Your home’s exterior can make a huge difference in the number of people interested in your home: and how much it’s worth. If you’re interested in boosting the price of your property and aren’t afraid to put in a little extra work, here’s how adding a deck can increase your home’s value!
Visual appeal is one of the biggest reasons to add a new deck! Not only does a new deck look fantastic, but you can paint or stain it any color you want. This allows for a custom and gorgeous look that will set your lawn apart from anyone else’s.
This type of addition is especially valuable if your lawn is otherwise unremarkable or has low spots that gather water near your home. The deck will give you a dry and comfortable place to sit and a way to hide drainage as you guide this water away from your property.
Since 2020 there’s been a large emphasis on usable exterior spaces that allow homeowners to get the most out of their homes. Instead of letting your home be uninspiring outside, you can enjoy a new and usable outdoor space that looks fantastic. This will ensure you get more benefits like vitamin D and can enjoy the fresh air. Over time this is proven to improve mental and physical health and can be awesome for everyone within your home.
How much of a return you get on your investment depends on how much you paid for your lawn or rooftop deck and whether the market will be able to add that value to your home. Most decks add around 80% of the price of the build back into the property. Although this may not seem like a lot, if you built your deck five to ten years ago, that means you get to enjoy using it for that period of time and then enjoy selling your home for more money.
Don’t cut corners, though! Get materials that are high value and able to last for as long as the future owners will need them.
How large is your home? If your deck is large enough, you can often add its space to the square footage of your property. This is an incredible chance for anyone with a smaller house to spread out the area a little and possibly boost the value of their home without having to build an entirely brand-new bedroom onto the home.
This can vary from state to state, so look into local laws and guidance, and work with a professional realtor before you decide to follow this update.
If you’re planning on selling your property any time soon, a deck will add a lot of valuable interest to your home. Buyers will love the idea of spending time outside with their loved ones and will instantly picture what their life will be like if they bought your home.
Keeping up to date with the best polyurethane for decks you can find, and ensuring it always looks fresh and new, regardless of how old your patio is, is important as well. Nobody wants to buy a property with a rotting or old deck that they’ll have to replace or take down in a matter of years.
In many areas, there are tons of risks within a backyard, from puppy poop to fire ants and even scorpions if you’re in a place like Arizona. Adding simple cedar deck boards and creating a gorgeous deck will give you a chance to pull up and away from your lawn. You can still enjoy it and get the most out of the outdoors without having to worry about where you’re stepping.
Adding materials like hog wire deck railing makes it even safer, ensuring nobody falls or trips when they’re on your deck.
Entertainment is a must! We all love having friends and family over, so creating a space that’s not only a focal point but also attractive for your friends and family to visit will make a huge difference.
You can take this even further by adding a grilling and outdoor kitchen area on your deck. Over time awesome memories will be created here, and it’ll feel like the main space of your home.
It’s vital that if you do this, you ensure your wood is treated often and that your property is able to handle anything that’s thrown at it. This is especially true if you have more than ten people in any gathering on your deck.
Whether you’re eager to sell soon or you’re trying to create a property that will be a great nest egg eventually- your deck matters. Add value by building this great entertainment space soon.
Sam Willis is a freelance writer that loves sharing his knowledge and expertise on real estate. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia where he enjoys spending time with his wife and researching real estate trends in his free time. Sam’s work as a freelance writer can be found on Building Product Advisors, a new construction industry resource launching in Fall 2022.
– Sam Willis