Big bucket items and backyard dreamy
As the Gen Xers continue to improve and invest in their homes, luxury sporting items are again in demand. Whether pools, saunas, or tennis courts, the 40-50 somethings are spending their money on creating outdoor escapes for their houses instead of investing in summer homes or cottages. Unfortunately, not all luxury items increase the value of your home. Here are a few of the pitfalls to be aware of and some better investment options.
For years, pools have had a stigma surrounding them. Realtors and home evaluation experts preached the idea that a pool investment would reduce the value of your property. We now know, according to the National Association of Realtors (2015), that while a pool may reduce the amount of buyers interested in purchasing your home, they also attract a different buyer who would have otherwise been uninterested.
In Canada, when it comes to a swimming pool, your home value stays constant. Unfortunately, this means that the entire investment of the swimming pool comes out of
your pocket with no hope of seeing a return. When deciding if a pool is right for you, make sure to count the total days in the summer that you can use it; multiply this by the length of time you want to be in the home; and divide that into the total installation cost of the pool. You’ll probably realize that it will cost you between $140 and $165 dollars for every day you actually swim.
A more economical solution to a swimming pool, saunas have continued to be in demand as a 4-season outdoor water feature. With a marginal return-on-investment, hot tubs, Jacuzzi’s and soakers are more than just the default for homeowners unwilling to spend the money on a swimming pool. The biggest complaint that sauna-owners consistently make is that after the first year, they use them less and less. The key to use is all about the design of the space. Saunas that are in secluded spaces in the back with easy access to an entry point get used more often. If you want one, plan on some great privacy screens and a way to keep the snow shoveled in the winter.
BASKETBALL AND SPORT COURTS
As an avid tennis player, it pains me to say that putting in a tennis court just doesn’t make sense for a majority of homeowners. Aside from the cost of the installation and the maintenance, very few building lots are really large enough to have a full court without looking totally overwhelmed. If you are among the lucky few with a big property that can house a court, consider going with a multi-purpose sport court instead of a true tennis court. Sport courts combine the lines and the equipment to play a variety of games including basketball, volleyball, tennis and badminton. When it comes to attracting buyers, more options are always better.
big in the 90’s and early 2000’s, putting greens have decreased in popularity with more homeowners opting to install artificial turf instead. Done properly however, a good putting green can replace the need for a lawn in the back with something that still looks green but actually has a purpose. Technology and design have allowed golfers to adjust the speed of their home greens to match the ones at their golf club so that they get true putting consistency.
At the end of the day, these types of luxury items in the backyard aren’t really about making money. They are about creating a space that works for your family. At least now you can check these items off your bucket list while spending the money with the confidence that you aren’t hurting the value of your home!
The 40-50 somethings are spending their money on creating outdoor escapes for their houses instead of investing in summer homes or cottages.