Time to Get Decking

 

Find out how to unlock the potential to increased property value

 

Outdoor Entertaining is synonymous with the Australian lifestyle, so it’s no wonder we have seen such an increase in alfresco areas in our homes. However, some homeowners may be missing out on significant revenue when selling their property due to the poor condition or location of their deck.

Toby Parker, Director at Hocking Stuart in Balwyn, Melbourne, believes a beautiful deck can add great value to a property and is a key feature people look for in a new home.

“What is now known as the ‘Outdoor living room’ is a trend which is fast becoming a focal point for families to enjoy and share with others and something potential buyers now look for in a new home,” Parker said.

“A well-maintained deck in the right location can add tens of thousands of dollars to a property. There is no point in a worn deck or a detached deck at the back of the yard, when potential buyers are looking for a striking deck which provides a seamless extension of the interior living space,” he added.

In line with this, a survey of homeowners, conducted by Cabot’s, found that when asked how much a well-maintained outdoor entertaining area could add to the overall value of a property, a huge 47 per cent of respondents felt it could increase the price by up to $20,000.

However, only two per cent of those surveyed said they would coat their deck when preparing their home for re-sale, suggesting the majority of homeowners may be missing out on significant gains when it comes to getting the most out of their house sale.

The survey also showed that Australians use the outdoor area of their home far more frequently for entertaining and relaxing than any other room in the house.

However, almost 60 per cent of Australians admit to neglecting their decks and a significant 55 per cent of survey respondents said their deck could look better, and almost 10 per cent of respondents felt their deck was either somewhat or completely neglected.

Cabot’s Brand Manager Stuart McCausland says that the benefits of having a well-maintained deck are clear, but consumers often don’t get around re-coating or even cleaning their decks, as they don't realise how easy it can be.

“Woodcare technology is constantly being updated and improved, with it now being quicker, cleaner and easier to coat your deck and with great products from Cabot’s, there is no excuse for homeowners not to have a beautiful deck,” McCausland said.

One of these products is the specially formulated Cabot’s Aquadeck. Being water-based, it has almost no smell, is easy to wash-up, and can be recoated in just two hours – meaning the job can be finished in the morning and used for entertaining that same evening.

What’s more, Cabot’s Aquadeck has been proven to last twice as long as traditional oil-based deck oils, requiring less frequent application.

For product information, how-to guides and stockists, visit www.cabots.com.au

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Posted by Rob429Report
It's true. A nicely designed and decorated deck and patio can really add value to your home, whether you're looking to sell it, to enjoy it yourself, or use it for entertaining your friends. The good coating is important, but you should also remember to add a cover made of quality materials that will protect your deck from all kinds of weather.
Check this article for tips on which cover to choose:
http://www.taylorfencing.com.au/three-popular-coverings-outdoor-space/
Posted by Kira95Report
The deck is one of the biggest statement pieces of your backyard. It’s a conversation piece, and it’s the perfect canvas for outdoor get-togethers. Gone are the days when this was a copy and paste job, an outdoor deck should be as unique as you and your family. There are a lot of variables at play, not only the size and shape: the wood, the finish, the railings, any additional pieces like a fire pit, deck furniture and any landscaping that will line the perimeter. Read more: http://www.restumping-melbourne.com.au/tips-outdoor-social-spaces/
Posted by Damien81Report
you can use that same evening pity about the sticky feel when you walk or the sole imprint left on your new deck