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    Simple updates to your front door can enhance your home’s curb appeal and create a more inviting entry for both you and your guests. You can paint your front door a vibrant color, replace its hardware, or even buy a whole new door. Accessories, like decorative planters and new lighting, also add to your home’s welcoming appeal.

    Update Door Hardware

    Over time, the hardware on any exterior door will begin to show signs of wear. You can update your front door by replacing the lockset (handle and deadbolt) or giving your current hardware a fresh coat of paint. Pull together the look by adding (or replacing) additional door hardware, such as a door knocker or a metal kick plate.

    Add Some Color

    Your front door should be the focal point of your home’s exterior. Make it stand out with a pop of color. Choose exterior paint in a color that will complement the rest of your home. For the best results, prep the door before painting. Remove hardware, cover any windows with painter’s tape, and then sand and clean the door. You may need to get approval from your homeowners’ association before changing the color of your front door.

    Choose a New Door

    There are many options available if you can afford to upgrade your entire door. Look for upscale styles that enhance your home’s current style. New sidelight or transom windows can frame your door beautifully, giving your entry a whole new look. You may be able to do a simple door replacement yourself, although major changes to the size and style of your front door might be better left to a professional.

    Other Accessories

    Updating your front door can also extend to the rest of your porch or entryway. You can add new house numbers to display your address, along with an inviting welcome mat and decorative planters for seasonal flowers. If it’s in your budget, updating your exterior lighting will also add to your home’s curb appeal. Choose porch lights that complement your new front door and consider adding path lighting to guide visitors into your home.

    From painting your door hardware to replacing your entire front door, updating your entry will add to your home’s style and value.

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