found.

In Newcastle, homes with sage green doors proved to be the most lucrative, selling for 16 per cent more than the region’s average – £261,250 versus £218,839.

Those in Liverpool seem to prefer the color navy, while homeowners in Leeds opt for gray and Cardiff for black.

But in Manchester, in line with the nation at large, properties with red doors have been found to be worth 60 per cent more – perhaps thanks to the city’s top football club.

safe style analyzed a sample of the top 1,000 semi-detached houses sold in the top 20 cities over the past 12 months.

The average selling price was compared to the house price index with different front door colors to understand how it affected the selling value.

Front door colors with the highest average value

  1. Red – £413,279 (35 per cent more than average)
  2. Gray – £353,589 (20 per cent more than average)
  3. Black – £322,072 (11 per cent more than average)
  4. Blue – £295,667 (two per cent more than average)
  5. White – £291,507 (one percent more than average)

Source: Analysis by Zoopla, Land Registry and Safestyle sales data

https://www.thescottishsun.co.uk/money/10458923/property-expert-house-value-front-door-colour/ I’m a real estate expert – here’s a simple home improvement trick that can add thousands to the value of your home

Andrew Schnitker

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