How to replace your front door

Don’t overlook the exterior

Whether it’s a friend coming to visit or a potential buyer coming for a showing, people can observe a lot in the 30 seconds while they stand on your front porch waiting for someone to answer the door.

A torn screen door, a nonworking doorbell or peeling paint will make a bad impression, especially when you’re showing your home.

When a buyer spots these small problems off the bat, they’ll begin the home tour looking for other issues throughout the home, says real estate broker Jerry Grodesky.

"Fixing areas at the front door will allow the buyers to start off on a positive note, and homeowners will have better showings. This project is well worth the expense," he says.