Washington D.C. is one of the most historical towns in our country. As our nation’s capitol, it also affords us the luxury of keeping with the modern times. Many homes in the area reflect  this dualistic vibe with older structures yet a 21st Century decor.

Things you don’t want to skimp on with “leaving it to history” is the pieces of your home that lend to the successful operation such as plumbing, insulation and energy efficiency.

If you’ve recently purchased a home built many moons ago, you’ll want to consider a renovation to ensure you are living in the best home for you and your family. While a remodeling contractor can ensure your home is transformed to function as that of a new home on the inside, there is one project you can do on your own.

Be responsible for the gateway into your home: upgrading your front door.

Exchanging your front door is a quick home improvement. There are pre-hung doors that are the easiest to self-install. You can choose one for your liking as there are many options available.

First things first, you need to measure your old door to ensure you purchase your new one as the same size. Pretty obvious, but worth stating. Measure twice. If your door is too large, you’ll be in for more work than necessary. If your door is too small, you can buy padding, but you risk energy inefficiency due to drafts. Just like Goldilocks, you want it just right.

Read some more in DIY Home Improvement: New Front Door Part 2.