How to Decide If a Spa Should Convey With Property for Sale

Deborah K. Vick

In a difficult real estate market, those attempting to sell their homes need to use every advantage they can to help it move faster. One question many hot tub or spa owners have is whether they should let the hot tub convey with the property. After weighing the options, many home sellers come to the conclusion that it is easier to leave their spa behind. There are several reasons why. These are just a few.

A hot tub raises the property value. When it is properly installed and ready to go, it is considered a luxurious and sophisticated addition to a home. It is a positive selling point, and can be the boost a home seller needs to make the property more appealing than the competition’s home. Most people think it is harder to purchase and install a spa than it really is, so having it ready to go is an advantage for a potential sale over buying a home with a concrete spa pad or empty area to fill. In today’s real estate market, homes that sell faster are those in move-in condition. A spa that is already assembled, installed and in working order fits the bill.

It could be time for an upgrade. Selling the old spa with the property means a new spa is in order with the new home. This gives the owner a chance to buy a newer, nicer model that may have some extra bells and whistles included that were not available when the existing model was manufactured. Many modern hot tubs use more sophisticated hot tub filters, which means they do not need to be changed as often and the water is even cleaner than before. Newer hot tub equipment makes maintenance easier than it used to be, leaving the new spa owner more time for relaxing in it.

Another reason a home seller might wish to convey the appliance with the home is because it is easier to leave it than to take it along. For example, the destination house for the seller may be far away. Rather than attempting to safely transport it or paying extra costs for shipping, it may simply be easier to buy a new one upon arrival in the new location. Another issue may be whether there is enough room in the new home for a hot tub, or whether it already has one.

On the other hand, the seller may not wish to part with the hot tub. People do grow attached to things that are familiar and easy to use. It could be the ideal model, and might be difficult for the homeowner to part with along with everything else.

One downside to letting the spa convey with the rest of the property may lie with the potential homebuyers. They may be unable to afford the added value to the property for sale or may want to haggle over the price. One way to remedy this issue is to simply increase the property value before listing the home, making the spa part of the property before it ever comes into question.

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