Our gorgeous South African climate encourages outdoor living and a good quality timber deck can add tons of value, not only to your lifestyle but also to your homes selling price.
According to the annual Remodeling magazine “Cost vs. Value Report,” you’ll get back nearly 75 percent of what you pay for a deck if you sell your home within the first year after the deck is built.
Factors to consider when installing your deck
Now before you rush off to install your deck, remember there are a number of factors to consider so you don’t over or under capitalize on your investment. It’s essential that you know your market and have a look at what other people in your neighborhood are doing. A very expensive deck won’t do much to the value of a home if the location isn’t known for receiving high returns on property values.
A deck is essentially an extension of your living space and adds a feeling of space blurring the boundaries between inside and out. This automatically increases your properties floor size thus increasing its resale value. Building a deck versus remodeling your living room can work out far cheaper achieving the same outcome – extra space.
It’s crucial you choose the right decking installer who obeys building codes and installs the deck correctly and safely. For example, a deck that is inadequately attached to the house can collapse, especially if you have a lot of people over for a gathering putting extra weight and pressure onto it. Railing balusters or fences need to have proper spacing so small children don’t fall through.
Give a lot of thought to the size and position of your deck. It will be a popular place to hang out, so make sure you have easy access to it from the house. Give your garden some priority too, and allow the two to flow. You don’t want to cut your guests or family off from the garden as decking and landscaping can truly complement each other. Check any size limitations with your city council building department early on before having to make any major changes.
Do your research as to what timber you decide to use as all have different specs, colours, and maintenance requirements. Choose what works best for your lifestyle. We’ll cover choosing timber in our next article to help you make your decision.