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When it comes to expanding your home living space, one of the most effective ways to do it is to finish the basement. You can turn a full basement into an entire floor of extra living space. You may even be able to create bedrooms, install a kitchen, and add a bathroom. I created this site to share my experiences with basement renovations and construction. My hope is that sharing what I have learned will help others to see that it's easier than you think to finish the basement and create the space you have always envisioned in your home.

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Raise The Value Of Your House Using Your Garage Door: 3 Ways To Do It

Are you selling your house and want to raise its value? You can often get a higher asking price and even sell the house much more quickly than you otherwise might, simply by making some easy changes to the exterior of your home. According to, one of the easiest things to change to give your home's value a boost is to make changes to your garage door. Here are three ways you can change your garage door that are proven pleasers to home buyers.

1. Paint Your Garage Door

The quickest way to spruce up a garage door to really improve your home's curb appeal is to paint it. Bright colors are especially attractive to buyers. Use a nice, bright color that contrasts but does not clash with the main color of your house.

Make sure the color is applied evenly, with no areas looking like they have thinner paint than others. The color will make the garage door "pop" to buyers and passersby. It will be eye-catching and attractive, and buyers will see it and imagine calling your house their home.

2. Add Windows to Your Garage Door

Windows make a garage door look charming. They give a house a storybook cottage appearance. There are two approaches you can take:

  • Install windows that are pure glass. These let sunlight into the garage, which is a nice touch. Feel free to experiment with unusual, yet attractive window shapes. Just be sure the windows are all the same size.
  • Install windows with curtains. This really adds to the storybook cottage look. While men will probably be the ones most impressed with a garage door, the curtains will get women envisioning things they could do with the space.

Be sure all windows are installed along the top of the garage door and are evenly spaced. Make sure the garage door is working properly while you're installing the windows. If it's having trouble opening and closing like it should, it may be an easy fix, such as just needing a new garage door spring. More serious issues can require a professional repair person.

If you'd rather not bother putting in windows, you can always buy a new garage door that already has them. You can install it yourself, or get the home supply store where you bought it to come out and install it for you.

3. Install an Insulated Garage Door

Insulated garage doors are the newest thing in garage door technology. Double-thick and usually made out of a shiny metal like stainless steel, these doors look sharp on any house. They add to the value of your house by looking good, just as other cosmetic garage door changes do. However, they add additional value by letting the buyers turn the garage into an all-weather room.

They keep out the heat and the cold, so the garage can be used any time of the year. This is perfect if the buyers want to finish out the garage and make it part of the living space of the home. Game rooms, TV rooms, living rooms, and even a bedroom can be ideal transformations to a garage with an insulated door.


It is amazing how much difference an attractive garage door from a site like can make in the value of your home. You will also likely get more interested buyers making appointments to see your house if your garage door is attractive.

It doesn't take much time or money to spruce up a garage door, and the return on investment will be tremendous when your house sells. So, get out there and start working on your garage door's amazing transformation today.