Back in March, real estate site urged homeowners to do some soul-searching before signing up for a new backyard deck. Although their “5 Questions” were said to be those real estate pros “say you should ask yourself,” you don’t have to be a professional to recognize the wisdom in giving them some thought. As Costa Mesa homeowners prepare for summer this year, the questions deckless homeowners should ask themselves are especially worth thinking about. The issues touched upon:

Entertainment. Decks are for entertainment, for you, family, and guests. Do you really like “outdoor living?” If it’s not high on your priority list, you might put off the project until building material prices come back down to earth. Right now, lumber inflation is a thing. Check out Costa Mesa lumber prices if you want to do a double-take.

View. A spacious deck is a pleasure to hang out in—unless the surrounding area is more eyesore than eye candy. If the visual environment genuinely needs improvement, other projects (like fencing or planting a visual barrier) deserve priority. Bob Vila’s site offers some valuable ideas.

Investment. If the primary motivation for adding a deck is to boost your Costa Mesa property’s resale value, studies indicate that the most you stand to recoup is 66%-74%. This is hardly what an accountant would recommend—although renewing a weather-beaten or splintered deck is another story entirely.

Resale. However (this is the exact opposite advice, financially speaking), if you plan to put your Costa Mesa home on the market anytime soon, for some properties, an attractive deck can be the deciding factor. If it makes a sale happen, the added value is hard to calculate.

You. If you have always fancied a deck—and you’ll be sticking around the neighborhood for a while—it can be a priceless addition to the amount of enjoyment your home provides.

If the decision is ‘yes’ for a new deck, the relative cost for wood or composite is currently a moving target. Composite decks have a maintenance and durability advantage, and right now, with wood prices and availability in flux, the initial cost differential has narrowed considerably.

Usable outdoor space is getting more consideration in post-pandemic America. For fresh insight into how Costa Mesa real estate offerings are faring, give me a call anytime.

We are built on a philosophy of Heritage & Hustle. The L3 is a full service real estate agency with a regional office located in the heart of #CostaMesa, offering a wide-array of custom services to meet their clients’ needs with roots in the community since 1976.  It’s L3 mission is to provide trusted, convenient, responsive service to ensure clients enjoy their real estate experience. The L3 was originally formed to offer personal, concierge-level service as an alternative to the large, nationally based real estate companies. From its small beginnings of only two employees, The L3 has grown to a full staff of 25 serving over 300 clients a year. The L3 is not limited to serving just its clients; it is also committed to serving the community. Not only has The L3 donated hundreds of hours to many area charities, they have also received the prestige of being named one of the #toprealestatecompaniesinCostaMesa  If you’re interested in #buyingorsellinginOrangeCounty, turn to the experts. Turn to The L3 and let them help you make your real estate buying or selling dreams come true. For more information or to get started on finding or selling your home contact The L3 today at 714-444-4663 or email us at





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