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Old 07-29-2008, 10:39 AM
 
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When selling a home are hot tubs a plus or
minus?

I have a 8 yr old spa on the deck that never
gets used.
It also needs a new cover (at least $350 to replace).

Thnx.
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Old 07-29-2008, 10:49 AM
 
Location: Providence, RI
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Just put it on the market with the hot tub and disclose the fact that it needs a new cover. Many people will remove it or want it removed so I would not invest in a new cover before trying to sell. If someone makes an offer and wants to use the tub, then your fixing it can be a part of the sales negotiation.
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Old 07-29-2008, 12:00 PM
 
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It's much like a pool. Generally you dont get 100% of your money back on the investment. But since its 8 years old, they can rid of it if they dont want it.
At least its not a pool (those are harder to remove) and tend to limit your buying pool somewhat.
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Old 07-29-2008, 12:18 PM
 
Location: TX
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I bought a house that had a hot tub in the back (this was in Cali) and I made them remove it as part of my stipulations for buying it. I didn't want to maintain it, so they got rid of the hot tub and I bought the house. It really didn't detract from the house for me, just make it a negotiation thing.
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Old 07-29-2008, 01:11 PM
 
Location: West End-Hartford
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In this area, I've found most people see hot tubs as something they don't particularly want. Just be prepared to remove it, if asked. You may also want to advertise the hot tub "as is."
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Old 04-01-2009, 04:04 PM
 
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Can anyone tell me how to get rid of a hot tub? I bought a house two years ago with a Caldera Spa and I don't use it. I've put it on Craig's list and advertised in the classified and called local dealers with no luck. It's in amazing condition but no one has even looked at it. Any suggestions would be appreciated. I live in CT.
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Old 04-01-2009, 04:32 PM
 
Location: CT - close to coast
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Yes. It creates Value. Period.

Even though it can only be used a few months out of the year it costs thousands to install and purchase. So it's a great incentive to have when selling a home. 8 yrs old is border line but since it was rarely used and as long as it still works then buying a cover won't be a big deal.

Is it heated? Then you get to use it 12 months out of the year.

Don't add it in details...let them see it when doing the walkthrough. Good luck
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Old 04-01-2009, 06:06 PM
 
Location: Cheshire, Conn.
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It's usually a minus. However, buyers who have a strong opinion one way or the other will either ask for it to stay or request that it be removed.
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Old 04-01-2009, 06:56 PM
 
Location: CT - close to coast
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Pools require maintenance so sometimes they are a turn off but spas and hot tubs would be ok.

Buyers won't turn down a house just because of a hot tub but they will turn down a house because of a pool.
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Old 04-01-2009, 07:45 PM
 
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I think a Hot tub would not be a turn of, if they don't like it , they can remove it or let the seller remove it. I personally love a Hot tub and have one , it is not much maintenance, and you can use it year round. We use it a lot in the winter and in the summer. In the summer we don't have the heat on high and it is nice to sit in and relax. Much better then a pool!
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