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Which would be a better investment to enclose a small patio. Screened or windows?

5 yr home in Orlando.  Patio faces W.  Lots of sun in afternoon and early eve.  Possibility of moving in 2 - 4 years.  We had originally planned to extend patio area and enclose.  Need to enclose, there are French doors going to the 10 x 12 patio.  Using the existing roof.    
  • April 12 2010 - Northlake Park at Lake Nona
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I would do whatever would cause the best use for you in the next few years. Odds are the next buyer will appreciate your decision.
  • April 28 2010
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If you install windows and add heat, you might be able to call it an extra bedroom, and as such get more for the house.
I would not put windows...A screen room  is something that buyers want...
  • April 16 2010
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Screens, but do note that the HOA in Northlake Park is very strong, so make sure that you get approval from the Review Board BEFORE you start.
  • April 15 2010
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I was in Orlando a few months back and saw a million screened in porches.  I dont recall seeing a glassed in patio........I would conform to the neighborhood.
  • April 15 2010
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The return on such modifications is small, so do what would cause you the greatest enjoyment of your property for the next few years.

  • April 14 2010
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Probably a screened porch but this is really something that is buyer preference, however, I would guess that you don't want to throw too much money into the place with the values where they are or might be in 2-4 years, so a screened in patio or shall we say "lanai" is always welcomed by most buyers.

I would tell you to determine what others have in the neighborhood so that you're within the scope of the area and compare what the homes with screened porches vs your other option may be, value-wise.. Then determine how much each job would cost and make a determination. You don't want to over-improve your place to the point that you won't get your money's worth out of the place either. 
  • April 13 2010
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Based on the short time frame I would suggest the screened porch.
  • April 12 2010
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Screens.
  • April 12 2010
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