I’m back for this month’s installment of Ask An Agent where I pose a relevant home improvement question to a real estate agent for the purpose of resale value. And for this month’s post I got to get in touch with an old high school friend : ]My Question: “Our ’60s ranch house has all original doors…and a ton of them! Do you think it’s worth swapping them out for new ones or will a coat of fresh paint and new hardware suffice?”Eddie’s Answer: “What a great question! I come across many buyers who like the charm and character of older homes. When it comes to resale purposes, I would advise my sellers to keep the originality of the home. Buyers nowadays will either keep the home as-is or make the changes they desire after closing.
Purchasing new doors, in this case numerous doors, would not be a worthwhile investment unless it is necessary to be uniform with other upgrades in the home or if the original doors are in need of replacement. Cosmetically, a fresh coat of paint will go a long way for resale.”
So honestly, this wasn’t quite the answer I wanted to hear (I’ve already been eying some MDF doors with some character) but it makes total sense. Our new home has a boatload of doors. Our master bedroom alone has five! For kicks, let’s see just how many doors our new home has…That’s a lot of doors for less than 1,400 sf of house! Five of them lead to the outside which feels a bit excessive to me. After mulling over Eddie’s advice, I think I’ll go with a fresh coat of paint and new hardware to add some cohesion and update their look.
The doors do need some attention though. They were given a fresh coat of paint without any sanding or primer and it’s not holding up well.It’s kinda hard to see in pictures because the two paint colors are similar enough but it’s basically peeling (you could scratch it off with a fingernail).
As an agent who’s an expert in the local San Diego area, Eddie brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise about buying, selling, or investing in Real Estate. Eddie has been working in the field of Customer Service and Sales for more than a decade now and thrives on meeting and exceeding the expectations of his clients. When Eddie has some free time, he enjoys traveling and spending time with his friends and family.
What would you do in our situation? Any tips for refinishing doors?