Adding Value to Your Home by Guest Blogger Calvin Howarth From Harcourts

Summer is approaching fast, which is exciting as we experience longer days and welcome the outdoors in. Alfresco living in New Zealand is becoming more and more popular with people spending various amounts on creating the perfect area to enjoy time with the family, entertaining friends or creating a haven to simply relax. Why is this? Let’s face it, as New Zealander's we love the outdoors!  Why not enjoy the relaxed feeling of connecting these spaces that can potentially be used all year round.

Alfresco areas can add vast value to your home as they are an extension of the living areas with great indoor/ outdoor flow, creating more usable space for outdoor eating and entertaining, make your home feel lighter and brighter and will allow your home to stand out from the rest with a real point of difference. This can only be a positive for you, as you can use and enjoy the space you create and when you do decide it is time to make a real estate move, it will be a fantastic selling feature. As a real estate agent, I find homes with good alfresco areas attract more potential buyers to view your home, this is due to buyers imagining themselves living and enjoying your home. The more buyers introduced to your property when you are selling, the more competition to buy it and ultimately this will allow you to achieve an excellent selling figure.

When it came to investing in our family alfresco area, Louvretec were a cut above the competitors. I was impressed through the whole process, right from contacting them to completion, the standard of service and materials was exceptionally high. My new alfresco area has totally transformed the way my family and I live. We love it and more importantly, it looks AMAZING.