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Home renovation: 6 worst fixes for the money

No. 6: New fiberglass front door
New fiberglass front door © MR. INTERIOR/

No. 6: New fiberglass front door

Typical cost: $2,500; 60% recouped at resale

When it comes to resale value, a fiberglass front door might not be your best buy.

A steel front door costs $500 less and returns the same amount -- about $1,500 -- at resale, according to the NARI/NAR report.

Depending on the maker and the door, some wood or steel versions could even cost "a couple hundred dollars more" than similar fiberglass versions, Knoll says. But that money can pay off in curb appeal, he says.

Pekel disagrees. "A fiberglass door has a higher level of popularity than a steel door," he says. "I also find them to be more available."

Knoll's tip: If you're replacing a door, opt for one that matches your home's architecture and enhances its character.

While a new front door can freshen up the look of the house, that doesn't mean buyers want to pick up the entire tab for the project.

"I don't think you're going to get a return (at resale) on a door," says Laricy. "Nobody knows doors."

Data source: "2015 Remodeling Impact Report" by the National Association of the Remodeling Industry and the National Association of Realtors

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