You might think that increasing your home’s value might take major investments and home improvement projects, but that doesn’t necessarily be the case. In fact, all it takes is a simple fix that you can do yourself. What you need is a black door.
According to Zillow, which created an analysis of about 135,000 photos of homes across the U.S. from 2010, on average, houses with black or charcoal grey doors sold for about $6271 more than usual.
According to Zillow design expert Kerrie Kelly: “For a seller, painting a front door is one the least expensive home prep projects, but also one that can have a powerful impact on a home’s sale price. While cool, neutral wall colors like tan and light blue are still popular, we’re seeing a notable shift in home design where pops of color — particularly in darker hues of blue and gray to even black — are becoming increasingly popular.”
Painting your door black is a great way to increase your home’s value. According to Realtor.com, black doors give prospective buyers a sense that the home is series, stately, and even safe. The color is so popular that two shades are part of Sherwin-Williams’ top 50 paint colors: Tricorn Black and Peppercorn.
Additionally, according to HGTV, fixing up your home with exterior improvements can yield a return of investment of over 95%/
Jennie Norris, a professional home stager shared with Opendoor: “A fresh coat of paint in on-trend colors for a house is always going to look better than a dated color scheme with paint that is peeling, faded and worn.”
Why stop there? After your paint your door black, you can also paint your living room light taupe, as that will add $2800 value as compared to a white-walled alternative. Same goes for light blue bathrooms.
Paint colors that actually decrease value includes red in the kitchen, which sells for $2300 less than expected.