How to Plan for a New Deck for the Spring

Maryland’s fall and winter seasons are a hit and miss when it comes to warm or cold days. However, it can leave you dreaming of dryer and warmer weather. It comes as no surprise that homeowners wait to improve their outdoor living space until the weather is better too. Many either don’t think construction companies can work with colder temperatures or just don’t have it top of mind. Believe it or not, this is the perfect time to plan for a new deck for the spring or any outdoor living space, for that matter. It’s a great way to have it done in time to enjoy it when the weather is better. Or, for some, space to enjoy the outdoors this fall and winter. Here is how to get started.

1. Budget Your Deck

New Deck for the SpringThe great thing about starting now is you can get an estimate to start budgeting. This allows you to anticipate cost obstacles, financing, and/or additional features. At 7th State Builders, we sit down with our homeowners and go over materials, size, features, and more. This makes sure you are getting the deck of your dreams in the budget that works for you. We are also insured and bonded in Maryland. This is for your protection, and you shouldn’t go with a contractor that isn’t. Also, if you plan on selling your home in the next few years, know that you can recoup about 65-70% of your costs with a new deck!

2. Pick a Project Date

One of the best things about planning for a new deck today is making it work on your schedule. With an influx of requests in Spring, getting in early ensures you are on the schedule before it gets booked up. Also, it can take time before the work can get started. There are many times permits and/or HOAs to deal with. This can take time and energy – which is easier to deal with upfront than delaying your new deck. Who really wants to deal with the construction phase during spring and summer anyway? The earlier you start, the quicker you can enjoy it during the warmer months.

3. Get Your Materials

Wrap Around New Deck-PorchWith COVID, shipping has taken a hit, and materials aren’t coming in as fast as they once were. That is why it’s important to start the process now, so you are ready for 2021. This also affects prices, so again, back to #1, this will help you stay within budget. Ordering now and waiting is better than paying a premium in the Spring to have it shipped quickly. With so many materials to choose from, we want you to pick the ones you love, not the ones that are “just available.” Planning has never been this important. COVID doesn’t delay construction, but it will delay materials, so best to figure out what you want now.

4. Call the Experts

At 7th State Builders, we can help you through every phase of planning for a new deck. No matter where you are in the process, just starting with design ideas, or know exactly the size, shape, and materials you want – we can help. We have helped many homeowners build patios, decks, and outdoor living spaces to meet their needs. But even more than that, our standards are to meet your expectations and more. Don’t just trust our word. See what our customers have to say about their home projects. Call us today to get started on your new deck for spring!