Do you want to add a deck to your home so that you can enjoy the beautiful landscape of the Albuquerque area? There’s no better way to indulge in the great outdoors of New Mexico.  But of course, as with any luxury, it will cost you. How much?  According to Remodeling magazine’s “2018 Cost vs. Value Report,” based on a national review of costs based on a 16x20 deck with pressure-treated joists, a built-in bench and planter, a wood deck on average can cost around $10,000, while a composite deck can set you back almost $18,000. When it comes down to it, the cost of your deck will be affected by 3 factors - size, style, and the contractor.  So how can you get an idea of how much your deck will cost?

How much does it cost to build a deck?

A number of factors will affect the final cost of any deck. Professional installation is a major factor, assuming you don’t possess the skill to build the deck yourself.  Figuring out the installation costs will go a long way to determining the final cost. According to Andrew Wormer, editor of Professional Deck Builder magazine: “For every dollar spent on materials and supplies, expect to spend another dollar to have it installed.” Some contractors cover both labor and materials in their quote.

Planning Your Deck Installation

Set Limits: Make sure to check with local Albuquerque building codes before you start planning your deck, as it may affect costs, along with the size of the deck.  Have you considered maintenance costs?  If you decide to use synthetic materials, they may cost more up front, but they don’t need as much maintenance, costing lees overall.

Budget: Determine what your “wants” vs your “need” are when it comes to a deck.  You need to set a limit on the total price you’re able and willing to pay. Also, how big will the deck be relation to the size of your home? The deck needs to be proportional.  You don’t want to have a large home with a tiny deck. And if your home is smaller, an elaborate deck also may not look the best. Also, check with your homeowner’s insurance to see about the need for additional insurance for your deck.

Find the Right Contractor:  Make sure you do thorough research of deck installation contractors in Albuquerque. Try to get quotes from at least 3 contractors so that you get a fair price.  Also check online reviews, and ask potential contractors for photos of past projects.  You should also check with your local building department to make sure they are licensed, bonded, and insured.

Reducing Costs

If you need to shave some off some costs, there are a few things you can consider. You can reduce costs by reducing the overall size of the deck, along with using the right materials up front. Untreated decks cost less to install, but more to maintain. The reverse is true for composite decks. Also, if you build during the fall or winter, it could save you more, as contractors have fewer jobs and may be inclined to reduce their costs.

Building a deck is a great way to increase the value of your home, both in how you enjoy living in it now and in the future when you decide to sell it. Check back on our blog every week for more real estate and home care advice.

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