The conventional wisdom of yesteryear suggested that a homes front entry door was the center of curb appeal attention. Realtors of the 1980s would commonly recommend spending extra dollars on an upscale front entrance. But today, as front doors are used less and garage doors are used more, home improvement experts recognize that a front-facing garage door commands much more impact and curb appeal than a front door that is often shrouded in shadow. The most noticeable architectural element of todays home is the garage door, says Gale Steves, former editor-in-chief of Home Magazine, a primary conduit of home improvement ideas to its 4 million readers.
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It resists fire, rotting, moisture and termites – all potential hazards that could otherwise end up costing thousands. Let your insurance agent know whenever you complete a renovation project to make sure any new upgrades to your home are properly covered under your existing policy. If not, your agent can work with you to make sure you get the coverage you need, says Erie Insurance Vice President and Product Manager Joe Vahey. In addition, some home improvement upgrades may entitle you to discounts, especially if renovations make the home safer or more secure. For example, Erie Insurance offers discounts for installing smoke alarms or a central station alarm. Erie also provides a discount for installing sprinkler systems in your home. Bed, bath and beyond As house hunters head indoors, there are a few things that are likely to increase a sale. Most tend to look at kitchens and baths first.