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Will replacing a wooden deck with a composite one get a high return at time of resale

  • March 07 2013 - Crystal Lake
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Thanks for all the input, we have decided not to replace with Trex.
  • March 08 2013
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As long as you have a deck that is in good working condition it will not matter.  Your dollar for dollar return will be about the same. 
  • March 08 2013
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If the current deck is in reasonable shape, power wash it, repair anything broken and re-stain it. 

If you want a Trex deck for yourself to enjoy and you plan on staying awhile then replace it.
  • March 08 2013
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If you and your buddies do the work yourself and you have the right lot and you do an amazing job, it may work out well for you at resale. I would only replace the current wood deck now, if it is unsafe or you want a bigger and better deck..
  • March 08 2013
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I do not think you will get any $$$ return on that investment. A seller rarely gets all the $$ they spend on an improvement. However, there are other factors that affect the price you might get so if the improvement makes you hapy, go do it. If you plan to sell sooner than later perhaps do not do it, but if you plan to stay a while.....3-5yrs, go ahead.
  • March 08 2013
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Google Value vs Cost home improvements and check out the 2013 link and this will provide you information on expected returns for all the different home improvement projects you could complete and it is broken down into different regions.  
  • March 08 2013
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If you sell in a year there probably won't be any financial difference.  If you sell in 10 years and the wooden deck would be deteriorated then the Trex will give you better return or really one less thing to repair.  Regardless, adding a deck will probably not even give you the return of what you spend on it.
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