If your home was built more than 35 years ago and it still has its original garage door, there is opportunity for you to improve your home’s safety and resale value. If you are evaluating your next home improvement project based on return on investment as well as safety improvements, putting in a new garage door is a wise choice.
Because your garage door is the heaviest and largest piece of moving equipment in your home, it represents a potential safety hazard. In fact, the Consumer Product Safety Commission began requiring all garage doors manufactured after January 1, 1991 to have reversing systems due to the serious injuries resulting from garage door accidents.
Not only will replacing your old garage door and its opener improve its safety, your home will benefit from improved curb appeal and ultimately a higher probability of increased resale value. In Remodeling Magazine’s Cost vs. Value 2015 benchmarking report, Garage Door Replacement ranked in the top five remodeling projects that had the highest return on investment at resale, across the nation. In the Pacific region, it ranked number one in ROI in upscale remodels (based on scope of work, complexity, and quality of finishes). The low initial cost combined with the curb appeal improvement is likely the reason for the high ranking.
To help get you started considering what this garage “facelift” might look like, use online tools like Sears’ garage door designer. It gives you the option to upload a photo of your current garage doors, and then walks you through a series of choices regarding hardware, windows, and color, to give you a great picture of what your new door might look like. Give it a try today!
Contact Sears Garage Doors and Repair, serving Spokane, WA, Coeur d’Alene, ID and the surrounding areas, for a free garage door estimate and get started improving your home’s resale value and safety.