Should I replace my builder installed brass door knobs to sell my house?

Should I replace my builder installed brass door knobs to sell my house?

What is the first thing you touch when you walk into a home? It’s the door knob.  What does a cheap brass doorknob say? “I’m not fancy.  May a low offer.”  What does a pitted, tarnished door knob say? “The house is not kept up. Low ball me.”

Oil rubbed door knob, courtesy of Lowes
Oil rubbed door knob found at Lowes

What does a contemporary new looking door knob say? “Come on in. I have much more to show you.”

First impressions are so important. If you have a cheap or dated door knob on the front door, REPLACE IT! Don’t give it a second thought.

What about the door knobs inside your house? Should you replace your builder brass door knob???  YES! YES! and YES! Don’t give those a second thought either.

Brass door knobs either shouts cheap builder door knob or “I’m trying to cut corners so I’ll install the cheapest door know out there” or worse, “I’m old and not keeping up with the times.”


What should a brass door knob be replaced with?

There are several contemporary options out there in different price ranges:

Satin brushed nickel lever is a popular look today. Especially with our aging population. This one can be found at Home Depot
Satin brushed nickel, courtesy of Home Depot
  1. Oiled bronze is a very popular darker look these days.

2. Satin brushed nickel is very popular among home owners.

3. Satin pewter is another popular choice.

The lever is a higher end look than a regular door knob. It can be more expensive but if your home is in the higher price point range, then you should definitely consider this upgrade. Also the lever is popular because of our aging population since levers are easier to open than the traditional door knob. So if you have a condo or bungalow and are looking to replace the cheap looking brass door knobs, you should definitely consider replacing your door knobs with levers.

Important tips:

1. Stick with the same finish throughout the interior. Once you pick a certain finish, nickel, bronze or pewter, stick with it ! Don’t mix and match. That shouts you’re trying to save money.

satin brushed pewter lever, home depot
Satin brushed pewter lever found at Home Depot

Speaking of money, if you’re replacing the knobs in an entire home, it can be pricey. If you can only afford to do one floor, do the main floor, then the second floor, and the basement last.

2. If you can only afford to replace one door knob and the front door needs replacing, do that one! Make sure however, that the finish for the door knob is the same type of finish for the door bell, light and mailbox if you have one.

3. Pick the most popular style of door knob. It doesn’t have to be your taste. The key to the upgrade is the most economical price point possible which suits your home’s price range.

Designer Tip:  Door knobs may seem like a small matter, but this relatively small outlay of money can really impact the value of your home and ultimately the offer you get on your home.


























Debi Collinson is a  Designer, Stager and Renovator. For over 10 years she has been helping clients make their home stunning. She has staged over 75  homes helping clients make money beyond their expectations. She has bought several “fixer uppers” and either flipped them for a healthy profit or turned them into profitable rental properties. Come follow Debi as she share here tips & secrets.



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