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Increase your home's square footage, value with an exterior deck

Posted by:  Chip Poli
2013-10-14 07:20:52

If you currently own a house, you've probably given some thought to projects that could potentially boost your home's resale price. These investments can provide you with larger returns when selling the property - as interested buyers may be willing to purchase the residence for more money than requested - but also enhance your quality of life while still in the house.

One of the most popular projects homeowners have traditionally undertaken is the construction of a deck that connects the home's interior living space with the outdoors. These can not only heighten the home's value, but also increase its overall aesthetic.

At Poli Mortgage Group, we pride ourselves on our ability to adequately meet the needs of all of our clients, as the wide range of products and services we offer can benefit individuals in all stages of the home buying process. We employ a workforce of experienced Loan Officers who can find you advantageous low rates for residential lending.

Are you considering different ways to increase your home's resale price? An upscale deck may be one good bet. To get the most bang for your buck, you may want to incorporate the following aspects into the exterior feature:

A unique layout, interesting design
If you're going to spend money on improving your home, you should make sure that the project enhances the property and adds to the house's overall appearance. Therefore, building an average-looking deck should be avoided. When planning its construction, you may want to speak with a professional regarding the ways you could spice up the feature's style. Incorporating an attractive layout and intricate designs can provide a pleasing display that you, your neighbors and prospective buyers will all be interested in. 

Upscale amenities, high-end accents
While outdoor decks were once entirely composed of wood, these days, many homeowners choose to construct the exterior square footage out of different materials, have electricity and running water hooked up and high-tech additions installed. Whether you're looking to create a space for entertaining friends and family, or simply a quiet spot to enjoy sunsets, it can be enhanced with the incorporation of contemporary comforts. Interested in enjoy the outdoors year-round? You may want to introduce a heat source, such as a fireplace. 

A specific use, purpose
Though decks are traditionally thought of as a residential add-on, there's nothing saying it can't be used by homeowners for typical, everyday functions. In addition to rest and relaxation, the space can be used for entertaining, and turned into a second kitchen or bar. The addition of a weather-resistant ping pong table, or billiard table can provide a recreational dimension to enjoying time outside, while installing a retractable screen can transform the living area into an outdoor movie theater. 

Extensive safety measures
Since most decks are usually elevated off of the ground, its best to include a number of measures that ensure the safety of your guests. Incorporating large railings that do not allow individuals to pass either above or below can enhance the exterior feature, as can clearly marking any steps or elevation changes that are included in the layout. If you want to keep people in - and bugs out - you may want to consider enclosing the space with a screen. 

If you are preparing your home to sell and purchase another, you can benefit by contacting Poli Mortgage Group. During our 12 years in operation, our reach has grown exponentially, and we are now licensed to operate in 17 states along the East Coast. Call us today at 866-353-7654.

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