With our team of buyers agents, we have a common discussion that comes up with regard to our real estate buyer’s needs. That discussion is about homes that have outdoor additions. Whether or not they are going to be “included” in the price.
There is no doubt that they “add value”, if they have been done “right”. By Right, I mean they are permitted by the city and are up to code.
Some cities will use their square footage in the over square footage on the property – and with more square footage, you have a property that is worth more money.
It’s the one’s that are not permitted, that can cause a buyer headaches. Some Cities and Municipalities demand, upon changing of ownership, that their inspectors visit properties to see if there were any illegal additions, structures, or modifications that should have had been permitted by the city.
Some people say the cities are doing these “closing inspections” only to line their pockets with more money, others think the cities are doing this to keep people safe. Bottom line is that these inspections are being conducted and to get knowledge to best protect yourself. Your agents should best direct you to how to “remedy” any of these situations.
If the structure is permitted – you are golden. Enjoy the rest of our article on how Outdoor Living spaces can be a Sellers dream and a buyer’s desire.
Outdoor living spaces are a priority in homes for 2013. The design of these spaces, however, is different than it may have been in the past. While certainly we all love a great deck or a patio to sit on and enjoy chatting with family and friends the current trend includes adding a screened porch or defined space that serves as an actual room, only outdoors.
Having a space to enjoy outside is important to many people, whether it is a spot to curl up and read a book or a place to throw a cocktail property. Regardless of the intent the idea is to expand your home to include an outdoor living room where you can enjoy fresh air while relaxing or socializing. We are all for the “cocktail” part 🙂
Sun rooms can be created with walls of windows that can open up during warm months. The bonus of these rooms is that passive solar heat can warm them during colder months and allow you to feel outside but cozy at the same time. Likewise, a screened porch adds a living room with an outdoor feel shaded from the hot sun. An outdoor living room can also be created outside on a patio by adding a frame capable of holding curtains, adding a touch of privacy and elegance.
Whatever you decide to do with your property this year, consider the current trend of adding outdoor living space. An attractive and useable space adds appeal for buyers and can help you enjoy the outdoors while you are living in your home.
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