Top 15 Home Updates #8

Top 15 Home Updates #8

#8 Deck, Patio or Porch Addition!
Average return at resale: 90.3 Percent

•Adding a 16×20 ft. pressure-treated wood deck with a simple pattern costs about $11,000. At resale, you’ll get about $10,000 of that back, a recoup rate of 90 percent.

•One simple but effective trick — add eye-appeal with decorative planters on the front porch, patio and decks.

•Give a courtyard an impressive entry with an inviting gate, lighting and mature plantings. These small improvements will have a big impact at closing.

•Use bold plantings to emphasize features, or to distract the eye from flaws.

•Run-down stairs lower your profit margin, so make sure porch railings are safe and attractive.

•And here’s an easy tip — camouflage unattractive air conditioning units with a wooden trellis.

•In the West, the recoup rate reaches nearly 100 percent, but it falls to 83 percent in the South.

This is one of our favorite updates, especially for the Summer!