If you are going to replace your garage door, take in to consideration how it will be viewed when you are trying to sell it. A basic door will usually do the job, depending on the look you are going for, but consider these options.
-An insulated door is great to keep the cold out in the winter and keep it cool in the summer. This is important for those who use the garage as a gym, office, or workshop instead of a parking area.
-Windows may also be a selling point for some, allowing in natural light and at a minimal additional cost.
-A belt-driven garage door opener is usually preferred and quieter than a chain-driven opener.
-Storage is also a great project to take on at some point after replacing the door.
Some standard doors go for around $600 and carriage-type doors are 3x that. Installation usually costs the same as the door itself. Windows are about $100 to add. Belt-driven doors add another $100. All in all the average national cost for a garage door replacement is $1291 (according to Realtor Magazine), plus or minus a couple hundred for added enhancements.
The best part is that this home improvement has a high resale value and the cost is recouped nearly 84% upon selling! Consider this affordable project to increase your curb appeal and value when you are looking to move.
And Thank Your For Making Me Your Orange County Real Estate Specialist!
Michael Caruso, Broker ABR ABRM CLHMS CRB CRS GRI GREEN
2007 President, Orange County Association of Realtors