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Outdoor Decks Add Value to Your Home

Decks are one of the best home improvement projects in terms of both enjoyment and return on investment. The national average cost of adding decks is a bit over $10,000 and the average return is around 85 percent. However, many factors go into this calculation.

Outdoor Decks: Size and Location Matter

When making your deck plans, first consider size and location. As a general rule, the larger the better, but you need to balance size with cost. Locating decks where they can be accessed from a common area (family room, kitchen) is more desirable than off a private area like the master bedroom. And decks in warmer climates generally command a higher return because they can be used year-round.

Design and Materials are Critical

Flowing, free-form, and multi-level decks may appeal to fans of Frank Lloyd Wright, but a simple and functional design will appeal to more buyers when it comes to resale. And simple decks cost a great deal less to build. When selecting materials, remember that attractiveness, durability, and ease of maintenance all come into play. Compare the benefits and drawbacks of wood, metal, or composite materials for your decks.

Do it Yourself and Save

For the highest return on your investment, consider a do-it-yourself approach to deck plans and construction and multiply your return on investment. But if you don't have the expertise, let the experts build your decks. And use the rule of thumb that your home's value plus the value of the improvement should not exceed the average cost of a home in the area by more than 20%.

Keep all these factors in mind, and you will be able to enjoy your deck and get a nice return.

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Designing a Deck

Designing a Deck
A deck is a popular home improvement that not only adds to the value of your home, but also provides an extra space for enjoying the outdoors. You'll want to carefully consider the design elements that go into your deck. You must think of a deck as a new addition to your house (like a room), one in which you are planning specific use of.

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Pressure Washing Your Deck

Pressure Washing Your Deck
The easiest, most effective way of cleaning dirty, grimy surfaces is with a pressure washer. They are specially designed to remove built-up mold, mildew, dirt and grime and to restore surfaces to like-new condition in a fraction of the time it would take by hand. Pressure washers come in a variety of styles, sizes and additional attachments that can be used for more than just cleaning your deck.

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Working With Deck Builders

Working With Deck Builders
Having a deck installed offers one perk that most home improvements don’t offer. Due to the fact that the addition is outside, you won’t have to interrupt your daily life to accommodate to the installation. You won’t have contractors and materials all over your house and you will not be losing electricity or water at any given point.

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