Whether you live in a rough rainy climate or an area where the seasons vary drastically, it might be a good idea to consider installing a carport outside your home. You may have looked into building a garage, but were scared off by the enormous price. However, leaving your car, boat, RV, and other vehicles exposed to the full force of the elements year round could potentially be a costly mistake. In addition, you would not mind having a place to sit outside, shielded from the sun and the rain. A place to do outdoor projects would fit into your plans nicely as well. But, is a carport truly a cost effective investment, or a humongous drain on your savings?
The General Cost Of A Carport
When you begin to consider the associated costs of adding a new structure on your property, it is important to contact your county tax assessor’s office and figure out how such an addition is going to effect your annual property taxes. In some areas the increase in property taxes due to adding a carport will be relatively negligible. In other areas of the country, the tax increase may be significantly more–especially depending on how big your carport ends up being. Zoning issues may weigh in on how this is factored as well. But, if you already have some idea how installing a carport is going to effect your annual property taxes, then it is time to look at the cost of building the carport itself. On average, the cost people typically spend on installing a carport as an addition to their home is right around $7,000. However, the price can range from around $600 to $15,000, depending on how much carport you want and how much you would like to spend. Fortunately, this provides a person with a huge range of costs, covering everything from simple carport designs to more elaborate structures.
To Slab Or Not To Slab
It goes without saying that if you build a carport over open ground, it is likely going to be initially cheaper than pouring a concrete slab. However, if you live in a place where it rains or snows a lot, then it may be more beneficial to go ahead and spend the money on a concrete slab, keeping your yard free of ruts, due to the weight of vehicles parked in the grass. Additionally, going ahead and pouring a slab up front is a good idea, especially if you intend on eventually converting your carport into a garage down the road. In this case, you have a good portion of the cost already taken care of. Consequently, the issue of how your carport becomes cost effective can depend on your future development plans. If you are not planning on staying in your home long term, but just wanted a structure to protect your vehicles from rain, snow, and hail, then a metal topped carport on support beams may suffice for your budget. Since this is a temporary structure, when constructing a carport this way, it ends up potentially being something you can take with you if you ever sell your home. Which in turn can translate to saving even more money for you in the long run. With a little forward thinking, it is easy to see that paying for a carport now can bring you lots of savings down the road.