Adding a deck increases the value of your home. Outdoor living spaces have become more desirable, especially since more people stay home for vacation (i.e. referred to as a staycation). If you make your deck and your backyard more appealing, your house will be more appealing to prospective buyers when you decide to sell. HGTV claims that homeowners recoup 65%-90% of their investment by adding a deck.
The cost of adding a deck to your home varies widely. Everything depends on its size, and how many bells and whistles you want added, like built-in seating, multiple stairs, built-in flower pots, and the size of the deck. Decks can cost anywhere from $3000 to $20,000, or more. Again, it all depends on the design and materials used.
As you might guess, you can save a huge chunk of the cost, usually half, by doing the work yourself, although it is not recomended. Keep in mind, however, that deck construction isn’t easy and may require structural expertise. You also need specific tools, such as a bandsaw, and the cost of the tools can be very expensive, especially if you don’t plan to use them again.
If you decide to hire a contractor, choose someone you can work well with. Make sure they are reliable and professional and can provide good service. Thoroughly go over the project and what you require before you agree to a contract or work order.