You don’t need to be a realtor or home designer to know that your home’s curb appeal can make or break a sale. A first impression is often a lasting one, so if you are in the market to sell your home, make sure your property looks its best and this includes the garage door.
Many homebuyers drive by a home or schedule a walk-through after viewing it online Since many will do so in the evening after work, consider installing lights along your driveway and walkway or adding a decorative light fixture to the front of the home.

In a new study fielded by Stratamark Research and garage door manufacturer Clopay Building Products, 300 realtors nationwide were surveyed to determine if garage door appearance made a difference in the listing price they would assign to a house.

Nearly all of the agents interviewed agreed that a new garage door enhances curb appeal and 75 percent believes it adds value to a home. In fact, most realtors have recommended that a homeowner replace their garage door when listing their house for sale because of the condition of the door — either it was broken, in bad condition or rotted. Nearly half said appearance was a big reason because the age or style of the door detracted from the home’s curb appeal.

Source: National Association of Realtors, Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers 2011


Here are the top 10 Remodeling Projects That Give You the Most Bang for Your Buck


1. A new front door


2. A new garage door


3. Fiber-cement siding


4. A wood deck


5. A minor kitchen remodel


6. Window replacement


7. Remodeling the attic to add a bedroom


8. A basement remodel


9. A major kitchen remodel


10. A second-story addition


Source HGTV Front Door. January 18, 2011


Do you need to upgrade that garage door?


  • Budget. Yes we know budget dictates options. Garage doors range in price from a few hundred to several thousand dollars depending on the size, materials and design you choose. Even if you have a small budget you can still get a great looking door that is going to enhance the look of the house. At the DoorDoctorVA, we will work with you to help you find the garage doors to fit your budget and desire.


  • Design. Your garage door should be part of your home’s overall theme, not an afterthought. Let the home’s architectural style, the shape and size of the windows and entry doors, and exterior design details influence the design of the garage door.


  • Insulation. Doors can be insulated or non-insulated. If the garage is attached to the house you’ll want an insulated door. This will help reduce utility bills – a popular selling point with prospective buyers. If you live in a mild climate or have a detached garage that will only be used to park the car, you can opt for a less expensive, non-insulated door.


  • Upkeep. Maintenance is another consideration. Steel doors are very durable and virtually maintenance-free, but some people prefer the warmth and character of wood and the limitless design options. Depending on the climate and exposure, wood doors will need to be painted or stained every few years.


At DoorDoctorVA, we specialize in garage doors and garage door openers.  Door Doctor, Inc. has been in the garage door business for over twenty years and we serve Northern Virginia, Maryland and Washington DC. We can meet all your garage door and garage door opener repairservice, and installationneeds with the professional quality, craftsmanship, and personal service you deserve.  Call us today for an estimate on replacing or repairing your garage door or garage door opener on 703 709 7933