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The Best Ways to Get the Best ROI for Your Deck

Posted in: Decks in Maryland

James Moylan

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

The Best Ways to Get the Best ROI for Your Deck

If you want to add guaranteed value to your home, the smartest way to get the best return on your investment is by building a deck. Done correctly, a deck practically pays for itself and can truly enhance your price point at resale.

Maximize your deck’s ROI with these tips:

Simplify your deck design.

It isn’t necessary to go oversized on your deck design. The average deck size should equal about 12 to 18 percent of the square footage of your home. A 16x20-foot deck installed in a simple pattern that blends with the style of your home will have universal appeal and be cost-effective. If you’re into eclectic designs, satisfy your creative bent by purchasing unique outdoor furniture and accessories!

Rely on railing.

A deck with a full railing system is an attractive perk to all home buyers. And there’s no need to get fancy or break your budget by upgrading to aluminum or stainless steel rails in an intricate, customized design. Stick with basic wood posts and railings constructed in a practical configuration to provide the necessary safety and bonus of curb appeal.

Go under cover.

A fully or partially covered deck adds a number of perks to your home’s overall allure. A cover minimizes the direct impact of harsh weather to your deck. The shelter also means less time is necessary for clean-up or maintenance on your deck. A roof or cover provides shelter from the elements – sit outside and enjoy the rain on your deck without getting drenched. No need to go elaborate with your choice of deck cover either – choose something low-maintenance that gets the job done and improves your ROI.

Upgrade sparingly.

There may be enhancements that you’d like to have for your deck – such as a fully equipped outdoor kitchen – but this is a pricey upgrade that is unlikely to pay off in terms of adding value to your home. Before opting for an upgrade, consider whether it will really make a difference to the deck’s usefulness, and if it blends with other elements of your home. Exterior lighting or built-in benches may be wise choices for your neighborhood.

Learn more about why building a deck can be your best home investment.