Replacing the Front Door
Curb appeal is everything they say in real estate. I should know as I am an real estate agent. Its true, as a seller you are putting your best foot forward, attracting a buyer to buy your home means you need to make a good first impression. What do buyers see first? Well first they see the home in a landscape view, from the car, which is the curb appeal. The next view is the one when they are standing up close on the door stoop waiting for the agent to grant access. They are looking at the door and surround. Or maybe they are looking at their phones.
For the most of us, a home has been lived in by one or several families before your tenure. Our home was built in 1963, one year after I was born. The front door is the original door. The door is solid. Its wood, it faces west and gets a ton of sun. It has been painted countless times with various colors. We had a screen door on the front door but through wear and tear and the fact that the screen door intensified the heat (and paint deterioration) we removed the screen door after it crapped out. The sun tears up the paint on the wood. The door also has side lights, which are the old fashion single pane windows which are inefficient. The threshold is original. Threshold - it's a curious name, if you don’t know the origin of the name, I encourage you to look it up.
The Door. Our door is history, not record making history, but one of the best examples that represents our homes history. How many times has our front door been opened over the past 55 years? How many friendly neighbors who knocked, how many solicitors, how many proselytizing? How many to celebrate Christmas, birthdays, graduations weddings and funerals? The old saying is “if these walls could talk”. But to get inside for the walls to hear, you need to open and walk through the door. The door that my kids stood before on Halloween posing with their costumes. The door my kids stood in front of on the first day of school. I wonder how many photos are out there that include a picture of our door?
We are selling our home and the the old door is on the list to be improved. It's true, almost all new buyers are not going to give any weight to the emotional value you place on a 50 year old door. I think about the doors that have survived over the centuries, probably somewhere along the line somebody considered upgrading the door. Granted, those doors were probably on great structures. Our home is not a great structure, has zero historical importance. It only has importance to those who remember the door, the door to the house.
So I have decided that the next owner can decide if they would like to remove our old door and replace it with a new fangled fiberglass door. That door will begin to make its own history, but it will not be the complete history of the house. Perhaps a buyer will appreciate the old wooden door and continue the history.