DIY Home Improvement, Remodeling & Repair Forum > DIY Home Improvement > Windows and Doors > door upgrade to increase resale value?

Help Support House Repair Talk by donating using the link above.
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 01-04-2007, 05:51 PM  
Junior Member
Join Date: Nov 2006
Posts: 3
Default door upgrade to increase resale value?

I have 7 hollow-core doors in my house which, to me, don't look very attractive. I am thinking about replacing them with pine solid doors. I will eventually sell the house. Would it increase the resale value beyond my investment? My neighbor thinks that it's not worth upgrading them.

skill-junkie is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 01-04-2007, 06:06 PM  
Square Eye
Senior Member
Square Eye's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2006
Posts: 1,273
Liked 10 Times on 7 Posts


Not worth it to an appraiser.
May by chance be a selling point, but not likely.
Trim packages add value, crown, baseboard, chair rail.
Usually not as much as expected though.
Most effective upgrades?
bathroom upgrades, kitchens and mechanical systems (HVAC).
Then new roofing, new concrete, new siding etc..
Flooring will only increase the value if the existing floors are really bad.

Square Eye is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 01-05-2007, 01:30 PM  
Senior Member
Join Date: Mar 2006
Posts: 2,990
Liked 4 Times on 4 Posts


I'm just guessing here, the doors may be stained and varnished; if that's the case perhaps you could consider a coat of enamel to up-grade them.
glennjanie is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 01-08-2007, 01:08 PM  
Senior Member
Join Date: Jul 2006
Posts: 157

If you are going to be living there, do the upgrade for yourself if you want the "better look". If you are getting ready to put the house on the market and are considering this only to boost the resale value, then I'll bet it is a loosing proposition.

However, if it does set your house appart from the others that prospective buyers are looking at, then it might be beneficial to make yours more appealing and move it quicker. You may spend $1500 (guess) replacing the doors, but not get any higher sale price for the house, but if your market is in the doldrums and that is the magic bullet that makes it sell in 1-2 months instead of 10-12 then it may be a worthwile investment.

Only YOU can decide.

Like I said, if you are doing it for yourself to live in the house, then go for it and you will get to appreciate the investment for a few years before you do decide to sell.
Kerrylib is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 01-08-2007, 01:22 PM  
Massive Tool Belt
Join Date: Oct 2006
Posts: 262

I agree with Kerrylib. Our home had hollow doors that were just awful. When we looked at the house, we noticed the cheap doors, but it wasn't enough to keep us from buying it. After we bought it, we stumbled across a person who was replacing their doors, and selling the old ones. Turns out they are heavy, solid spruce 6-panel doors that have already been finished in a pleasing color. We snatched 'em up for $250 (5 doors and 4 bi-folds). It was a steal. I had to re-mortise the hinge-mounts, but that was easy, and now every room has high-quality solid doors.

So, keep your eyes open for something like that!

Quattro is offline  
Reply With Quote

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter DIY Home Repair Forum Replies Last Post
cars with worst resale value Rusty General Chit-Chat 11 04-13-2017 09:34 PM
resale value: walk in shower vs whirlpool bath snoopcat General Home Improvement Discussion 8 10-18-2013 07:18 AM
steel reinforcement and resale value redlined Framing and Foundation 0 05-28-2009 02:31 AM
Two ideas - how would they affect my resale? dakuda General Home Improvement Discussion 10 04-23-2007 09:59 AM

Newest Threads