Keith P. Anderson ASLA
Will a Patio Increase My Home's Value?
Whether you already have a patio or want to add one, having Patio Contractors create a beautiful outdoor space will add value to your home. Despite this, if your patio is broken down then you will need to put some work into it. The work you put in or pay to have done will be the difference between a patio adding value or reducing it.
How to Get an Existing Patio Ready for Your Home
Power Wash it
Begin by washing off all the dirt and debris. If you have concrete or stones, it will be easy to clean.
Reseal the concrete
Wait for the patio to dry, and then reseal it. This will allow the concrete to last longer overall and prevent it from absorbing water. Every three years you need to add a new coat of sealant to protect it from discoloration, cracks, and crumbling.
Wipe down the furniture
Furniture can easily be covered with mildew, cobwebs, stains, and dirt. There are various types of materials that you may need to clean, such as:
● Wood and wicker: This can be hosed down and washed with an oil-based soap.
● Metal, iron, and aluminum: Use metal polishing paste or a white vinegar and water mixture.
● Glass: Spray on vinegar or glass cleaning solution.
● Plastic: Apply a mix of 3 tablespoons dishwasher detergent and 1-gallon warm water.
If you do not have furniture yet, this can give you a good idea of what you may want to buy for your patio.
Getting the most value out of your patio investment
Patios do not get as much traffic like the kitchen or living room, but your outdoor space is incredibly fun to use. Even though you may be looking to add a patio as a method of investment, you should still enjoy it! Consider adding in a BBQ or fire pit to your patio area.
Additionally, if the space is usable, then you will be able to get more for your home when you plan to sell it. Usable outdoor living is extremely attractive to buyers overall.
How to add a patio
First, you want to ensure that the patio matches the rest of your house. This means that proportions are important. Typically, you should have 30% of the landscaping match with 30% of a floral or grassy area, and then the rest of the backyard should have a patio. Make sure it looks like it belongs with the home rather than an add-on. This will determine the value of your home overall.
Adding materials is the final stage of your patio. You need to examine the cost you can afford, a style that you like, and durability as well. Choosing something like brick or concrete may crack in harsh climates, while manufactured stones can last up to 100 years and are easily replaceable.
Considering a patio for your home?
If you are considering adding a patio to your home to increase its value, we can give you our professional opinion and give you a free estimate. Contact us today.