This article was first published online at HotSpring.com
When relaxing in your hot tub alone or with your family, enjoying the clean, warm water and the health benefits of immersion and powerful jet massage, it’s easy to see how your spa adds value to your life. But does it add value to your home?
That’s a question many homeowners ask as they shop for their first spa or prepare to sell a home with a hot tub in the backyard. But the answer depends on the buyer and, often, on the climate in a seller’s location.
A hot tub might offer a sense of luxury, but there’s no guarantee that feeling will translate to dollars. Some prospective buyers touring the home might see themselves relaxing in the spa and enjoying its many advantages; others who know little about hot tubs may think only of its maintenance, which in reality is simple.
Still, under the right circumstances, a hot tub might add value to a home. After all, not every home on the market offers relaxing hydrotherapy steps away from the back door.
If a prospective buyer has spent any time at all in a hot tub, he or she will grasp its value. But it’s also important to remember that not all buyers live in the homes they purchase. Some buy with the intention of renting.
A spa is a feature that may appeal to landlords, especially those who rent at the upper end of the market because it could add value to a rental home—read: more monthly rental income. A spa can also mean the difference between a luxury rental and just another home for rent.
Short-term home rentals are also increasing in popularity. So, if you are a home buyer interested in owning a vacation rental property, a hot tub will make the property stand out among others in the area.
One of the greatest experiences you can have as a hot tub owner is enjoying a soak outside in winter as the snow falls. The value of the moment needs no explanation. A close second to that experience is enjoying a similar circumstance at a ski lodge or slopeside vacation rental.
If you’re selling a home with a spa in a northern city or town with long, cold winters or near a ski resort, a buyer—landlord or not—might be willing to pay a bit more.
The same may hold true for homes in the southwest, where temperatures can plunge when the sun goes down. In Arizona, for example, the average nighttime temperature in May plunges from 95 degrees Fahrenheit to 69 degrees, which is perfect hot tub weather. In New Mexico, summer temperature swings are even more extreme, with nightly lows in the 40-50 degree range. Additionally, in California, which has a moderate year-round climate, a spa can be enjoyed in all seasons. Home buyers anywhere may find a hot tub valuable.
A home hot tub’s value is truly experiential. Hot-tubbers appreciate that a warm soak is just outside the door and that their spa is ready anytime they’re in the mood. For them, the value of warm water immersion is something no one can really put a price on:
The benefits of a spa continue after a soak, too. Once you emerge from a hot tub, your body temperature falls, triggering sleepiness. A hot soak before bed helps guide you to a restful night’s sleep.
People who have experienced the many benefits of a hot tub understand that it not only can add value to your home, but to everyday life. They form a segment of home buyers who are eager to take advantage of those rewards every day in their own backyards. A listing that features a picture of an attractive home with an equally attractive home spa is sure to glean looks from interested buyers.
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