I'm an interior expert – here's the best color to paint your front door & it could add $6,000 to the value

PAINTING your home's exterior does plenty to improve its appearance, but it's also a massive expense.

Refreshing your front door, on the other hand, is low-cost and low-effort – but you could see a huge boost to your home's value if you choose the right paint color.

A study from the home pros at Zillow and Thumbtack found that the project acts as an instant facelift for your home, and if you have the right tools, it's possible to DIY.

You could touch up your front door with paint you have on hand, but if you want to maximize the value increase, you should go with a trendier pick.

"A glossy coat of exterior paint on the front door can amp up your curb appeal, but if you're thinking about resale, you'll want to be strategic about the color you choose," the study read.

Zillow's research determined that homes with black front doors can sell for more than similar homes – up to $6,000 more, in fact.

That means the return on your investment for the project is substantial compared to similar home renovations.

Painting your front door costs only a few hundred dollars, while a total exterior repaint has an average cost of $2,535.

To make the most of the paint job, choose a glossy black that has warm, cool, or neutral undertones, depending on what other colors make up your exterior aesthetic.

A shiny finish is especially important to the modern look, and choosing a high-quality exterior paint will keep your front door clean and free of damage.

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If you feel well-equipped to paint your own home, take the time to do the project right.

If you have any hesitation about your skills or resources, hop online and find an expert.

"A pro may have the right tools and expertise to do the job faster and more effectively," said Zillow home trends expert Amanda Pendleton.

For a smaller project like a front door, calling in the professionals is unlikely to break your budget.

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According to Zillow's research, embarking on a DIY project and then changing course when it proves too challenging will result in monetary losses.

"This research finds the most costly projects are those that start as DIY and end up being completed by a professional," Pendleton added.

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