In this housing market, many people are looking to sell their primary, second, or vacation home. Many times, the seller will renovate, or upgrade certain aspects of their home to make their home more attractive to prospective buyers. However, the trap that many people fall into is that, when it comes to comparing homes by neighborhood, a new floor, or upgraded bathrooms don’t expand, or enhance the living space.
Many times, a buyer’s agent might not even highlight your new counter tops, or appliances. To them, those things have always been there. And, if your home is in a newer area, you’re competing against homes that have roughly the same square footage and amenities.
This leaves exterior renovations. Obviously, the one we would recommend would be a deck. There are some very practical reasons why building a deck to help sell your home might be a very prudent and wise decision:
- Expanded Living Space – Let’s face it. A deck is a great place to enjoy the warm days of Summer and cool holidays of Winter. Families build memories on their decks thanks to birthday parties, family reunions, and the American staple of 4th of July BBQs. A new bathroom doesn’t build memories…it’s just a bathroom.
- No Muss, No Fuss – The decking we sell here at Advantage offers many benefits. However, the one most appreciated by our customers is low maintenance. Despite all the marketing hype, only hardwoods like Cumaru, Tigerwood, Ipe, and Garapa have been proven to last for decades. Proof of this is found in the countless marine applications these hardwoods are chosen for. Boardwalks, bridges, and docks use these hardwoods with great success because they don’t have to be kept up. Basically, they’re installed and enjoyed by city residents 24/7/365, even in the harshest conditions.
- Create an Immediate, Lasting Impression – Put yourself in the shoes of a prospective buyer. They’ve been looking at homes all day. Which ones are going to stand out? The one with the fancy bathtub they’ll hardly ever use, or the one with the ultra-low maintenance and stunningly beautiful new cumaru deck?
When you put these factors together, plus the fact that wood decking is roughly 30-40% more affordable than undependable composites, it makes sense to take the time to install a new hardwood deck. If you end up selling your home faster, you also get the added bonus of saving on carrying costs and other financial burdens brought on by maintaining a home.
Questions? Feel free to contact us. We’d be happy to give you a quote on any of the decking options we have here at AdvantageLumber.com