Does my screen porch count as square footage for tax purposes?

As a design/ build firm of custom outdoor screen porches, patios, and decks, customers often inquire as to the tax implications and resale value of adding a screen porch.

EZE Breeze screen porch with a difficult roof connection built by Archadeck of Charlotte

EZE Breeze screen porch with a difficult roof connection built by Archadeck of Charlotte

In terms of from a legal standpoint as well as a listing realtor, screen porches DO NOT count as square footage in your homes value equation.
They DO however increase the value of the home!

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In North Carolina and South Carolina, the average return on investment (ROI) when you add a screen porch is somewhere north of 80%, which ranks right up there with the best investments you can make in your home. When you add that to the fact that it will most likely become your favorite and most used space for entertaining, it is a great investment.

Some homeowners add EZE Breeze windows to make it a convertible screen porch and sunroom. This still will not count as square footage even though you are technically enclosing the porch. The square footage equation kicks in when you have heated living or conditioned space (HLA). To learn more about screen porches, go to charlotte.archadeck.com

 

 

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Top 10 home repairs/remodeling projects that are done to improve the home value in Charlotte market area

Kitchen remodeler Charlotte

Totally remodeled kitchen by Value Remodelers and Handyman Services in Charlotte, NC

Value Remodelers and Handyman Services is a fully licensed and insured remodeling organization that is an Archadeck of Charlotte company. In reviewing the Top 10 home repair/ remodeling projects that their customers find add the most value to the home, we have decided to publish these:

1. Update Master Bathroom

2. Update front entry door

3. Replace rotten wood around windows and doors

4. Update Kitchen counter tops and cabinets

5. Add stone features to interior fireplace, back splashes, and islands

6. Replace outdated lighting fixtures and upgrade to LED bulbs

7. Tear out carpeting and replace with hardwoods

8. Add heated living space for in-laws suite

9. Make bathrooms upgraded for “aging in place” and handicap accessible

10. Replace windows with energy efficient vinyl replacement windows

Remodeling Magazine publishes similar lists and it is interesting to see the overlap between Charlotte, NC and the national scene!

To see a great photo gallery of home remodeling projects, go to valueremodelers.com

How many references should I check when it comes to home remodeling?

Unfortunately, when today’s consumer goes to invite a remodeling contractor (or any contractor) into their home, the decision is usually based on hearing from one neighbor or friend that the contractor did a good job.

When you are making a decision to hire someone to work one of your largest investments (your home), it makes more sense to get a minimum of 4 references as we find anyone can have a “good day”. The advice from the National Association of Remodelers (NARI) and other respected organizations is to properly vet contractors by talking to 3-4 references who have contracted these people and look at their work. If they cannot provide hundreds of examples of their work, do you really know for sure?

Value Remodelers and Handyman Services remodeled bathroom in Charlotte

People have to apply the same techniques they would as if they were hiring someone to work for their business when it comes to hiring remodeling contractors. To gain more information you can go to either www.valueremodelers.com or www.charlotte.archadeck.com

Return on Investment for remodeling projects?

At Archadeck of Charlotte, we are constantly asked about return on investment when it comes to different remodeling projects. Remodeling Magazine publishes an annual report each year that updates the annual results of return on investment. Outdoor living has risen as a return on investment for the past 5 years as people began staying home more and we not able to sell their homes very easily.

Archadeck of Charlotte custom designed Trex deck

Charlotte Deck Builder (Archadeck) custom designed composite deck

Now people realize they are going to have to invest  money back into their homes in order to keep them up to date, for maintenance reasons, and for the ability to sell the home as there is so much competition.  The leading remodeling projects for return on investment are bathrooms, decks, patio’s, and kitchens. To get more ideas for your home, either go to www.charlotte.archadeck.com or www.valueremodelers.com

Remodeling trends that aren’t leaving…

US News and World Report wrote a great article recently about major remodeling trends that are here to stay. The gist of the article highlights the fact that in-law suites, kitchens, and outdoor living makeovers are the 3 remodeling projects that are not only hot now but data shows there is no slowing down in the foreseeable future.

Outdoor Fireplace Charlotte with travertine and stone seating walls

Outdoor Fireplace Charlotte with travertine and stone seating walls

  With an aging population and health care facilities beyond the average persons financial resources, in-law suites are becoming more and more common as a place for us to house our parents as they age and need care. They also add value to the home. Kitchen tasted are changing as people are forgoing large work space areas for larger eating areas. Finally, outdoor living has become a sort of refuge as people love the outdoors and moving their indoor conveniences outside.These 3 treads have great staying power and are great investments in your home! For design ideas, go to www.charlotte.archadeck.com or www.valueremodelers.com .

Bathroom Remodeling…what can I do on a budget?

 

Charlotte bathroom remodeling Archadeck of Charlotte

Charlotte bathroom remodeling Archadeck of Charlotte

We often get asked, what can I do on a budget to remodel my bathroom? Depending on your budget, more than you think! Value Remodelers and Handyman Services is an Archadeck of Charlotte company that has a low cost of operation and does full service handyman and remodeling work. When people think about remodeling their bathroom, they are often told there is a minimum of $10 – 30,000. This is simply not true. There are many things you can do on a budget to remodel your bathroom. The most common items we are asked to do are new cabinets, faucets, shower doors, and caulk or grout around tile. These do not have to be a lot of money. Qualified companies that do this know how do advise their clients on cost effective modifications to the bathroom that will bring the room up to date and also more functional. To get more information, visit www.valueremodelers.com or call 704-944-1357.

When do I need to replace my windows or doors?

Value Remodelers and Handyman Services is an Archadeck of Charlotte company that can evaluate rotten wood around windows and doors to determine if you need to replace your actual window or door or it is simply a matter of tearing out the rotten wood trim and replacing it with either new wood trim or a low-maintenance synthetic trim. Many companies will try to convince you that you need to replace the entire unit when it probably is only the trim. The savings can be thousands of dollars. There are great wood alternatives now for trim that are made of cellular PVC and virtually replicate the appearance of freshly painted wood and will never rot. For more information on this, either call 704-944-1357 or go to http://www.valueremodelers.com