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Old 12-14-2011, 10:42 AM
 
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I am debating between adding a deck or a patio to my backyard and heard that a deck is considered living space and will increase property taxes. Is this true?

If so, should I just go with a patio? My backyard isn't that big and a decent size deck that holds a 4 or 6 seater table would probably take up 1/3 of the backyard space.

TIA!
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Old 12-14-2011, 11:20 AM
 
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I added a patio for that reason. a deck is considered part of the permanent structure. however when our town was reevaluated i'm sure my patio was taken into account to determine overall value...so may be 6 of one, 1/2 doz of the other.
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Old 12-14-2011, 11:30 AM
 
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I am debating between adding a deck or a patio to my backyard and heard that a deck is considered living space and will increase property taxes. Is this true?

If so, should I just go with a patio? My backyard isn't that big and a decent size deck that holds a 4 or 6 seater table would probably take up 1/3 of the backyard space.

TIA!
Depends on the town. A deck requires a permit and could increase your assessment. It would be very small if any. A patio, in my town anyway, does not. However you still need to get a zoning review of your patio plan. They have to check for impervious coverage.( basically you are only allowed to develop or cover a certain percentage of your property). I had to find out the hard way that this was a requirement. To get clearance all you need is your survey with your proposed patio drawn in.
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Old 12-14-2011, 09:37 PM
 
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Depends on the town. A deck requires a permit and could increase your assessment. It would be very small if any. A patio, in my town anyway, does not. However you still need to get a zoning review of your patio plan. They have to check for impervious coverage.( basically you are only allowed to develop or cover a certain percentage of your property). I had to find out the hard way that this was a requirement. To get clearance all you need is your survey with your proposed patio drawn in.
This is a good analysis of the situation, and I agree.
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Old 12-15-2011, 07:57 AM
 
Location: West Orange, NJ
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tdstyles hit an important point - many people i know have made the mistake of going too large with these things, and they have to be a certain distance from the end of your property, or something like that.

but if you'll enjoy a deck more than a patio, do what you will enjoy more. if the space is the same either way, do they patio to save some coin on your taxes.
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Old 12-15-2011, 09:50 AM
 
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tdstyles hit an important point - many people i know have made the mistake of going too large with these things, and they have to be a certain distance from the end of your property, or something like that.

but if you'll enjoy a deck more than a patio, do what you will enjoy more. if the space is the same either way, do they patio to save some coin on your taxes.
Does this mean we have a truce Happy Holidays!
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Old 12-15-2011, 12:00 PM
 
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Thanks all! A decent size deck also requires more maintenance and takes up more backyard space so this practical gal is gonna go with the patio.
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Old 12-15-2011, 01:11 PM
 
Location: Collingswood
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Just one more comment on this. The 1947 NJ Property Tax assessment law states that a municipality can assess property value in terms of land and improvements. Both the deck and patio would fall into the improvements category. My guess is that the assessed value of a deck on average is more than the assessed value of a patio. It's the greater assessment value of the improvement that causes the larger increase in property taxes. I don't think it has anything to do with "living space" or "non-living space." NJ towns can ding you for detached garages, finished basements, updated kitchens, the list is seemingly endless! Decks certainly require more upkeep than a patio. I went with a simple patio as well. Hope you enjoy it!
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Old 12-15-2011, 01:55 PM
 
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Thanks all! A decent size deck also requires more maintenance and takes up more backyard space so this practical gal is gonna go with the patio.
Absolutely. Not only can a deck increase your property taxes, but it's a pain in the neck to maintain. It's your decision whether it's worth it, of course.
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Old 12-15-2011, 02:03 PM
 
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a patio ain't no walk in the part WRT maintenance....put down polymeric sand but you still will need to seal, pull weeds, etc. a trex-type deck is the least maintenance of all.
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