How to replace your front door

10 smart moves to get top value

Replacing your front door is the most valuable home improvement you can make, according to Remodeling Magazine.

While the average return on home improvements is just 60.6%, you’ll recoup 85.6% of what you pay when you replace your front door, the magazine says.

You'll improve your home's look and boost energy efficiency by cutting heating and cooling costs.

Do the job right and you may even have an easier time selling your home.

“You can spend $20,000 to $50,000 on kitchen and bath remodels, but if people don’t like the door, they may not come inside,” says real estate broker Bruce Ailion of RE/MAX Greater Atlanta.

The magazine's Cost vs. Value Report 2013 says a midrange steel door is priced around $1,100. But you can find value in a door that costs just a couple of hundred dollars.

No matter what your budget is, you’ll want to make sure you spend your money wisely.

Our 10 smart moves will help you get the best value from a front door replacement project.