Thursday, July 6, 2017

Choosing the Proper Deck on Long Island

Property Tax Reduction Consultants
125 Jericho Turnpike, Suite 500 
Jericho, NY 11753
(516) 484-0654 or (631) 484-0654

If you were born and raised here on Long Island, you're aware of the lack of space. We still have our backyards, but we need to utilize very inch of space we have if we want to take the barbecues to the next level. A deck is a popular addition that people have been using for years, but it's not as simple as it seems. There are codes, regulations and steep costs that come with adding a structure like this to your home. Here is what you need to know»


Research Your Market 
If cost is your main concern, you're going to love this! An enclosed extension on your home will typically cost anywhere between $150 and $300 per square foot. A deck will only run you about $30 to $40 per square foot which can help you save big! The only issue with a deck is that sometimes the town will give you a hard time about safety regulations and size. To steer clear of problems, head down your block and ask neighbors if you can take a peak at their additions. Size them similarly to what you've seen approved in your community.
Think Long Term 
If you're kids are moving out and the taxes are not feasible for you in the future, leaving Long Island is probably in your long term plans. Try and build or renovate a deck as close to your home's sale as possible. Safety codes are always changing and an old deck can actually hurt the value of a home more than it can help it. Make sure your contractor is accredited and licensed and maybe have the deck inspected to double check before you start showing the home to potential buyers. 
Need Some Shade? 
The obvious issue with building a deck as opposed to an extension is the exposure to elements. You can only use a deck 4-6 months a year and even in those months, you want have any protection from rain. To combat this, some people build physical structures extending from their roof to provide shelter. Others will build a retractable awning, but this is only going to provide shade from the sun and not the rain. Whatever you choose, make sure you get exactly what you want. Don't nickel and dime just to realize you don't like the deck after it is finished. 

If you want a little change up to spice Summer 2017, it's not too late to consider a new deck. If you're going to go through with it, the value of your home will now need to be reassessed. If you use P.T.R.C. Inc. we can make sure you are not being overtaxed by the county! 

If you have any questions about property tax reductions, call P.T.R.C. Inc. at 516/631-484-0654 or email info@ptrc.com. 

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