When it comes to making additions or renovating one’s home, adding value matters. Most home owners don’t want to pour time, money, and effort into a project that isn’t going to add value to the cost of their house — or even worse, something that might actually reduce property values and/or make the home more difficult to sell.
So where do outdoor decks stack up in the list of projects that reliably add value to your home? The answer is: it depends. While outdoor decks are not something people tend to build for the specific purpose of adding market value to their homes, a high quality deck with superior workmanship can lead to a modest boost in value. In addition to a potential increase in value, an extremely well-built or unique deck can help set your house apart in a market of similar homes — in other words, it can help you attract more buyers.
At the end of the day, though, adding value isn’t the only or even the primary reason why many homeowners decide to add an outdoor deck to their property. Read on for more ideas about how an outdoor deck can enhance your time spent at home.
Lifestyle enhancements of outdoor decks
Many home owners decide to add a deck to their home, not so much because of the potential value it will add to the price of their house, but more so for the potential enjoyment it will bring them. Having an outdoor deck is one of the easiest ways to spend time outside without leaving the comfort of your own home. Whether you use your deck to relax with a book, practice yoga outdoors, or entertain guests, there are countless ways that an outdoor deck can enhance your lifestyle and bring enjoyment to you and your family.
Many families with young children or pets love having decks as they allow for a supervised and enclosed place where kids and animals can play outside. Grilling enthusiasts love how easy it is to fire up the grill on their deck and enjoy an outdoor meal with ease. Outdoor decks are also a great place to entertain guests during warmer months. Depending on their location, a quality outdoor deck can feel like a natural extension of your kitchen or dining room, adding functional square footage to your living space without the work (and cost) of an actual home add-on.
Choosing a Deck Specialist
If you’re considering a new outdoor deck to your home, it’s in your best interest to hire a respected and experienced specialist for the job. At the end of the day, a poorly built deck is not only a waste of money — it can be a safety hazard. Ask around with friends and neighbors for recommendations of qualified deck specialists. Make sure to have some ideas for your future deck in mind when shopping around so that you can get and compare quotes and proposals from different contractors. You want to choose a specialist who can be honest with you about the feasibility of your ideal deck, how long it will take, and how much it will cost.