Custom Doors Look Great, but Will they Add Value to Your Home? June 10, 2014 Maybe you just bought your home and you’ve been thinking that you’d prefer to have a nice, custom door installed, instead of what you have there right now. A basic front door should serve as a security point for the home. This is the main entry door to the entire house, even though it’s not the only one. While you begin your search for a new, custom front door, you likely will notice that the price range can vary considerably, from a front door costing a few hundred dollars to one that can set you back more than a used car. Consider your budget first. You should establish what your budget is for this home improvement project. This will keep you from stretching beyond what you feel is ‘comfortable’ for you and your family. Determine the ‘why’ about getting a new, custom door. This means that you need to understand your motivation for searching for a new custom door for your home. Is it because the current door is worn out, beaten, cracked, and not very safe any longer? Or is it because you don’t enjoy the way that it looks against your house? Curb appeal is very important to many homeowners throughout the Toronto area, and the front door can add or subtract from the curb appeal of any home. Most front entry doors are going to have high security standards, but if you invest more for looks, then you could be sacrificing some aspect of security. The value of custom doors. In most cases, custom doors are not going to increase the value of the home based on their appearance alone. If the door that you choose is also highly energy efficient, meaning it will help keep the cold air out during the winter, then this can add not only aesthetic value, but it can also increase the sale price of your home if it goes on the market in the near future. On average, custom doors will not add a significant amount of value to the appraisal of a home. They can, however, do a lot of make the home more appealing to potential buyers. If you plan on staying in your home for a long time, then you should focus on what will be most appealing and comfortable to you. If you plan on selling your home in the near future, the right custom door could actually bring in more potential buyers, improving your chances of a sale and getting what you want for the home.