Painting your door a fun color can be a savvy real estate decision

The pandemic was a time for renovation work as so many Mainers came home and crouched. One small but effective change homeowners have made is to paint their doors a light color – expressive hues like teal and yellow as opposed to classic black or red.

A colorful door is an easy and inexpensive way to brighten up daily life, especially during troubled times. It can also be a smart investment for homeowners planning to sell in the future.

Sarah McCarthy and her husband Mitch painted the door of their Bangor house yellow. She said they were inspired by an early pandemic HGTV attack that turned them into a shade of yellow that they adored.

“One of the colors we saw that we really liked was ‘Tuscan wheat’,” said McCarthy. “We got a slightly different color because of the brand. I think our anniversary is ‘yellow anniversary’. ”

The McCarthys had already planned to rebuild their house. McCarthy’s father had passed away earlier this year, and the money she inherited gave them the opportunity to repay their mortgage and work on projects they had dreamed of. Adding a colorful door to the work order was cheaper than doing it separately and easier than doing it yourself.

Being at home during the pandemic also helped.

“My husband teaches at [John Bapst Memorial High School] and he chose to teach virtually, ”said McCarthy. “He would be at home and supervise the work.”

When her new door was ready, McCarthy was delighted with the results.

“I love the way the sun goes down and [the light] hits the front of our house, ”said McCarthy. “It makes that yellow door even more brilliant and it’s really fun.”

McCarthy said she even received comments from neighbors.

“Everyone loves it,” said McCarthy. “I think because it’s brave. It kind of pops out, it’s just different. “

The only one who isn’t a fan of the door is her 12 year old daughter.

“She hates it,” said McCarthy. “She is so angry. It’s like we have to change that. She just thinks it’s too contrasting with the color of the siding, but we’re not going to listen to her. “

Although McCarthy had their door done professionally, other Mainers have taken the DIY route. Vasia Markides painted the door of her house in the old town light yellow last summer.

“I just felt like the color was boring there before, and I thought walking into a house with a nice light-colored door would cheer us all up,” said Markides. “It’s sunny and it worked. I just always thought that yellow was a beautiful color for a front door. “

Yellow door by Vasia Markides in the old town. Image Credit: Courtesy of Vasia Markides

Yellow isn’t the only fun color for doors either. Bright red is a more conventional, yet punchy choice. Teal, turquoise, or other bright blues can also add an interesting visual element to the facade of a house. The most important thing is to choose a color that feels right.

“I just picked a color that I loved and thought it would work with the rest of the house,” said Markides. “Just make sure you sand the door beforehand, put on two coats, and make sure it is like that [waterproof] Exterior color, but that’s just common sense. “

McCarthy, Markides, and others, who painted their doors fun colors during the pandemic, wanted to make their days at home a little brighter. Little did they know, they were also making a wise real estate decision, according to Cari Turnbull, owner of Maine Real Estate Experts Cumberland.

“For a simple curb update, I always recommend my customers paint their front door,” said Turnbull. “The classic navy or black is a safe choice, but buyers really love seeing a teal or yellow door and it looks great in pictures.”

Turnbull said painting a door is a great home improvement, especially if you do it yourself. Even if the buyer prefers a more traditional door, a bubbly door is unlikely to hurt your chances of selling in the current market.

“If the color of the door is the only problem, it has no effect,” said Dave Harrigan, owner and president of Maineland Appraisal Consultants. “The cost of painting over is minimal. The power supply would be more important [and] Imbalance in demand. Buyers will see immediately afterwards whether they want the property. “

For now, however, McCarthy is just enjoying her door, suggesting that anyone else considering adding a coat of paint to their front door should take the plunge.

“I would say be brave,” said McCarthy. “Don’t necessarily think about being all matchy-matchy.”

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