I have a deck (20x20 feet) and a hot tub in my backyard that I never used
and has fallen into disrepair. The deck needs to be restained and there are
some rotted areas. There are dirty water and bugs living in the hot tub.
Now I'm thinking of selling the house. Is it better to dump both these
entirely and repave the lawn, or to repair them? This is in the seattle
Without seeing it or knowing a whole lot more, it's impossible to give
advice. At one extreme, you have a deck/spa which with a little repair
work and paint is functional and adds to the value of the property. At
the other extreme, you have a deck with rotting surface and supports, a
spa thats a piece of junk at the end of its life, and not worth fixing.
Which it is cant be determined from here.
The important part of the equation is local demand. Some parts of the
world really like them others don't. You local real estate agent can help
you out there.
My personal preference would be to see it gone. I think the hot tub
craze has run it's time and is no longer much of a selling point, but that
could be different in different parts of the world.
Hot tubs are like horses- fun when somebody else owns them, and has to take
care of the feeding and upkeep.
When I shopped for houses, I skipped right over any with pools. I love
pools, but not enough to offset the expense and pita factor, given the
90-110 day swimming season around here.
A pool is not a hot tub. Hot tubs do not require very much upkeep at all, and
can be used all year. If you REALLY didn't want a hot tub, and you looked at a
house that had one, it would be easy enough to get rid of it. Someone might
actually pay you for it, and haul it away.
An inground pool, however, is a very different animal. It requires more upkeep,
and would be hard to get rid of if you didn't want it.
Probably your realtor will tell you to trash it. Its a shame to junk such a
nice amenity, but also to put work and money into something that you won't
be able to enjoy. Some people like hot tubs but a family with little kids
won't, and a family trying to have kids can't even use one anyways.
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