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Prepping to leave your current digs behind for a fresh start is bittersweet: Sure, your next Zen den might offer a slew of upgrades, but the memories of dinner parties and the like you’ll leave behind are priceless. What’s not priceless, however, are the packing expenses, which can pretty much drain your bank account—especially if you live in NYC, AKA home of the broker’s fee.

So when you are making plans to transplant your life and move to another location, finding manageable home improvements that will help you score some extra cha-ching for your old place is the name of the game. For its just-released 2018 Paint Color Analysis, real estate and rental marketplace Zillow examined more than 135,000 photos of sold homes countrywide to compare how paint colors affected sale prices. It turns out that painting your door black or charcoal grey could really pay off…specifically to the tune of $6,271 more than the expected selling price.

“While cool, neutral wall colors like tan and light blue are still popular, we’re seeing a notable shift in home design where pops of color—particularly in darker hues of blue and gray to even black—are becoming increasingly popular.” —Kerrie Kelly, Zillow home design expert

“While cool, neutral wall colors like tan and light blue are still popular, we’re seeing a notable shift in home design where pops of color—particularly in darker hues of blue and gray to even black—are becoming increasingly popular,” Kerrie Kelly, Zillow home design expert, says in the press release. And your front door just so happens to be the easiest place to execute said on-trend “pop.”

According to Home Advisor, the average cost of this paint job is just $100 (and that’s if you outsource the work). Do the math, and that means you could make up to $6,171 more to spend on things like, say, hanging daybeds and Le Creuset’s très chic summer nice cream bowls. Sounds like a win-win, right?

Other moving must-reads: Everything you need to know about buying a mattress online and how to know which healthy-home device your space needs. 

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